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Tragic Ceremony (1972)

Estratto dagli archivi segreti della polizia di una capitale europea (original title)
Four young people are enjoying the easy life, cruising on a yacht in the sun. Returning to land their car runs out of fuel and they find themselves outside a large manor belonging to Lord ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jane
Tony Isbert ...
Bill
Máximo Valverde ...
Joe
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Lord Alexander
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Lady Alexander
José Calvo ...
Sam David
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Fred
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Bill's mother
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Doctor
Beni Deus ...
Ferguson
Milo Quesada ...
Cop
Alejandro de Enciso
Elsa Zabala ...
Devil worshipper
Pablo García
David Thomson
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Four young people are enjoying the easy life, cruising on a yacht in the sun. Returning to land their car runs out of fuel and they find themselves outside a large manor belonging to Lord and Lady Alexander. Hoping to find fuel they are invited in to stay the night and shelter from a heavy storm. The three men are put up in the servant's quarters while Jane gets a room in the house. Hearing a strange noise she heads down stairs, finding the Alexanders performing a black mass and she is put onto the altar to become the sacrifice.

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20 December 1972 (Italy)  »

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Tragic Ceremony  »

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1.85 : 1
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Riccardo Freda always resented directing the movie. The Spanish prints credit him as director though. See more »

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La Vita
Music written and performed by Stelvio Cipriani
Lyrics by Riccardo Freda
Sung by Ernesto Brancucci
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Someone got 'Tragic' mixed up with 'Tedious'!
23 January 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Riccardo Freda may have a good reputation; but since we now that many of his best films were, in fact, directed by the late great Mario Bava; it's clear that he wasn't one of Italy's most gifted filmmakers back in the seventies. This film pretty much proves that as despite the simplistic plot; it's a sprawling mess and overall, I'd even have to go as far as to say that Tragic Ceremony is WORSE than Freda's insipid Giallo effort, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire. Freda apparently disowned this movie, and I certainly don't blame him! The plot simply follows a bunch of kids that run out of petrol in the middle of nowhere. They happen upon a house while searching for fuel; but it turns out to be a bad choice, as the owner is just about to conduct a satanic ceremony...ho hum. The film features a lead role for Camille Keaton, who would go on to star in the exploitation classic I Spit on Your Grave some years later, but fails to make an impression here despite acting alongside a cast of talentless performers. The film features one decent gore scene towards the end, but this really isn't enough considering that it takes eighty minutes of tedium to get there. I have a high tolerance for rubbish Italian films that don't make sense

  • but even I couldn't stand this one. Miss it, miss nothing!



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