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

 -  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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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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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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Pretty stupid, but not dull for one second.
23 March 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is another interesting Italian flick that, like Sergio Martino's "Suspicious Death of a Minor", tried to pass itself off as both a giallo (under the title "Strange Shadows in an Empty Room")and as a crime thriller (under the title "Blazing Magnums"), although this one clearly falls into the latter category. But it is also interesting because, unlike most Italian films, it was shot with syncronized sound (and a bigger budget than usual), mostly on location in Canada with mostly Canadian and American actors.

Stuart Whitman plays a cop who definitely does not go "by the book"--in fact I don't think he has ever even heard of "the book". After his sister is murdered in a bizarre poisoning at her college, Whitman (who is WAY too old to have a college-age sister) runs hilariously amok trying to capture the culprits. He brutalizes one suspect in a men's room (who turns out to be completely innocent). He endangers other motorists and pedestrians everywhere in a VERY long, very high speed car chase. And in my favorite scene he gets in a knock-down-drag-out brawl with a bunch of transvestites! The killer meanwhile is even more vicious, at one point even menacing newborn babies in a maternity ward with a gun and straight razor!

Obviously this movie is stupid, but it isn't dull for one second. It features the beautiful French-Canadian actress Carol Laure (who has a completely gratuitous, but highly enjoyable nude scene). On the downside though, it also has Tisa "the-much-less-talented-sister-of-Mia" Farrow playing a blind girl, the same role her sister played in a number of movies ("Wait Until Dark", "See No Evil"), thus leading me to believe they were just trying to exploit a famous name as both the actress and the character she plays are pretty useless (except for one wonderful moment when it looks like her character is going to accidentally stumble out a third-story window). Ms. Farrow notwithstanding though, I would highly recommend this movie.

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