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Paranoia (1969)

Orgasmo (original title)
A rich and lonely American widow befriends two young people whose motives become suspect.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Kathryn / Widow
Lou Castel ... Peter
Colette Descombes ... Eva
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Brion / Lawyer
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Teresa / Maid
Franco Pesce Franco Pesce ... Martino
Tina Lattanzi Tina Lattanzi ... Kathryn's Aunt
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Police Inspector
Sara Simoni Sara Simoni
Gaetano Imbró Gaetano Imbró
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti
Alberto Corchi Alberto Corchi ... (as Alberto Cocchi)
Maria Rosiello Maria Rosiello
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Guilty Joseph Guilty ... Arnold Cleever
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Storyline

Kathryn West, a glamorous American widow, arrives in Italy several weeks after the death of her older, extremely wealthy husband. With the help of Brian, her lawyer, Kathryn moves into a luxurious villa and proceeds to lead a lonely, uneventful existence until one day, a handsome young man named Peter Donovan shows up at the front gate, looking for tools so he can fix his sports car. Kathryn lets him stay the night, and the next thing she knows, she's madly making love to him in the shower. Peter eventually moves in, and is soon joined by a free spirit he introduces as Eva, his sister. Kathryn enjoys their company and partying with them - until she begins to suspect that Peter and Eva aren't what they seem to be. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 February 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First part of a trilogy also including So Sweet... So Perverse (1969) and A Quiet Place to Kill (1970). See more »

Goofs

The two times Eva plays the Wess & The Airedales "Just Tell Me", they are different records with very different labels. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version titled "Orgasmo" runs 88 minutes; American release is cut to 77 min. and retitled "Paranoia". See more »

Connections

Featured in Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Tell Me
Written by Douglas Fowlkes and Piero Umiliani
Performed by Wesley Johnson (as Wess & the Airedales)
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I hate it When they Use the Same name for Different Movies
9 June 2005 | by HoohawnaynaySee all my reviews

Yes, I was confused about this film, even though for American release they shared the title with "A Quiet Place to Kill" This flick is worth watching for the late 60's clothes and music. Anyone who knows who the group is singing in the nightclub scene please email me, as I love that song.

Carroll, looking lovely get tormented by a pair of kinky siblings, or so we think. Actually,, the sex, drugs & orgies are tame by today's standards but the editing still bugs me on this one. Still, a good roll in the mud thanks to a talented cast. I still think the actress who played the housekeeper looks like a bad drag queen, but hey, not everyone is a glamour puss like Carroll!


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