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L'uomo più velenoso del cobra (1971)

A gangster seeks those who killed his brother. A series of murders follow.

Director:

Bitto Albertini (as Albert J. Walkner)

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi, Eduardo Manzanos (screenplay) (as Eduardo Manzanos Brochero) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
George Ardisson ... Tony Garden
Erika Blanc ... Leslie Garden
Alberto de Mendoza ... George MacGreves
Janine Reynaud ... Clara
Luciano Pigozzi ... Louis Mortimer
Aurora de Alba Aurora de Alba ... Leslie's friend
Luis Induni ... Humphrey
Gilberto Galimberti Gilberto Galimberti ... Maxie (as Gill Rolland)
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo ... Manuel
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone
Percy Hogan Percy Hogan
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde
Benedikte Benedikte
Fernando Hilbeck ... Barry
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A gangster seeks those who killed his brother. A series of murders follow.

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 August 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Cobras See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hooray for the Elephants!
9 October 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Human Cobras" ended up in my must-see list because the (Italian) title sounds pure giallo, because the film poster looks pure giallo …and because it's included in most gialli lists, duh! But throughout at least half of the film's running time I kept on thinking: "if this is a giallo, then I'm the Queen of England". It's definitely not your typical and textbook type of giallo in which numerous scantily clad beauty models are sadistically knocked off by an unknown pervert wearing a dark raincoat and thick black gloves. No, "Human Cobras" gradually turns into that other type of giallo – albeit only halfway through the film – namely where the plot is centered on a convoluted murder conspiracy and literally all characters are involved in betrayal, corruption, adultery or sexual deviance. Generally speaking this type of giallo is less entertaining and a lot less memorable, and "Human Cobras" sadly doesn't form an exception. The first 30-40 minutes come across as a boring Poliziotesschi imitation with a lame anti- hero and poorly choreographed action footage. Tony Garden, a former criminal with a nasty face, receives a telegram to inform him that his brother Johnny has been murdered. He promptly travels to New York and visits the brother's attractive wife Leslie to find out what happened. Whenever Tony finds a person willing to talk about his brother, that particular person is murdered right before he/she has the chance to share what they know. We also know immediately who the killer is, but we don't know why. Then, for some reason I didn't quite capture, everybody travels to Kenya and from here onwards the film admittedly becomes more interesting and entertaining (although for all the wrong reasons…). It doesn't happen too often that giallo-plots take place in different locations, and definitely not in African countries. At a certain point, the characters even nonchalantly go elephant-hunting! I mean, seriously? I know it was the early 70s, but promoting stuff like that in films is never cool. Luckily enough, the hunters get into conflict and start shooting at each other instead of the elephants. One of them even gets run over by one of the massive animals and dies. Yay for the elephants! The denouement is fairly dumb and predictable, and establishes once and for all that "Human Cobras" is a passable and unworthy Italian thriller.


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