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Sequestro di persona (1968)

Christina Fisher arrives in Sardinia to spend a holiday with her university friend, Francesco. As they are touring the island, they are trapped by mountain terrorists. Francesco is ... See full summary »

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Ugo Pirro (story), Ugo Pirro (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Gavino
Charlotte Rampling ... Christina
Frank Wolff ... Osilo
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Marras
Pierluigi Aprà Pierluigi Aprà ... Francesco Marras
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Santulus Surgiu
Margarita Lozano ... Marras' mother
Enrico Osterman Enrico Osterman
Enzo Robutti
Fabrizio Jovine
Paolo Todisco Paolo Todisco
Gino Cassani Gino Cassani
Max Turilli Max Turilli
Guy Heron Guy Heron
Vito Rocca Vito Rocca
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Christina Fisher arrives in Sardinia to spend a holiday with her university friend, Francesco. As they are touring the island, they are trapped by mountain terrorists. Francesco is kidnapped, but Christina is permitted to leave. She is determined to contact the police, but is persuaded not to by Francesco's best friend, Gambino. Together they try to find the kidnappers, but she becomes suspicious of everyone including Gambino. Confused and paranoid, she sets out alone to contact the police. Written by Video Treasures

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Crime | Thriller

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Lucille
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Written by Albert Collins and Little Richard
Arranged by Riz Ortolani
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Abduction without viewer seduction
23 June 2019 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

This dullish thriller utilizes the same kidnapping theme that would dominate many Italian movies (and Italian life) through at least the 70s, although later treatments tended to be more in the realm of sensational action-packed crime thrillers. This movie doesn't seem certain how seriously to take itself-there's not much action, and the Sardinian atmosphere is vivid (at least photographically), but there's not enough insight into the politics or economics that would justify a relatively non-exploitative approach.

Franco Nero plays the son of a tightfisted local landowner; his friend, son of another wealthy local landowner, is the one who is kidnapped at the beginning of the film. It's Charlotte Rampling's POV we get during that key initial scene. Yet her vacationing-Brit-girl casual girlfriend of the kidnapped man turns out to be largely superfluous to the plot, making it seem as though her inclusion was really not much more than a commercial appeal to English-speaking audiences. (Rampling being Rampling, her character also comes off as extremely glamorous but a snippy brat, so we're not all that sorry she stays on the margins.)

There are echoes here of Bertolucci's much later "Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man," particularly in some later plot revelations. But in their different ways neither film works very well. Despite its regional focus, this one feels too much like a production compromised and rendered a little characterless by the requirements of "international" casting. There's a climax of violence and desperation, but the film just hasn't worked up enough suspense for it to have that much impact. It's all a near-miss, no cheesy knock-off but not strong enough to be memorable.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 March 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sardinia Kidnapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Sardinia, Italy

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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