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The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

L'iguana dalla lingua di fuoco (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 24 August 1971 (Italy)
In Dublin, a young woman is brutally murdered in her home by a maniac that throws acid in her face and then slits her throat with a razor. Her mangled body is later discovered in the boot ... See full summary »

Director:

Riccardo Freda (as Willy Pareto)

Writers:

Riccardo Freda (screenplay) (as Willy Pareto), Sandro Continenza (screenplay) (as Alessandro Continenza) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Luigi Pistilli ... Detective John Norton
Dagmar Lassander ... Helen Sobiesky
Anton Diffring ... Ambassador Sobiesky
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Inspector Lawrence
Werner Pochath ... Marc Sobiesky
Dominique Boschero ... The Ambassador's mistress
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Mandel
Sergio Doria ... Walter
Ruth Durley Ruth Durley ... Norton's mother
Valentina Cortese ... Mrs. Sobiesky
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In Dublin, a young woman is brutally murdered in her home by a maniac that throws acid in her face and then slits her throat with a razor. Her mangled body is later discovered in the boot of a limousine owned by the Swiss Ambassador Sobiesky. The Ambassador, who was the dead woman's lover, refuses to cooperate with the police due to his diplomatic immunity. John Norton, an ex-cop famed for his brutal working methods, is brought in to help and gets too deeply involved when he stars an affair with the Ambassador's beautiful step-daughter, Helen. Meanwhile, the brutal killings continue... Written by Anonymous

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Mystery | Thriller

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Italy | France | West Germany | Ireland

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La iguana de la lengua de fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The films opening credits state it is based on the novel "A Room Without a Door", by Richard Mann. Italian film historian Roberto Curti said the novel was an invention of the filmmakers. The screenplay for the film was written by Sandro Continenza and Riccardo Freda, while other credited writers André Tranché and Günter Ebert were credited solely for co-production reasons. See more »

Quotes

Ambassador Sobiesky: [to his wife] You bitch. You fucking bitch. You bitch, bitch, BITCH!
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Watchable and pretty sadistic Italian giallo.
29 November 2014 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

So I decided to re-watch "The Iguana and the Tongue of Fire" by Riccardo Freda after many years of not seeing the movie.In the prologue beautiful woman has her face melted with acid and her throat slashed by unknown black gloved killer.Her body is found in the trunk of a car belonging to the Swiss ambassador.Former police Inspector John Norton(Luigi Pistill)tries to solve this grisly case of mutilation and murder.But the elusive killer soon will kill more victims.""The Iguana and the Tongue of Fire" is a watchable albeit quite unsatisfying giallo with several nasty and gory murder scenes and very sadistic finale.The acting is fairly good and there is a bit of nudity.Still it seems that Riccardo Freda himself was dissatisfied with the film and effectively disowned it.That's why he directed it under the pseudonym of Willy Pareto.7 fiery iguanas out of 10.


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