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La polizia chiede aiuto (1974)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  1977 (USA)
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Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Assistant District Attorney Vittoria Stori
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Inspector Silvestri
Mario Adorf ...
Inspector Valentini
Franco Fabrizi ...
Bruno Paglia (photographer)
Mr. Polvesi
Marina Berti ...
Mrs. Polvesi
Paolo Turco ...
Marcello Tosti
Corrado Gaipa ...
District Attorney
Micaela Pignatelli ...
Ferdinando Murolo ...
Sgt. Giardina
Salvatore Puntillo ...
Eleonora Morana ...
Polvesi's housekeeper
Sherry Buchanan ...
Silvia Polvesi (as Cheryl Lee Buchanan)
Roberta Paladini ...
Patrizia Valentini
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...


Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

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The Coed Murders  »

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In the scene when Cassinelli and Ralli are looking at a strip of film footage, they repeatedly stop the projector to pause on a singleframe. However, the shadow of the projector planly reveals that it is still rolling. See more »


References The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) See more »

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WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? (Massimo Dallamano, 1974) ***
18 September 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

While the original Italian title – THE POLICE ASKS FOR HELP – clearly pigeonholes this one in the then-popular (and incredibly prolific) poliziottesco genre, the English title under which it is better known around the world – WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? – implies a giallo in the same vein as Dallamano’s best-known film, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972). In any case, while both elements are effectively present – a hatchet-wielding murderer is the subject of the climactic manhunt – the police procedural themes are more prevalent.

The film deals with a teenage suicide which eventually uncovers a child prostitution ring which, as usual, includes not just the petty sleazy oddballs (here personified by Franco Fabrizi) but also high-profile professionals (a celebrated doctor) and high-ranking government officials (a Minister). The cast is surprisingly good for this type of genre effort: Claudio Cassinelli (as the investigating Police Chief), Giovanna Ralli (unusually cast as a female D.A.), Mario Adorf as the policeman who finds the first body and also discovers that his own teenage daughter was once a “victim” of these perverts, the afore-mentioned Fabrizi and Hollywood veteran Farley Granger in a smallish role as the first victim’s father.

As usual for Italian genre movies, the music score is an asset and here it is provided by Stelvio Cipriani whose motif, while simple and repetitive, is extremely effective given that it involves children singing gibberish (and thus commenting on the main theme of the movie itself even through its performers). Alarmingly, the end titles claim that every year in Italy, 8000 teenagers run away from home but only a small percentage returns to the fold – the majority are never found!

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