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Amuck (1972)
"Alla ricerca del piacere" (original title)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  June 1978 (USA)
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A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.



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Credited cast:
Richard Stuart
Greta Franklin
Rosalba Neri ...
Eleanora Stuart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petar Martinovitch ...
Dino Mele ...
Umberto Raho ...
Giovanni - the butler
Nino Segurini ...
Il commissario Antonelli
Patrizia Viotti ...
Sally Reece


Greta Franklin, a beautiful American blonde, arrives on an island near Venice and rings the door-bell of Richard Stuart, a famous novelist who lives in a beautiful house with his wife Elonora. She manages to be hired as Richard's new secretary, the former one having disappeared without a trace. What Richard and Eleonora do not know - yet- is that Greta has a secret motive for taking the job: not only did she know Sally, her predecessor, but she was her lover... Written by Guy Bellinger

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He kidnapped beautiful women, forcing them to do what he wanted...AND HE WANTED EVERYTHING! See more »


Mystery | Thriller


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June 1978 (USA)  »

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Italian censorship visa # 58802 delivered on 13-11-1971. See more »


Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Babs and Rosie do Venice.
22 February 2014 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Gorgeous young American secretary Greta (Barbara Bouchet) accepts a job with successful and charismatic author Richard Stuart (Farley Granger) in order to find out what has happened to her close friend Sally (Patrizia Viotti), who has mysteriously disappeared while in the writer's employ; to get to the truth, Greta must become a participant in the hedonistic lifestyle enjoyed by Richard and his beautiful wife Eleanora (Rosalba Neri) and ultimately risk her life in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

With stars as stunning as Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri, neither of whom mind shedding their clothes when called upon, a strong story wouldn't be much of a priority to many, but to his credit, writer/director Silvio Amadio still bothers to weave a pretty good tale amidst all of his film's eroticism and debauchery, creating a neat little mystery that offers up several well executed scenes of suspense, excellent location work in the waterways of Venice and the surrounding marshlands, an atmospheric score (which utilises a theremin to add extra eeriness), and just a smidgen of gore.

Nail-biting highlights include Greta's search of the Stuarts' cellar and a duck hunt that goes horribly wrong for our heroine, but the most memorable moment for me (as I imagine it will be for most men) has got to be Bouchet and Neri's amazingly hot, slow-motion, lesbian sex scene, which is more than worthy of a rewind or two.

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