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Director:
Writers:
Bo Arne Vibenius (screenplay) &
Bo Arne Vibenius (an original story)
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Release Date:
5 June 1974 (USA) See more »
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Sweden's sensational Christina Lindberg as the working girl they pushed too far! (US 1975 release) See more »
Plot:
A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Christina Lindberg ... Frigga
Heinz Hopf ... Tony
Despina Tomazani ... Lip-stick lesbian
Per-Axel Arosenius ... Frigga's Father (as Per Axel Arosenius)
Solveig Andersson ... Sally
Björn Kristiansson
Marie-Louise Mannervall ... Woman in village
Hildur Lindberg ... Mother's Friend
Stig Lokrantz
Olle Nordlander
Marshall McDough (as Marshal Mc Donagh)
Gunnar Palm
Pamela Pethö-Galantai ... Young Frigga
Lennart Robertsson
Hans-Eric Stenborg
Stig Ström
Lars Sääv
Bruno Sörwing
Gunnel Wadner ... Frigga's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars Lundgren ... (uncredited)
Bo Arne Vibenius ... Hot Dog vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Bo Arne Vibenius  (as Alex Fridolinski)
 
Writing credits
Bo Arne Vibenius (screenplay) (as Bo A Vibenius)

Bo Arne Vibenius (an original story) (as Alex Fridolinski)

Produced by
Bo Arne Vibenius .... producer (as Bo A Vibenius)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Lundsten (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Andreas Bellis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Wikström 
 
Production Management
Bo Lundqvist .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Dennis Hennicks .... sound
Bengt Kåring .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Stig Limér .... special effects
 
Stunts
Per Hessman .... stunt man
Jan Kreigsman .... stunt coordinator
Dan Lindhe .... stunt man
Lars Lundgren .... stunt man
Bo Sunnefelt .... stunt man
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Alexander .... assistant cameraman
Ted Lindahl .... electrician
Sture Åsberg .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Oskarsdotter .... costume designer: Miss Lindberg
 
Other crew
Anna Oskarsdotter .... assistant to producer (as Anna Maria Anefelt)
Bo Arne Vibenius .... presenter (as Bo A Vibenius)
 

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Also Known As:
"Thriller - en grym film" - Sweden (original title)
"Hooker's Revenge" - USA (reissue title)
"They Call Her One Eye" - USA (censored version)
"Thriller: They Call Her One Eye" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
104 min | UK:80 min (heavily cut) | USA:82 min (R-rated version) | Australia:92 min (R-rated cut)
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Certification:
Australia:R (cut) (1976) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (cut) (1975) | Italy:VM18 | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating: 1973) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1974) (heavily cut) | UK:R (original rating: 1974) | UK:X (re-rating) (1976) (heavily cut) | USA:R (heavily cut) | USA:Unrated (uncut) | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
The name "Frigga" is from Swedish mythology. She was Odin's wife and queen over the Gods.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: When the police car runs over a piece of grass between two roads, you can clearly see tire tracks from earlier takes.See more »
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Torment plus violence equals up to fierce revenge, 10 October 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

THRILLER: THEY CALL HER ONE EYE (Bo Arne Vibenius - Sweden 1974).

This is pretty dark and distressing stuff. Apparently Sweden does have some other cinematic export products besides Ingmar Bergman and Bo Widerberg. This strange and quite original exploitation gem by Bo Arne Vibenius recently got a little more attention (if only a little) because of Quentin Tarantino, who paid homage to this film with KILL BILL and called it "the roughest revenge picture ever made". For an exploitation-flick, it's not that rough at all, but it definitely has some very potent scenes but nothing really gory, and most of all, the blood and the fighting look so deliciously fake, I doubt anyone could take it as very disturbing. Most of the time, nothing really happens at all, but there's a certain atmosphere that makes the film strangely compelling.

A young girl (Christina Lindberg) is growing up mute after a childhood sexual assault and spends years working on a remote farm. After missing the bus one day, she is picked up by a seedy well-dressed man who kidnaps the girl, gets her addicted to heroine, cuts her left-eye out, and forces her into slavery and prostitution. Any other girl would give in, but not this one. She seeks vengeance, and, fortunately, has the weekends off, so she can learn martial arts, race-driving and military weaponry.

In some earlier comments I noticed people were put off by some hardcore pornography, which there was in the earlier DVD-release under the title THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE. Distributor Synapse decided to release the tamer, but still quite brutal, American version THRILLER: THEY CALL HER ONE EYE, which is the only version I have seen. I cannot imagine hardcore pornography would improve the film, so I suggest watching this "softer" version instead.

This is not a film for those who want fast-paced action, snappy dialog or basic storytelling and since the main character is a mute girl who doesn't have a single line in the entire film, it does require some patience. And don't expect any ingenious fight scenes because the girl learned martial arts. The fight scenes are filmed in extreme slow-motion, quite tedious. The film also bares distinction in having a very strange sound mix by Ralph Lundsten, who composed a very memorable music score that one distinctly associates with this film, quite unique. Needless to say, the film was made on a shoestring, but Vibenius does show cinematic flair in the use of locations (on Öland) and some truly magnificent shots. What about that shot with the camera on top of a police car between the two sirens? Sheer beauty!

Hard to compare this film to anything I've seen. Well, it's a Swedish revenge-flick, so how many of these are there? It's unlike anything made before at the time (and up till now, supposedly). A film with some - mostly budget-related - shortcomings, but by any means, a genuine original.

Camera Obscura --- 7/10

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