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Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 25 November 1970 (UK)
A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writer:

Mario di Nardo (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Berger ... Professore Fritz Farrell / Professor Gerry Farrell
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Trudy Farrell (as Ira Furstenberg)
Edwige Fenech ... Marie Chaney
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Jack Davidson
Helena Ronee ... Peggy Davidson (as Helena Ronée)
Teodoro Corrà Teodoro Corrà ... George Stark (as Teodoro Corrá)
Ely Galleani ... Isabel (as Justine Gall)
Edith Meloni ... Jill Stark
Mauro Bosco ... Jacques / Charles
Maurice Poli ... Nick Chaney
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Storyline

George Stark is a wealthy industrialist who invites five business friends of his to his remote Mediterranean island for a weekend of relaxation and business when he introduces them to Professor Farrell, a brilliant chemist who gives investment ideas to the group. But against Farrell's wishes, the group goes behind each other's back to obtain information on Farrell's chemistry ideas and soon the guests and residents start turning up dead one by one as Stark and Farrell must rally the group together to determine the identity of the killer (or killers) despite nobody trusting anyone. Written by matt-282

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Island of terror!

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Anzio, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Agatha Christie's original story was titled "Ten Little Niggers", which had previously been filmed under such official titles as And Then There Were None (1945) and Ten Little Indians (1965). The source of the story went uncredited. Mario Bava did not care for that story, but his next feature, A Bay of Blood (1971), was practically a rewrite, on which he enjoyed total control. See more »

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At 22 minutes, Isabel's reflection in the glass matte painting featuring the beach house is visible before she enter the frame. See more »

Quotes

George Stark: I'm not a man of thought. I'm a man of action.
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Ti Risveglierai Accanto a me
Written by Emilio Iarrusso (as Jarrusso), Giacomo Simonelli (as Simonelli) and Piero Umiliani (as Umiliani)
Performed by Il Balletto di Bronzo
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Bava Plus Edwige...What's Not To Like?!?!?!
6 November 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

One of the few films directed by Italian horror maestro Mario Bava that I hadn't seen, as well as a film starring my latest object of cinematic lust, Edwige Fenech, 1970's "Five Dolls for an August Moon" was one that I eagerly popped into my DVD player at home. And it turns out that it was well worth the wait. In this very interesting giallo, a group of businessmen convenes, with their wives, at an ultramodern beach house on what looks to be a lonely Mediterranean island, with the purpose of convincing a scientist to sell them the formula for his new industrial resin. Before long, though, "Ten Little Indians" style, the group's members start to be killed off one by one, and, in a nice, eerie touch, are kept hanging in plastic wrap in the house's meat locker. The plot here is complex enough without being ultimately impossible to understand or swallow, although one or two points do not withstand logical consideration after the movie is done. Still, Bava's direction is typically stylish, with some memorable set pieces (dig those bouncing marbles!); a chic, jazzy score by Piero Umiliani aids immeasurably in moving things along (what a terrific soundtrack CD this film could have!); and the picture, though not as graphically violent as, say, Bava's "Twitch of the Death Nerve" (1971), still provides some grisly moments. And Edwige? Well, whether doing a frenzied dance number in gold lame bell-bottoms and matching brassiere or strutting around in various states of undress, this luscious Eurobabe does not disappoint. She is easily the hottest of the "five dolls" here; whotta knockout! My thanks to Image Entertainment for this great-looking DVD of a film never released theatrically here in the U.S.


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