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The Card Player -- A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpool agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam.


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2 January 2004 (Italy) See more »
A serial killer with a vice for Video Poker.
A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stefania Rocca ... Anna Mari

Liam Cunningham ... John Brennan

Silvio Muccino ... Remo
Adalberto Maria Merli ... Police Commissioner

Claudio Santamaria ... Carlo Sturni
Fiore Argento ... Lucia Marini

Cosimo Fusco ... Berardelli
Mia Benedetta ... Francesca
Giovanni Visentin ... C.I.D. Chief
Claudio Mazzenga ... Mario
Conchita Puglisi ... Marta
Micaela Pignatelli ... Professor Terzi
Luis Molteni ... Pathologist
Carlo Giuseppe Gabardini ... Anti-Hacker #1
Alessandro Mistichelli ... Anti-Hacker #2
Francesco Guzzo ... Anti-Hacker #3
Pier Maria Cecchini ... Flying Squad Chief (as Piermaria Cecchini)
Jennifer Poli ... Christine Girdler, First Victim

Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Second Victim
Irene Quagliarella ... Friend of the Second Victim
Vera Gemma ... Third Victim
Ulisse Minervini ... Alvaro
Antonio Cantafora ... Vice Squad Chief Marini

Mario Opinato ... Inspector Morgani
Gualtiero Scola ... Crime Scene Investigator

Robert Madison ... Gustavo
Emanuel Bevilacqua ... Slot Machine Arcade Owner

Robert Dawson ... Embassy Employee
Adriana Fonzi Cruciani ... Bunny
Carla Fonzi Cruciani ... Bunny's Sister
Elena Falgheri ... Teacher
Michele Pellegrini ... Young Man
Isabella Celani ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Francis Pardeilhan ... Carlo Sturni (voice)
Fiore Cosimo ... Police Operator (uncredited)

Lynn Swanson ... C.I.D. wife (uncredited)
Franco Vitale ... Police Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento  screenplay
Dario Argento  story
Jay Benedict  dialogue
Franco Ferrini  screenplay
Franco Ferrini  story
Phoebe Scholfield  dialogue

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... executive producer
Dario Argento .... producer
Original Music by
Claudio Simonetti 
Cinematography by
Benoît Debie 
Film Editing by
Walter Fasano 
Casting by
Fabrizio Bava 
Production Design by
Marina Pinzuti Ansolini 
Massimo Antonello Geleng  (as Antonello Geleng)
Art Direction by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Costume Design by
Patrizia Chericoni 
Florence Emir 
Makeup Department
Bernadette Grampa .... makeup artist
Fabrizio Nanni .... key hair stylist
Raffaella Ragazzi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gianluca Borelli Stracca .... unit manager
Tommaso Calevi .... production supervisor
Riccardo Folgore .... unit production manager
Irma Misantoni .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Bava .... first assistant director
Francesco Perri .... second assistant director
Marco Santoro .... third assistant director
Art Department
Milo Geleng .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Tullio Arcangeli .... additional sound effects
Tullio Arcangeli .... sound designer
Piergiorgio De Luca .... sound effects editor
Maurizio Di Coste .... sound mixer
Tommaso Quattrini .... sound
Bruno Ventura .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects
David Bracci .... special mechanical effects
Maurizio Corridori .... special effects
Francesca R. Di Nunzio .... sculptor
Barbara Morosetti .... models
Franco Ragusa .... special effects
Sergio Stivaletti .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Simone Fontana .... digital mastering editor
Giulia Infurna .... digital compositor
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer
Giuseppe Squillaci .... visual effects: Proxima
Sergio Stivaletti .... visual effects
Paolo Verrucci .... digital mastering colorist
David Ambrosi .... stunt double
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt rigger
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer
Riccardo Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Emiliano Novelli .... stunt double
Valentina Paradiso .... stunt double
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt supervisor
Massimiliano Ubaldi .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Bolognesi .... Steadicam operator
Claudio Del Gobbo .... grip
Stefano Di Pasquali .... additional grip
Stefano Marino .... gaffer
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip
Cristiano Sergioli .... grip truck
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
Casting Department
Carol L. Dudley .... casting: UK
Editorial Department
Alessandro Di Cola .... second assistant editor
Maria Cristina Marra .... assistant editor
Sarah McTeigue .... assistant editor
Irma Misantoni .... first assistant editor
Irma Misantoni .... post-production coordinator
Simone Rosati .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruno Ventura .... music editor
Other crew
Carla Alonzo .... production secretary
Maria Rita Gagliano .... payroll accountant
Marcello Lanza .... production accountant
Luca Padrini .... production assistant
Lynn Swanson .... dialogue coach

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Also Known As:
"Il cartaio" - Italy (original title)
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103 min
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The role of the cop was intended for Mathieu Kassovitz but he withdrew when he was offered the chance to direct Gothika (2003). It was eventually given to Liam Cunningham and the name changed from John Russo to John Brennan.See more »
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Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating thriller is not always on target but worth a look., 4 March 2009
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada

A female police detective (Stefania Rocca), who works for the cyber crime unit in Rome. She receives an mysterious e-mail that the recent tourist is captured by the kidnapper. This psychopath wants to play poker on-line with the police, this crazed person rules are simple if you can beat him for three games. He promises, he will let his victim go if you can beat him. A British police officer (Liam Cunningham) comes to help the Italian police officers to catch the killer. But this murderer is so good at poker and he manages to keep the police away from finding him. Their only option is finding a young brilliant poker player (Silvio Muccino), who could save lives of the psychopath's would-be victims.

Directed by Dario Argento (Do you like Hitchcock ?, Opera, Two Evil Eyes) made an fairly intriguing suspense-thriller that was made before "Untraceable", which it has some of the same ideas. This Italian import is actually well dubbed in English, good performances by the leads, some suspense but flawed and sometimes incredibly absurd (not to mention, not everything in the story makes sense). It is one of the few Argento's movies doesn't have graphic gory violence or memorable set-pieces. Also, it is one of Argento's most straightforward films, although not one of his best works as a filmmaker.

The DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an decent Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD has an fairly interesting commentary track by film critic Alan Jones, interview with the director, interview with Claudio Simonetti (Who worked on most Argento's films) and more. Perphas the problem with the film is the conclusion, the identity of the villain is unexpected but the suspense at the climax is played for unintentional laughs and an unbelievable ending as well. "The Card Player" does have some dark humour, the cinematography is good and it's a modest Argento movie. Fans of the director's work will enjoy this best. Written by the filmmaker and Franco Ferrini (Once Upon a Time in America, The Stendhal Syndrome, Trauma). Worth a look. (*** 1/2 out of *****).

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