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The Mad Butcher (1971)

Lo strangolatore di Vienna (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | May 1974 (USA)
After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life, but after a bitter argument with his wife, he accidentally kills ... See full summary »

Director:

Guido Zurli (as John Zurli)

Writers:

Dag Molin, Dick Randall (as Robert H. Oliver) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Victor Buono ... Otto Lehman
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Berta Hensel
Brad Harris ... Mike Lawrence
Dario Michaelis Dario Michaelis ... Inspector Klaus
Karin Field ... Hanna Lehman (as Karen Field)
Luca Sportelli Luca Sportelli ... Karl Brunner
Hansi Linder ... Frieda Ulm
Tina Buranzo Tina Buranzo ... (as Tina Buronzo)
Giacomo Pergola Giacomo Pergola
Dino Peretti Dino Peretti
Claudio Trionfi Claudio Trionfi
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After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life, but after a bitter argument with his wife, he accidentally kills her. Fearing he will be sent back to the hospital, he grinds up her body and sells it as sausages. As friends and relatives start asking questions about her disappearance, they too start ending up in the butcher's display case. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Meat is Meat, But This Sausage is Special! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Butcher See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Also shown in the US as "Meat Is Meat". See more »

Crazy Credits

The words "Buon appetito" appear over the final shot, a close-up of the sausages made when Victor Buono falls into the meat-grinding machine. After a few seconds, the letter "O" is added, changing the caption to "Buono appetito." See more »

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Featured in A Visit with Harry (2005) See more »

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Not a bad film!
1 October 1998 | by ClaytonSee all my reviews

With Buono's comedic performance as a butcher who decides to take back over his butcher shop after 3 years in the asylum, and the film's overall tongue-in-cheek approach to the story, this film is an entertaining, dark-humored thriller. The film's bloodless approach to the subject matter is also a welcome change as well to numerous others of its ilk. Also, watch for the well-directed climax!!


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