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Robert Katz (screenplay)
Rod Serling (adaptation)
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23 May 1983 (USA) See more »
An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Far below what you'd expect from this cast, 2 May 2007
Author: gridoon

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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