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Agguato a Tangeri (1957)

An American police detective's investigation into a series of murders leads him to drug smugglers in North Africa.


Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton), Jorge Grau (uncredited)


Sandro Continenza (screenplay) (as Alessandro Continenza), Sandro Continenza (story) (as Alessandro Continenza) | 6 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Edmund Purdom ... John Milwood
Geneviève Page ... Mary Bolevasco
Gino Cervi ... Prof. Bolevasco
José Guardiola ... Pistolero
Félix Dafauce ... Inspector Mathias
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Pérez (as Antonio Molino)
Enrique Pelayo Enrique Pelayo
Mario Moreno Mario Moreno ... Chief of Police
Alfonso Rojas Alfonso Rojas
Luis Peña ... González
Amparo Rivelles ... Lola
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Olaguivel Juan Olaguivel


An American police detective's investigation into a series of murders leads him to drug smugglers in North Africa.

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Crime | Drama


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Italy | Spain



Release Date:

July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guet-apens à Tanger See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Stylish smoking-gun crime thriller.
10 December 2003 | by copycat1025See all my reviews

This film is a very well-done tale from director Riccardo Freda. It bears many earmarks of the visual style Freda would later use in his "Coplan" films. Everything is sleekly modern, from the fashionable nightclubs of Tangiers, to the streamlined airport at the film's close. This one also shows signs of the fading neo-realistic wave, and approaches levels of film-noir at times. The story-line is also quite superb, as Purdom explores deeper and deeper the web of criminal activity he was sent to uncover. Here is one of the few films I've seen in which Purdom doesn't over-act. He keeps everything at a cool, equable level, which shows that he may not be such a bad actor as some have suggested. Gino Cervi, as usual, plays his part to perfection, and does everything naturally, while Genevieve Page highlights the film as the main beauty. Although I don't care much for the slow jazz score played throughout the film, it fits the movie nicely, and lends definite atmosphere to the overall effect. Low on the action but high on the drama, Freda keeps us keyed up at all times, as we anxiously await Purdom to escape danger, save the girl, and bust the illegal operation.

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