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The Fifth Cord (1971)

Giornata nera per l'ariete (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | January 1975 (USA)
A journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer who's been targeting people around him, while the police are considering him a suspect in their investigation.

Director:

Luigi Bazzoni

Writers:

David McDonald Devine (based on the novel by) (as D.M. Devine), Mario di Nardo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ... Helene Volta
Wolfgang Preiss ... Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Isabel Lancia (as Ira Fürstenberg)
Edmund Purdom ... Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ... Sofia Bini
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Dr. Riccardo Bini
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... G. Traversi
Luciano Bartoli ... Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
Agostina Belli ... Giulia Soavi
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Editor
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Vogel
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Man (as Guerra L. Antonio)
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini ... Man
Maurizio Bonuglia ... John Lubbock
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Storyline

After a high-class party in Rome, there's an assault. The victim is injured but lives. Andrea, an investigative reporter who drinks too much, is assigned the story. Then, always on Tuesdays, there are a series of murders. At each crime scene, a glove is left with a finger cut off for each victim. After four murders, Andrea thinks he's making progress, but by this time he may himself be a suspect, and someone he loves is in danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Fingers See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Mysterious Voice: [First lines] I am going to commit murder. I am going to kill another human being. How easy it is to say, already I feel like a criminal. I've been thinking it over for weeks, but now that I've giving voice to my evil intention I feel comfortably relaxed. Perhaps the deed itself will be an anti-climax, but I think not.
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Although intact on the cinema a 2 sec cut was made to the UK Redemption video release to edit a throat-cutting. See more »

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Nice 70's Italian giallo, typical of its genre
19 February 2000 | by Sultan of HorrorSee all my reviews

Very typical early 1970s Italian giallo, in which a journalist (with a drink problem) tries to solve a series of murders with a common theme. As with all good films of this type, a nice twist is provided at the end, with the protagonist giving a voice-over summary.

Murder scenes are not the finest in this genre, but some appear fairly unnerving as they are shown in complete silence. One is not shown at all due to a two second cut (UK BBFC version).

This is an average film of its type, but nevertheless of a good standard.


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