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Paranoia (1969)

Orgasmo (original title)
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 West
Lou Castel ... Peter Donovan
Colette Descombes ... Eva
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Brian Sanders
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Teresa
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 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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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 »


Followed by So Sweet... So Perverse (1969) See more »


Fate Had Planned It So
Written by Lydia MacDonald and Piero Umiliani (as Mac Donald-Umiliani) (as MacDonald-Umiliani)
Sung by Lydia MacDonald (as Lydia Mac Donald) (as Lidia MacDonald)
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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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Release Date:

7 February 1969 (Italy) See more »

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(director's cut)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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