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Giornata nera per l'ariete (1971)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | January 1975 (USA)
An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation.

Director:

Luigi Bazzoni

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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
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
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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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 »

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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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Pedestrian giallo. Dull and uninteresting.
4 November 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I like giallo as a genre but I must admit that I found 'The Fifth Cord' to be very difficult to stay interested in. Half-way through I began to get bored, and by the end when the identity of the killer was revealed and their motive explained, all I could do was shrug and rewind. I can appreciate Franco Nero as much as the next guy, but even his utter coolness can't keep this one from a one way ticket to snoozeville. Nero plays an alcoholic journalist attempting to solve a series of odd murders in which he himself is a suspect. The whole movie has a second-hand Argento feel to it, but it just meanders along in a dull and uninteresting fashion. I would only recommend this to super giallo buffs who must see every movie of this kind ever made. The rest of you shouldn't bother, as it is a disappointing example of the genre, and really has nothing but Nero going for it. Too bad.


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