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The Dead Are Alive -- (1972) Alex Cord, Samantha Eggar, John Marley, Nadja Tiller. An archaeological dig sets out for an ancient Etruscan burial ground.  An ancient tomb is discovered and opened...


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31 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »
There's No Place To Hide When ... THE DEAD ARE ALIVE!
A photographer on an archaeological expedition digging up Etruscan ruins in Italy begins to suspect that not all the Etruscans buried there are actually dead. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alex Cord ... Jason Porter

Samantha Eggar ... Myra Shelton

John Marley ... Nikos Samarakis

Nadja Tiller ... Leni Samarakis
Enzo Tarascio ... Inspector Giuranna
Horst Frank ... Stephen
Enzo Cerusico ... Alberto
Carlo De Mejo ... Igor Samarakis
Daniela Surina ... Irene
Vladan Holec ... Otello (as Vladan Milasinovic)
Christina von Blanc ... Velia (as Christiane Von Blank)
Mario Maranzana ... Sgt. Vitanza
Wendy D'Olive ... Giselle
Pier Luigi D'Orazio ... Minelli
Ivan Pavicevac ... Policeman
Cinzia Bruno ... Motorcyclist's girlfriend
Rodolfo Bigotti ... Motorcyclist
Carla Mancini
Rosita Torosh (as Rosa Toros)
Alessandro Angeloni
Pietro Fumelli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Bertocci ... Servant (uncredited)
Carla Brait ... Danzatrice (uncredited)
Aristide Caporale ... Muratore (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Armando Crispino 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Battistrada 
Armando Crispino 
Lutz Eisholz 
Bryan Edgar Wallace  short story

Produced by
Artur Brauner .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Erico Menczer 
Film Editing by
Alberto Gallitti 
Art Direction by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
Set Decoration by
Giovanni Natalucci 
Costume Design by
Luca Sabatelli 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Tourjansky .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bruno Zanoli .... sound mixer
Editorial Department
Edoardo Romani .... assistant editor
Other crew
Umberto Sambuco .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"L'etrusco uccide ancora" - Italy (original title)
"Overtime" - Europe (English title)
"The Etruscan Kills Again" - International (English title)
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105 min | Germany:99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

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70mm blow-up version released in Spain.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Armando Crispino's clever, classy giallo, 26 July 2007
Author: melvelvit-1 from NYC suburbs

In Italy, a series of murders occur at a newly discovered Etruscan burial ground and when a tomb is opened, wall murals of sacrificial killings depict the current deaths ...but how could that possibly be? An American on the site, Professor Jason Porter (Alex Cord) -a violent alcoholic who also suffers blackouts- finds himself not only in the midst of a mystery, but a suspect as well. Was an ancient demon god unleashed when the burial grounds were disturbed -or are the murders the work of a mere (maniacal) mortal?

Armando Crispino's clever and classy entry from the Golden Age of the Giallo (1968-75) has nearly all the conventions one expects from the genre: an innocent (?) American abroad somehow connected to a string of violent crimes, ineffectual police detectives, quirky suspects, nubile victims, red herrings, brutal bludgeonings, suicides, and an insane killer that may come as a surprise. There's also a shoe fetish, a homosexual, a bottle of J&B Whiskey, a wild car chase, and Riz Ortolani's score to hold viewer interest. One of my favorite gialli plot devices is used here to good effect: the protagonist had a clue to the killer's identity all along if only he had interpreted a certain event correctly. All that's missing are the ever-present black gloves -but you won't miss them. This colorful, well-made thriller, based on a short story by Bryan Edgar Wallace, was released in the U.S. as THE DEAD ARE ALIVE. Rounding out the cast are Samantha Eggar, John "Death Dream" Marley, and guest-star Nadja Tiller.

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