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Amuck (1972)

Alla ricerca del piacere (original title)
R | | Mystery, Thriller | June 1978 (USA)
A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.


Silvio Amadio


Silvio Amadio (screenplay), Silvio Amadio (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Farley Granger ... Richard Stuart
Barbara Bouchet ... Greta Franklin
Rosalba Neri ... Eleanora Stuart
Nino Segurini Nino Segurini ... Il commissario Antonelli
Dino Mele ... Sandro
Umberto Raho ... Giovanni - the butler
Patrizia Viotti Patrizia Viotti ... Sally Reece
Petar Martinovitch Petar Martinovitch ... Rocco


Greta Franklin, a beautiful American blonde, arrives on an island near Venice and rings the door-bell of Richard Stuart, a famous novelist who lives in a beautiful house with his wife Elonora. She manages to be hired as Richard's new secretary, the former one having disappeared without a trace. What Richard and Eleonora do not know - yet- is that Greta has a secret motive for taking the job: not only did she know Sally, her predecessor, but she was her lover... Written by Guy Bellinger

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An explosion of sexual frenzy! See more »


Mystery | Thriller


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Italian censorship visa # 58802 delivered on 13-11-1971. See more »

Alternate Versions

Amuck (1972) has also been released in a shortened, 78 minutes version under the title Leather and Whips (1972). See more »


Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Shallow Erotic Thriller
1 June 2020 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The secretary Greta Franklin (Barbara Bouchet) travels from London to Venice to work with the prominent writer Richard Stuart (Farley Granger), who lives with his wife Eleanora Stuart (Rosalba Neri) in an island. Greta is replacing his previous secretary Sally Reece (Patrizia Viotti) that is missing. When Police Inspector Antonelli (Nino Segurini) interviews Greta, he learns that she accepted the job to investigate what has happened to Sally, who was her friend. Soon she suspects that Richard has murdered Sally, but she cannot find any evidence to prove her theory to the inspector.

"Alla ricerca del piacere", a.k.a. "In Search of Pleasure", is a shallow erotic thriller. The erotic scenes are excellent, but the plot and the behavior of the characters are silly and absurd. There are a couple of twists in the story and lots of nudity along the story. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Em Busca do Prazer" ("In Search of Pleasure")

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June 1978 (USA) See more »

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