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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il cartaio" - Italy (original title)
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103 min
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Did You Know?

Dario Argento stated in an interview with Alan Jones that Stefania Rocca was an actress he could actually talk to about film theory. Which lead to Dario being more flexible working with Stefania compared to the other actresses he has previously worked with.See more »
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Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not bad at all: little gore but plenty of tension, 7 February 2004
Author: Shusai from Brisbane, Australia

I have the good fortune to be working in Italy now and, as Dario Argento is my favorite filmmaker, I saw 'Il Cartaio' as soon as it came out here. Like 'Nonhosonno' it's a tense, unnerving urban thriller with a number of flaws but enough sublime moments to make it stand out above pretty much everything else playing at the moment. Gorehounds will be disappointed though, as 'Cartaio' eschews the over-the-top bloodshed of almost every previous Argento film. But most giallo buffs should find plenty of nerve-wracking thrills and intriguing plot twists to hold their attention.There are also sympathetic characters and great location-shooting in Rome.

I enjoyed Simonetti's electronic score, although I felt it was slightly overused in the second half of the film. It sets the scene nicely during the opening credits and is used to great effect in the 3rd murder sequence, a truly tense scene which really had my pulse-rate running! On the subject of the murder sequences, they rely on suggestion rather than visceral impact, but are mostly effective for the electrifying and perverse tension they exude. Of the numerous killings, two of the poker-game sequences (the second and the fourth) went on for too long and the victims' shrill screams started to get annoying.The other murders, though, were wonderfully timed and quite shocking, especially since the characters are surprisingly sympathetic and better-developed than in many other Argento films. Argento has never used such a minimalist approach before, and in my opinion it works, because when those creepy camera movements, stylistic flourishes, and visual enigmas do actually occur, they have all the more impact. I'm happy to see that Argento is continuing to mature and metamorphose as a film maker. But I also admit a desire that he'll return to the all-out gory shocks and high-baroque style of his earlier masterpieces. I give 'Il Cartaio' an 8/10, just below 'Nonhosonno'.

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