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Cold Eyes of Fear (1971)

Gli occhi freddi della paura (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller | 6 April 1971 (Italy)
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Respectable lawyer Peter picks up Anna, an Italian woman of dubious virtue, from the club and takes her back to his Uncle's place. They soon discover they are not alone. A gunman Quill (Julian Mateos), is waiting for them.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

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Leo Anchóriz (screenplay), Tito Carpi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Giovanna Ralli ... Anna
Frank Wolff ... Arthur Welt
Fernando Rey ... Judge Bedell
Julián Mateos ... Quill
Karin Schubert ... Nightclub Actress (as Karyn Schubert)
Leonardo Scavino Leonardo Scavino ... Hawkins the butler (as Leon Lenoir)
Franco Marletta Franco Marletta
Gianni Garko ... Peter Bedell
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Respectable lawyer Peter picks up Anna, an Italian woman of dubious virtue, from the club and takes her back to his Uncle's place. They soon discover they are not alone. A gunman Quill (Julian Mateos), is waiting for them.

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Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 April 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperate Moments See more »

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Production Co:

Cinemar, Atlántida Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Weak Italian thriller
7 April 2007 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This is one of the weakest Italian thrillers I've seen. It's a giallo/house-invasion hybrid but it doesn't really succeed in either genre. The film begins like a typical giallo with an opening credit sequence following a car through the streets of London to a Morricone soundtrack; this is followed by a textbook giallo stalk scene which, somewhat bizarrely, turns out to be a stage show. Up to this point the movie is perfectly serviceable but really, this is as good as it gets. The majority of the remainder of the film is about a lawyer and a prostitute who are held captive by a couple of bad guys. And, to be perfectly honest, they don't get up to anything very interesting.

Unlike other weak giallos, like Slaughter Hotel for example, this movie neither delivers much sleaze or is photographed particularly attractively. And the score, while being a stronger aspect of the film, is basically Morricone-by-numbers. However, there is some fun to be had with the ridiculous dubbing, which makes the actors appear that they cannot act for toffee; and the guy called Quill has a very very silly accent. No one in the U.K. talks like this trust me.

Overall, I'm not sure who I can recommend this to. Fans of giallos will find it too unsuspenseful and uninvolving and those who like house invasion movies will not find it anywhere sleazy enough. At best it offers a few laughs and some semi-inventive scenes. But really, it's not very good.


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