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Robert Katz (screenplay)
Rod Serling (adaptation)
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23 May 1983 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Franco Nero ... Carabinieri Colonel Dante Matucci

Anthony Quinn ... Bruno Manzini

Martin Balsam ... Captain Steffanelli

Sybil Danning ... Lili Anders

Christopher Lee ... Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence

Cleavon Little ... Major Carl Malinowski, USMC

Paul L. Smith ... The Surgeon (as Paul Smith)
John Steiner ... Captain Roditi

Claudia Cardinale ... Elena Leporello

Eli Wallach ... General Leporello
Renzo Palmer ... Carabinieri Major Giorgione
Anita Strindberg ... Princess Faubiani
Marino Masé ... Captain Rigoli
Jacques Herlin ... Woodpecker
Fortunato Arena ... General Pantaleone
John Stacy ... Concierge
Andrea Esterhazy ... Minister of Defence
Massimo Ciprari ... Assassin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Dolgin ... Captain Roditi (voice)
Tony Brandt ... Gianni Bandanelli, Pantaleone's øawyer (uncredited)
Attilio Dottesio ... Party Guest at Manzini's (uncredited)
Tom Felleghy ... Man at Pantaleone's Burial (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Man at Pantaleone's funeral (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz ... Wife of Minister of Defence (uncredited)
Gitte Lee ... Princess Baldasar (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... Manzini's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Amedeo Salamon ... Banquet guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Zinner 
Writing credits
Robert Katz (screenplay)

Rod Serling (adaptation)

Morris L. West (novel)

Produced by
Erwin C. Dietrich .... producer
William R. Forman .... executive producer
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Renzo Rossellini .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Marcello Gatti 
Film Editing by
Claudio M. Cutry  (as Claudio Cutry)
Katina Zinner (co-editor)
Art Direction by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
Costume Design by
Fabrizio Caracciolo 
Production Management
Joe Pollini .... production manager (as Giuseppe Pollini)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director
Art Department
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Sound Department
Tonino Testa .... sound
Angelo Ragusa .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefano Marino .... electrician
Editorial Department
Patrizia Ceresani .... assistant editor
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer

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103 min
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Referenced in O aftakias (1982)See more »


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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A political thriller without the thrills, 3 June 2001
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

The ingredients are here for a passable political-thriller but the approach used to tell the story is numbingly routine. Investigator Franco Nero pursues his case simply through a series of interviews, thus allowing the movie to present its roster of marquee-names -- Christopher Lee, Eli Wallach, Claudia Cardinale, etc. -- in a succession of talky, static scenes that lack interest and vitality. (Though these interviews provide an opportunity to show off a series of impressively furnished and decorated rooms.) And then, when it comes time for Nero to present his solution to the case, he does so by showing to a group of people a movie which simply re-caps information gleaned from his interviews!

Attempts to liven up the proceedings with spurts of action merely serve to emphasize the overall dullness of the movie. For example, when Nero falls into the clutches of a villain known as "the Surgeon" who is determined to torture information from him, we only see Nero -- stripped to a jockstrap and strapped to a chair -- being given an injection with a hypodermic needle. Surely this is one of the most boring forms of torture ever shown on the screen.

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