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Cold Eyes of Fear -- Respectable lawyer Peter picks up Anna, an Italian woman of dubious virtue, from the club and takes her back to his Uncle's place. They soon discover they are not alone. A gunman Quill (Julian Mateos), is waiting for them.
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Director:
Writers:
Leo Anchóriz (screenplay)
Leo Anchóriz (story)
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Release Date:
6 April 1971 (Italy) See more »
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Respectable lawyer Peter picks up Anna, an Italian woman of dubious virtue, from the club and takes her back to his Uncle's place. They soon discover they are not alone. A gunman Quill (Julian Mateos), is waiting for them. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Giovanna Ralli ... Anna
Frank Wolff ... Arthur Welt

Fernando Rey ... Juez Flower
Julián Mateos ... Quill
Karin Schubert ... Nightclub Actress
Leonardo Scavino ... Hawkins the butler (as Leon Lenoir)
Franco Marletta
Gianni Garko ... Peter Flower

Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leo Anchóriz  screenplay
Leo Anchóriz  story
Tito Carpi  screenplay
Tito Carpi  story
Enzo G. Castellari  screenplay
Enzo G. Castellari  story

Produced by
José Frade .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Antonio L. Ballesteros 
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Production Design by
Román Calatayud 
 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
 
Makeup Department
Otello Sisi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pietro Grifi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis Ligero Poza .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gene Luotto .... post-synchronization
Carlo Palmieri .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Gianfranco Amicucci .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... musical director
 
Other crew
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director
Isabel Mulá .... script supervisor
Julio Parra .... production supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Gli occhi freddi della paura" - Italy (original title)
"Desperate Moments" - USA (TV title)
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Spain:81 min | USA:91 min | Italy:95 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
less than amazing giallo -- but a great soundtrack!, 20 May 2001
Author: Matt Moses from Brooklyn, NY

By no means the best giallo I've seen, this Enzo Castellari tale of ___ drags horribly and maintains little suspense. Set in Swinging London (but filmed primarily in Rome), the movie finds young lawyer Gianni Garko about to seduce prostitute Giovanna Ralli at his swank house. They stumble upon the butler's dead body, undoubtedly a victim of temperate ruffian Julián Mateos, who then terrorizes the couple with his gun and leather suit. Judge Fernando Rey, who keep a cat on his desk, calls nephew Garko to ask for legal assistance and sends constable Frank Wolff over with a missive. The sleazy couple assumes the cop to be a deus ex machine, but he proves to be in on the racket. After sending Rey a secret plea for help (in Latin no less), our hopeful gets haughty and gives the sneering tough guy a good pounding. While Ralli fails to seduce Mateos with a shower, Rey puzzles out the message and sends some genuine although ineffectual police. Some may wonder what will happen to the unlovable couple besieged by this complicated plot; others may not. Castellari fills Cold Eyes with similarly absurd post-nouvelle vague editing, and I suspect this was a strictly commissioned affair for the veteran writer, producer and actor who can claim over 40 films to his credit. His failure as director really displays itself in the overdone, montage-heavy finale. Despite its lack of flesh and gore, Cold Eyes is shockingly exploitative. Wolff murders a policeman in flashback during a gratuitously cruel story diversion, only to illustrate his already obviously violent side. The violence throughout comes off as unnecessarily brutal, as well as distinctly European in flavor. None of the male characters treat the unimpressive prostitute much like a human, her unsurprised response perhaps suggesting they're correct to do so. Easily the best part of the movie is Ennio Morricone's amazing score, would fit better in a well-paced environment. If you want to see a decent film with Rey, who doesn't actually appear in shot with any of the main cast and probably only showed up for a day's worth of filming, check out the same year's French Connection.

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