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Medusa (1973)

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In Greece, a stewardess is murdered by a masked maniac. Suspicion falls on a drunken American playboy (George Hamilton) and a murderous gangster (Cameron Mitchell).

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Jeffrey
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Sarah (as Lucianna Paluzzi)
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Angelo
Thodoros Roubanis ...
Nikos (as Theodore Roubanis)
Nora Valsami ...
Stewardess
Takis Kavouras ...
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Eleana (as Alana Hamilton)
Paris Dimoleon ...
David (as P. Christian Dimoleon)
Piero Aversa
Joanne Zealand
Gunilla Blum
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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 Anonymous

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greece | boat | mobster | gangster | suicide | See more »

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26 August 1982 (Mexico)  »

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According to screenwriter Christopher Wicking, this film was only made because George Hamilton 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 a film company and an acting salary to go with it. See more »

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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 »

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Jeffrey: She's a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Some call her Cockerpoo... but I call her Spadoodle.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Hamilton vs. Mitchell -- FIGHT!
10 July 2007 | by (Satan's Colon) – See all my reviews

The only reason I watched this movie--heck, probably the only reason most people would watch this movie at this point in history--is because it was part of the "Chilling Classics" 50 movie boxed set. While the title of the boxed set may use the word "chilling," giving one the impression that the movies contained therein were largely of the horror or thriller genre, MEDUSA is hardly what I would describe as "chilling." It's really more of a Romeo and Juliet-style tale where Romeo and Juliet are siblings, the backdrop is exclusively Greek, and there are gangsters, including one gang that evidently deals in flasks of mercury. Fortunately, since this movie is contained on one of those 50 movie boxed sets, it is very likely within the public domain, meaning that anyone really interested in watching it might be able to locate it online for free.

It does not, however, appear that many people are very interested in this movie, given how little traffic the MEDUSA page has received. It could be that this movie is about as obscure as obscure gets, or it could be that this movie is just plain hard to watch. My original review of MEDUSA was, I think, somewhat unfair to the movie, as I really didn't watch it very closely. So I just watched it again, and got a much better impression of the contents therein.

I still think this was a poorly conceived film, although it was reasonably well made. It was produced by George Hamilton, who stars in it as the wacky, well-to-do playboy Jeffrey Hendle. He has several scenes alongside low-budget actor Cameron Mitchell, who plays the dangerous gangster Angelo. Unfortunately, Mitchell is a far more interesting actor than Hamilton, and his character doesn't get nearly as much screen time as it should, especially in the second half of the flick. Along with this duo are the lovely Luciana Paluzzi as Jeffrey's incestuous sister, Sarah, and Thodoros "Red Herring" Roubanis as Nikos, Sarah's newlywed and oh-so-awfully understanding husband.

This movie begins at the end of the story, narrated by the recently deceased Jeffrey Hendle, then flashes back several days earlier, at the wedding of his sister, Sarah, to Nikos. Then we are introduced to Angelo, the tough-guy gangster who never stops cracking jokes, even as he's killing you. Angelo is an old friend of Jeffrey's, and Jeffrey owes him a lot of money due to his compulsive gambling habits. Jeffrey and Sarah's father has recently passed away, and the two siblings were cut out of his will. Then the fun begins--people start dying, Jeffrey delivers funny lines in the most unfunny manner possible, and the Grecian setting is liberally slathered on.

If you've already purchased a boxed set containing this movie, it is worth a watch if you have the attention span for it. I'm not entirely certain why anyone would be trying to seek this movie out, unless it has some fond childhood memories attached to it or something, but I would suggest trying to find it online rather than buying or renting it.


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