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The Salamander (1981)

An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect... See full summary »

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Bruno Manzini
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Captain Steffanelli
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Lili Anders
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Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
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Major Carl Malinowski, USMC
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The Surgeon (as Paul Smith)
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Captain Roditi
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Elena Leporello
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General Leporello
Renzo Palmer ...
Carabinieri Major Giorgione
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Princess Faubiani
Marino Masé ...
Captain Rigoli
Jacques Herlin ...
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General Pantaleone
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An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murders are linked to a plot to seize control of the government. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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This was filmed during the actors strike of 1980. See more »

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Referenced in O aftakias (1982) See more »

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Far below what you'd expect from this cast
2 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

How did it go so wrong? How can a film with such an impressive cast (Franco Nero, Christopher Lee, Eli Wallach, Sybil Danning, Claudia Cardinale, Martin Balsam, Paul Smith - the torturer in "Midnight Express" - as, you guessed it, a torturer, etc.) and such colorful location filming around Italy (Rome, Milan, Venice, etc.) be such a bore? Probably because the story is slow-moving and unengaging, and has no real climax. Another obstacle for the viewer is the difficulty to buy people like Lee and Balsam as Italians. Nero is always likable, and Danning is stunning (even if she's in completely "unrevealing" mode here), but these two are barely enough to keep you focused on what was excellently described by another reviewer as "a political thriller without thrills". (*1/2)


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