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Plot of Fear (1976)

E tanta paura (original title)
A man is strangled by a female prostitute in his home at the same time as a woman is killed by a man with a spanner on an empty bus. In both cases the killer leaves an illustration from the... See full summary »

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Jeanne
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Inspector Gaspare Lomenzo
Quinto Parmeggiani ...
Angelo Scanavini
Edoardo Faieta ...
Fulvio Colaianni (as Eddy Fay)
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Hoffmann
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Cecilia Polizzi ...
Woman at Villa Hoffmann
Greta Vayan ...
Laura Falconieri (as Greta Vajant)
Sarah Crespi ...
Rosa Catena (as Sarah Ceccarini)
Enrico Oldoini ...
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Peter Struwwel
Giorgio Gargiullo
Eleonora Vivaldi
Guidarino Guidi
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A man is strangled by a female prostitute in his home at the same time as a woman is killed by a man with a spanner on an empty bus. In both cases the killer leaves an illustration from the children's book titled 'Shockheaded Peter'. The subsequent investigation leads to an exclusive club called Wildlife's Friends. Written by Red-Barracuda

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Michele Placido untangles complex skein of murders
9 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"E tanta paura" (1976) of "Plot of Fear" sees police inspector Michele Placido seeking to solve a series of murders. It's a detective murder mystery with a smattering of giallo elements; but it's surely not a giallo, classic or otherwise. It's broadly typical of its genre as it looked in the 70s, even in Hollywood movies and TV-movie thrillers of that period. This one is competent, possessing the usual complexity, a dose of gruesomeness, a chase or two, and some guest stars. Eli Wallach is the main one here. The copy I watched looked fine in widescreen. It was dubbed into English, including Wallach's part, and that was too bad. Placido had two love interests, but the second one has the most screen time and that's Corinne Cléry.

I think that many of the IMDb reviews at the moment tend to extol this picture far too much. The IMDb rating of 6.3 more accurately assesses its solid but average quality. Its pacing is uneven. Nothing about it really stands out, even John Steiner who usually runs with his parts. A caged tiger stole the scenes it was in. The screenplay dawdles with assorted love and party scenes.


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