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After a boat is discovered with two bodies on it, the story of Jeffrey and Sarah, a brother and sister living in Greece, unfolds. Sarah has just become engaged to nice guy Nikos. Erratic playboy Jeffrey owes a debt to Angelo, a mobster who borrowed money from the syndicate to loan Jeff, but if Jeff is disinherited in his late father's newest will, he won't be able to pay Angelo and Angelo won't be able to pay back the syndicate. Suddenly, people who had contact with the latest will are dying, but just who is really responsible? The wily local police inspector has his suspicions. Written by
According to screenwriter Christopher Wicking, this film was made because George Hamilton was willing to do it. Which was to his advantage because he was about to marry Alana Stewart and thought that it would be nice to have a honeymoon in the sun with all expenses paid by the film company and an acting salary to go with it. See more »
George Hamilton and Luciana Paluzzi are supposed to be brother and sister. She speaks with a thick Italian accent and he speaks like an American. See more »
A great Greek tragedy..............that this movie was made.
According to what I've read about Medusa it was partially produced by "star" George Hamilton which puts it into the category of vanity projects that tend to become tedious stories that overexpose the actor who in some way feel that their particular talents aren't utilized more. Clocking in at a whopping 103 minutes, Medusa, a title that bares no significance whatsoever to the plot, delivers a dagger to any possibility of Hamilton seen as anything other than a hammy, Warren Beatty clone.
George Hamilton plays the role of Jeff an American playboy, drunk, gambler, screwup delux that is purportedly in line to inherit millions through a will. Jeff has a very unhealthy relationship with his sister, here played by Luciana Paluzzi who has been betrothed to financially successful Theodore Roubanis as Nikos. The fact that Jeff and Sarah are brother and sister when Hamilton is unabashedly American and Italian Paluzzi, thick accent and all, seem so odd that it would have been better to say that perhaps they were former lovers than siblings. They certainly act the lovers part anyway. Jeff desperately needs to be included in the will because he owes money to friend and gangster loan shark Angelo, ( Cameron Mitchell) who in turn owes money to his bosses. Mitchell is the loan bright spot as he appears to have fun as the tough-talking wise ass who seems conflicted with what to do with Jeff. The rest of the film is about Jeff's decline into the depths of darkness as he and a "mysterious" accomplice go on a murder spree in order to extract information about the will. Takis Kavouras rounds out the cast as a Greek inspector with the hairiest hands I've every seen!
Between Hamilton's mugging to the camera and the dragging plot it truly is a task to watch this in its entirety. George even manages to cast his wife, Alana Stewart, in a pointless role as Eleana. Gordon Hessler of MST3K's Master Ninja fame directs this made for television clunker that provides no surprises whatsoever. There is a Greek musical score that is bashed over your skull repeatedly. If a viewer drank a shot of ouzo every time it blares onto a scene you might actually be drunk enough to make it through Medusa in one sitting. I did not succeed.
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