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Lo strangolatore di Vienna
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The Mad Butcher (1971) More at IMDbPro »Lo strangolatore di Vienna (original title)

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May 1974 (USA) See more »
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After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Victor Buono ... Otto Lehman
Franca Polesello ... Berta Hensel

Brad Harris ... Mike Lawrence
Dario Michaelis ... Inspector Klaus
Karin Field ... Hanna Lehman (as Karen Field)
Luca Sportelli ... Karl Brunner
Hansi Linder ... Frieda Ulm
Tina Buranzo (as Tina Buronzo)
Giacomo Pergola
Dino Peretti
Claudio Trionfi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Randall ... Police officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Guido Zurli  (as John Zurli)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dag Molin 
Dick Randall  (as Robert H. Oliver)
Karl Ross  story

Produced by
Benito Bertaccini .... producer
Gene Corso .... executive producer
Dag Molin .... producer
Dick Randall .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alessandro Alessandroni  (as Alex Alexander)
Cinematography by
Augusto Tiezzi 
Film Editing by
Enzo Alabiso 
Graham Lee Mahin 
Art Direction by
Francesco Di Stefano  (as Frank Di Stefano)
Costume Design by
Gloria Cardi 
Makeup Department
Lilli Bridges .... hair stylist
Liliana Ponti .... hair stylist (as Lilli Ponti)
Diana Green Rose .... makeup artist
Diana Verdirosi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Amedeo Baratti .... production secretary
Fernando Cinquini .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Tucci .... assistant director
Fabian Tucker .... assistant director
Sound Department
Amedeo Casati .... sound
Ted Case .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ron Post .... special effects
Renato Postiglione .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Betti Berutto .... camera operator
Hank Betz .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Elisabetta Innocenzi .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Lo strangolatore di Vienna" - Italy (original title)
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83 min | UK:84 min | USA:81 min
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Also shown in the US as "Meat Is Meat".See more »
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Featured in A Visit with Harry (2005) (V)See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Black Comedy At It's Finest, 15 August 2004
Author: clockwork8812 from USA

During the 60's, 70's and 80's, black comedies were common. At the height of the craze in 1971, notorious producer Dick Randall decided to go after Victor Buono who was a rising star throughout the cinema world. Only Randall had a reputation for being exploitive, and here he continued on the same pace yet changed his name to Robert Oliver. For those of you who aren't familiar with Randall, he was the guy behind two notorious horror pix in the 80's: DON'T OPEN 'TILL Christmas and SLAUGHTER HIGH. But The Mad Butcher is different. From beginning to end it's nothing but a fun ride as we watch Buono get released from the asylum and go back to being "The Best Butcher In Vienna" Keep in mind this guy was committed by his wife because he hit an old lady over the head with a couple pounds of liverwurst. Ultra low budget flick that had me rolling in laughter.

Score, 6 out of 10 Stars

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