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  (in credits order)

Corinne Cléry ... Jeanne

Michele Placido ... Inspector Gaspare Lomenzo
Quinto Parmeggiani ... Angelo Scanavini
Edoardo Faieta ... Fulvio Colaianni (as Eddy Fay)
John Steiner ... Hoffmann
Jacques Herlin ... Pandolfi
Cecilia Polizzi ... Woman at Villa Hoffmann
Greta Vayan ... Laura Falconieri (as Greta Vajant)
Sarah Crespi ... Rosa Catena (as Sarah Ceccarini)
Enrico Oldoini ... Lomenzo's Assistant

Tom Skerritt ... Chief Inspector

Eli Wallach ... Pietro Riccio
Giorgio Gargiullo
Eleonora Vivaldi
Guidarino Guidi
Enzo Robutti ... Client with unfaithful wife
Mary Ruth League ... Ruth
Susanna Radaelli (as Susy Radaelli)
Daniela Grassini (as Danila Grassini)
Bianca Toso
Claudio Zucchet ... Agostino Farundi
Mirella Giraldi
Maria Rosa La Fauci
Maria Tedeschi ... Angelo Scanavini's mother
Mario Mercalli ... Mario Lombardozzi
Giuseppe Rodolfo Dal Pra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli ... Colaianni's Employee (uncredited)
Tino Polenghi ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Paolo Cavara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paolo Cavara  story
Enrico Oldoini 
Bernardino Zapponi  (as Bernardo Zapponi)

Produced by
Ermanno Curti .... producer
Guy Luongo .... producer
Rodolfo Puttignani .... producer
Original Music by
Daniele Patucchi 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Sergio Montanari 
Production Design by
Franco Fumagalli 
Art Direction by
Tommaso Barbi 
Costume Design by
Marisa Crimi 
Makeup Department
Iolanda Conti .... hair stylist
Alfio Meniconi .... assistant makeup artist
Otello Sisi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Piero Amati .... unit manager
Roberto Cocco .... production manager
Pierluigi Ottina .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Palmerini .... assistant director
Art Department
Raffaele Vincenti .... props
Sound Department
Danilo Moroni .... sound mixer
Angelo Spadoni .... boom operator
Pietro Spadoni .... sound
Special Effects by
Giovanni Cappelli .... special effects
Sergio Testori .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Gastone Coppa .... key grip
Enrico Fontana .... assistant camera
Valerio Garzia .... chief electrician
Giuseppe Lanci .... camera operator
Gianfranco Transunto .... assistant camera (as Franco Transunto)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giselda Demonicucci .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Fabrizio Di Blasi .... second assistant editor
Bruno Sarandrea .... first assistant editor
Other crew
Giancarlo Funaro .... production secretary
Aureliano Lalli-Persiani .... administrator
Tonino Pinto .... unit publicist
Daniela Puccini .... script supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Cinefear (2008) (USA) (DVD) (as "Plot of Fear")
  • Raro Video (2012) (USA) (DVD) (as "Plot of Fear")
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"E tanta paura" - Italy (original title)
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98 min
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Interesting giallo that is a little bit different to most, 22 March 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Paolo Cavara had already directed an earlier giallo by the time he made Plot of Fear. His previous effort - The Black Belly of the Tarantula - was pretty much a textbook example of the genre. By 1976 the sub-genre had ran its course and that may be why Plot of Fear tries to bring in a few different angles into the giallo template. For this reason it's a relatively distinctive effort. For my money it isn't as good as the classic-style Tarantula. It lacks the thrills of that one. Nevertheless, it remains a worthy effort.

Rather than a completely new take on the genre, it might be truer to say that Plot of Fear mixes typical giallo aspects with atypical ones. We have traditional giallo elements like a group of unsympathetic rich people being violently murdered one by one, a secret sex club, dark secrets from the past informing the present and each murder being signatured with a page from a sinister sounding children's story book (in this case a book called 'Shock-Headed Peter). As you could also gather the plot-line is typically convoluted too. Where things deviate from the norm is the inclusion of paranoid thriller material, no doubt influenced by the Watergate fallout that shaped many other films of the time. This is in reference to the whole wire-tapping/tapes thread and the morality of the private investigators whose services can be bought. The film overall does seem to have at least some social and political conscious, which is very far removed from most gialli. Its mystery is also wrapped up in a somewhat unorthodox manner that is significantly different to others in the genre.

The casting is a little unusual too for a giallo. While John Steiner was a regular at playing shady characters in these types of movies, the same cannot be said for the American actors Eli Wallach or Tom Skerrit. The latter has a very minor role indeed, almost irrelevant; you almost wonder why they didn't just hire one of their stock bit player actors for his role. As a film, this is a pretty decent effort. It isn't as formulaic as most in the genre. While it's central mystery is intriguing enough and builds up interest by way use of some interesting flashbacks. One of which shows the rich and decadent clique relaxing while watching a pornographic cartoon. I really would like to know what it is, as it looked like a bit of a riot. Answers on a postcard for that one.

Overall, Plot of Fear isn't among the best in the giallo genre. But it is probably among that grouping of titles that straddle other genres and are somewhat less predictable. Not essential stuff by any means but fans of Italian genre pictures will surely find something to enjoy in it.

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