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Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (1974)

PG | | Mystery, Thriller | 1974 (Italy)
Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?




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Complete credited cast:
Elsa Martino
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Ilona Morgan
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(as Rick Battaglia)
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A group is invited, under false pretenses, to an isolated hotel in the Iranian desert. After dinner, a cassette tape accuses them all of crimes that they have gotten away with. One by one they begin to die, in accordance to the Ten Little Indians nursery rhyme. After a search is made of the hotel, they realize that the murderer is one of them. A few members of the group attempt to trust each other, but the question still remains, who can one trust? And who will leave the hotel alive? Written by Nick Johansen

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Based on AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "Ten Little Indians" [UK Theatrical - entitled And Then There Were None] See more »


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1974 (Italy)  »

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10 Little Indians  »

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1.66 : 1
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The original opening scene showed the ten characters disembarking a plane at an airport in Iran, where the helicopter awaits them on another section of the runway. The spies of the added subplot - which does not exist in Agatha Christie's novel - are introduced and then the helicopter carrying the main characters launches. The scene, featuring a sinister underscoring by Bruno Nicolai that is not heard elsewhere in the film, then fades into the familiar main title sequence in the U.S. version, wherein Elsa (Maria Rohm) stands waiting for the copter's distant arrival. See more »


When Aznavour sings "The Old Fashioned Wayl", he magically has drums accompanying him, yet it's supposed to be only him and the piano. See more »


U. N. Owen: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your host speaking. My name is U.N. Owen. I have brought you here to charge you with the following crimes: General André Salvé, Croix de Guerre, that you achieved honor from dishonor and sent five men to their certain deaths. Ilona Morgan, actress, that you did bring about the death of your husband in a most cold-blooded and ruthless manner. Doctor Edward Armstrong, that you did kill Mrs. Ivy Benson and betray your sacred trust. Michel Raven, entertainer, that you ...
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Version of Ten Little Indians (1959) See more »


Dance In The Old Fashioned Way (Les Plaisirs Démodés)
Composed and Performed by Charles Aznavour
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Pretty good mystery
18 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a pretty good one,in my opinion certainly as good as the other 3,maybe even better.Filmed in both Spain and Iran,this version takes place in the vast expanse of the desert.Perhaps because it's so 1970's,I kind of favor it.The music in this in my opinion is expertly ominous,fitting in perfectly with the various scenes which keep the viewer guessing and in a state of intrigue.People seem to judge this one negatively alongside the standards they reserved for the 1966 version,but in my opinion this '74 one more than holds its own.All I can say is that Richard Attenborough is WONDERFUL!!! Oliver Reed and Elke Sommer give stellar performances,but Attenborough takes the prize and cake in this.

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