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Smile Before Death (1972)

Il sorriso della iena (original title)
After the death of her mother under strange circumstances, a teenage girl quickly begins to suspect that her recently widowed stepfather may be involved.

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Jenny Tamburi ...
Nancy Thompson (as Luciana Della Robbia)
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Marco
Rosalba Neri ...
Gianna
Dana Ghia ...
Magda
Zora Gheorgieva ...
Dorothy Emerson
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Servant (as Luigi Guerra)
Fabio Garriba
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After her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, a seemingly naive 16 year old girl named Lucia Della Robbins (Jenny Tamburi) arrives at her Italian villa, where she begins to suspect that her new and recently widowed stepfather and her mother's friend (Rosalba Neri) may be involved in the apparent suicide. Written by jairhcastillo

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4 May 1972 (Italy)  »

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Death Before the Smile  »

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Italian censorship visa # 60245 delivered on 20-4-1972. See more »

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Pretty good giallo full of twists and turns.
22 October 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Teenaged Nancy Thompson arrives unexpectedly at her mothers county villa.She discovers that her mom has died a violent death.The police investigate and believe the she killed herself by cutting her throat with a piece of broken of glass.Nancy meets and becomes friends with Gina who was her mothers best friend and who has a special relationship with her stepfather.Soon the older man turns his roving eye toward this young beauty as suspicion about the suicide starts to come to light.Pretty sleazy and entertaining Italian giallo with plenty of nudity and some nasty surprises.I haven't seen Silvio Amadio's "Amuck" yet,but I'd like to.The performances of Jenny Tamburi and sexy Rosalba Neri are fantastic and I must say that they are perhaps the main reasons to see this surprisingly obscure giallo.8 out of 10.


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