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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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(screenplay) (as Vincent Mann) , (screenplay) (as Frank Clark)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Tony Saitta
Sgt. Ned Matthews
Dr. George Tracer
Julie Foster
Louise Saitta
Jean LeClerc ...
Robert Tracer (as Jean Leclerc)
Margie Cohn
Jean Marchand
(as Antony Forest)
Andrée St-Laurent ...
(as Andree St. Laurent)
(as Peter Mac Neil)
Julie Wildman
James Tapp
Jérôme Tiberghien ...
(as Jerome Thibergien)
Terence G. Ross ...
(as Terence Ross)


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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Walk with her if you dare...for every step will bring you closer, closer, closer to the meaning of fear! See more »


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Release Date:

9 March 1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Strange Shadows in an Empty Room  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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An ultra-violent and Shakespearian "Thriller" + "Poliziotti"
16 September 2004 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

I agree with Sol2118's commentary : the chase car is close in effectiveness with those of Friedkin and Peter Yates'titles that he mentioned, and I would add also the amazing one in THE SEVEN UP [Police pursuance 7] (USA 1973) directed by Philip d'Antoni with Roy Scheider and Tony Lo Bianco. Besides, this Shakespearian plot including a murdered T.V. as "dea/deus ex machine" is directly connected with the great tradition of Film Noir. And it is Alberto de Martino under the pen-name of Martin Herbert who have done it ! In Canada, starring an incredible cast. This is enough to understand that this movie is mixing the best of both worlds : Italian "poliziotti" thriller and U.S. thrillers, at their most violent and deep backgrounds. The bank attack is amazing regarding the art of graphic cut - editing work - of violence on the screen. The final is also extraordinary. The rhythm itself of the movie is very strange and original : quite onirical sometimes and not only because there is a "flash-back" sequence shot as a nightmare. Between 44 magnum caliber and TV gang hardboiled encounter, Stuart Whitman plays a cool & sad character, a quite tragic one since it is a brother looking for his sister's murderer and learning that his sister was not at all an Angel sister (as Lautréamont said about Man in LES CHANTS DE MALDOROR), finally unveiling the darker from the dark. And as usual, of such a little masterpiece, no VHS and no DVD available worldwide except maybe the French VHS titled BLAZING MAGNUM in spite of the fact that the movie was released in France under the exploitation title of SPECIAL MAGNUM. And I agree also with the latest comment : there was, for sure, lower show on theaters than that one when it was released ! DVD soon : please !!

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