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Paranoia (1969)

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


Umberto Lenzi


Umberto Lenzi (story), Umberto Lenzi | 2 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Kathryn
Lou Castel ... Peter
Colette Descombes ... Eva / Peter's stepsister
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Brian / 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


Kathryn, 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, she moves into a luxurious villa and proceeds to lead a lonely, uneventful existence until one day, a handsome young man, Peter shows up at the front gate, looking for tools so he can fix his sports car. She lets him stay the night, and the next thing she knows, she's madly making love to him in the shower. He eventually moves in, and is soon joined by a free spirit he introduces as Eva, his sister. She enjoys their company and partying with them - until she begins to suspect that they aren't what they seem to be. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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PARANOIA sucks you into a whirlpool of erotic love! See more »


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


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 »


Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


Just Tell Me
Written by Douglas Fowlkes and Piero Umiliani (as M. Zalla-Johnson)
Performed by Wesley Johnson (as Wess and The Airedales)
Published by Sonorfilm
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the music begins to drive us mad
12 February 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Just a little bit one note, this is such a good performance from Carroll Baker that it deserves a look. Baker is to inherit and there are of course many who wish to interfere, not least two youngsters who invade her mansion. At first they seduce her with sex and psychedelia and then move on to torturing her with much the same to drive her crazy and eventually they hope to suicide. Some of the music begins to drive us mad but the visuals are usually inventive and colourful partially distracting us from very much a two against one struggle. There are a few surprises and from comments made it is clear there is an Italian and American ending, guess which is the more cynical?

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Release Date:

7 February 1969 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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