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Shadows in an Empty Room (1976)
"Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  9 March 1976 (Italy)
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An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal ... See full summary »

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(as Martin Herbert)

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(screenplay) (as Vincent Mann) , (screenplay) (as Frank Clark)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Tony Saitta
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Sgt. Ned Matthews
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Dr. George Tracer
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Julie Foster
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Louise Saitta
Jean LeClerc ...
Robert Tracer (as Jean Leclerc)
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Margie Cohn
Jean Marchand
Anthony Forrest ...
(as Antony Forest)
Andrée St-Laurent ...
(as Andree St. Laurent)
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(as Peter Mac Neil)
Julie Wildman
James Tapp
Jérôme Tiberghien ...
(as Jerome Thibergien)
Terence G. Ross ...
(as Terence Ross)
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An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal methods to find the killer. Soon he discovers that not everything is what he thought it was. Written by Ørnås

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Release Date:

9 March 1976 (Italy)  »

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Strange Shadows in an Empty Room  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Clips of the car chase from this film are used in the Geico commercials "Do dogs chase cats?" See more »

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Policeman Stuart Whitman rampages through Montreal to find his sister's killer
29 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The copy I watched in widescreen, taped from a TV broadcast, was titled "Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta". Definitely this is a poliziotteschi worth seeing, and giallo fans will also like it. It has very marked giallo portions.

The story is a framework in part for hitching together various exciting scenes, including a famous chase that is incredible. Imagine a car flying over a hill, airborne, landing on the front bumper and ALMOST tipping over onto the roof, but then settling back on its wheels. Wow. Somebody who really knew cars, physics and stunt driving had to have been involved. Then there is a bank robbery and chase, plus a fight with three transvestites. The finale makes heavy use of the magnum.

The plot is a mystery. Who killed Whitman's college-age sister? At first he thinks it's a doctor (Martin Landau). As evidence accumulates, he changes his mind. The story (script) that fills out this plot is on occasion awkward. It's as if the film's budget precluded much rewriting, and even a scene or two comes across as awkward where more takes would have helped.

Whitman is one of these cops who has torn up the rulebook. He uses his fists a great deal. Somehow this is refreshing fiction, making for direct action, kind of street detective work, even though some innocent people get bruised.

The scenery is great. The movie is well-paced. Go for it.


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