A teenage girl is kidnapped by 3 guys and taken to an abandoned house in the country, and make her write her own ransom letter. She soon discovers that one of her captors is infatuated with... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (as Elisa Morpurgo) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Oedipus orca (1977)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After her kidnap ordeal Alice tries to return to her normal life, but her memories still haunt her and her way to see the world has been changed forever.

Director: Eriprando Visconti
Stars: Rena Niehaus, Gabriele Ferzetti, Carmen Scarpitta
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan. Anne keeps a secret diary, they read a ... See full summary »

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a fashion model dies during an abortion, a series of murders begins, starting with her doctor. The next victims are connected to the modeling agency where she worked, Albatross, run by... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Bianchi
Stars: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi
Paprika (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business. "Paprika" is the name given to her by the madam.

Director: Tinto Brass
Stars: Debora Caprioglio, Stéphane Ferrara, Martine Brochard
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A blind boy receives a vision that warn him of the birth of the anti-christ.

Director: Ugo Liberatore
Stars: Renato Cestiè, Rena Niehaus, Yorgo Voyagis
Eugénie (1973)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Eugenie, a beautiful but shy young girl, lives with her stepfather, a famous writer specializing in stories of erotica. One day she happens to read one of his "erotic" books and its power ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, Andrea Montchal
Cookies (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henri Serin, a sales rep in umbrellas who lives in Saumur, is bored with his life. Married to an unloving... See full synopsis »

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Claude Piéplu, Jeanne Goupil
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Marie is a 17-year old who was orphaned as a young girl. as a result, she has a tad of arrested development that makes her act much younger than her age. One day she looks in a store window... See full summary »

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jeanne Goupil, André Dussollier, Andréa Ferréol
Beau Pere (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy.

Director: Bertrand Blier
Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Ariel Besse, Maurice Ronet
Sadistic Yoga (2006)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

The female instructor Mariko gives yoga classes at a high-class club in Tokyo. She has a crush on Rika whom she gives private lessons to. When she notices bruises on Rika's body, Mariko ... See full summary »

Director: Daisuke Yamauchi
Stars: Yoshika Kimura
Evil Eye (1975)
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The police has to face some extremely brutal murders. How is the rich playboy Peter Crane (Jorge Rivero) involved in this? He suffers from horrible nightmares that make him believe that he is responsible for these murders...

Director: Mario Siciliano
Stars: Anthony Steffen, Richard Conte, Pilar Velázquez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A partially paralyzed teenager is failing to have sex for the first time. He's eager but clumsy and sickly, so the local country girls reject him. He starts to realize that the only affectionate person in his life is his beautiful mother.

Director: Gianni Siragusa
Stars: Malisa Longo, Christian Borromeo, Gabriele Tinti
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Michele Turrisi
Rena Niehaus ...
Alice
...
Gino
Bruno Corazzari ...
Paolo
Adriano Amidei Migliano ...
Complice di Paolo
Livia Cerini
Vittorio Mezzogiorno
Piero Palermini
Jacopo Tecchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianni Bortolotti
Miguel Bosé ...
Humberto
Anna Canzi ...
Proprietaria del bar
Enzo Consoli
Piero Faggioni ...
Lucio Garbi
...
Valerio
Edit

Storyline

A teenage girl is kidnapped by 3 guys and taken to an abandoned house in the country, and make her write her own ransom letter. She soon discovers that one of her captors is infatuated with her and she will use those feelings to stay alive. Written by William Linares

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Snatch  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Oedipus orca (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Undeserving of its bad reputation
24 March 2008 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Kidnapping movies were really big in the 1970's, especially after several high-profile cases like Patty Hearst. The Italian exploitation industry is notorious for taking its cues from the US movies, but that may not have been the case here since there was even a bigger kidnapping problem in Italy (eventually leading to the kidnap and murder of a former prime minister by the notorious Red Brigades). The kidnappers in this movie though are pretty low-rent types, barely connected to the Mafia. Their victim is a very spoiled, but perhaps not especially rich, teenage girl (Rena Neihaus) whose parents seem unable--or perhaps unwilling--to get her back (she hints at an incestuous relationship with her stepfather which might have been explored in the sequel to this "Oedipus Orca"). In this movie the youngest, most handsome kidnapper (Michele Placido) falls for the girl in kind of a reverse Stockholm syndrome, with tragic results for at least one of them. The end of movie, strangely enough, is kind of reminiscent of "Last Tango in Paris" but with nowhere near the dramatic gravitas

The movie is generally lacking in character development. The film at one point follows the creepiest-looking gangster (Flavio Bucci from the "The Night Train Murders") to his home where he is shacking up with another gangster's wife and her kid, but more than character development this seems to be more an excuse for another sex scene. The Placido character has an interesting flashback of him working on a filthy fishing barge, which is contrasted with a fantasy where he is piloting a yacht. This movie is very class-conscious in the way it has this poor Sicilian boy falling for a rich, northern girl (the Italian title "La Orca" comes from the designer outfit she's wearing). Placido is pretty good here, but this handsome, light-complexioned hunk is not too convincing as a lower-class Sicilian ruffian. As for Neihaus, I can't decide if she is a bad actress, or is just playing a really obnoxious character (she's more Paris Hilton than Patty Hearst). She does get naked several times which, judging from the English, title was the primary consideration.

This movie has a bit of a bad reputation, but I don't know why. It's not nearly as brutal as similarly-themed American films like "Date with a Kidnapper" or "The Candy Snatchers". I believe Niehaus' character is underage, but the actress obviously wasn't (she'd been in "Playboy" two years earlier). Maybe it offended people that the victim is made so unsympathetic, but that doesn't explain why she returns in a sequel. . . I dunno. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.


24 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD available? harlequinman2004
Discuss La orca (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?