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Amuck (1972)

Alla ricerca del piacere (original title)
A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.

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Silvio Amadio

Writer:

Silvio Amadio
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Screaming Scary and Sexy!!! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amuck See more »

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Production Co:

West Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) (2015)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technochrome)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Greta is investigating in the cellar, a print of Dorthea Lange's 'Migrant Mother' can be seen. 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 »

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Very effective and sleazy giallo.
22 November 2016 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Returning to view this film again after a gap of a few years I find I like it much more the second time around. It begins quietly as Barbara Bouchet is introduced to the Venetian villa of Rosalba Neri and Farley Granger. The rather washed out pan and scan print derived from video sources is not good but seems to be all there is and can soon be forgiven as the tense and vivid action develops. Granger is excellent, far better than I've seen him in other films of this period and of course he is ably supported by the lovely and sexy Bouchet and the beautiful Neri. The twisted story always makes sense, remarkably enough, and there is no shying away from the fact that this is steeped in an aura of sex and drugs and.....well maybe not rock 'n' roll, but an occasionally most effective score. Nudity is rampant throughout and whilst some of the sex scenes are gentle and consensual, some are most certainly not. There are also some marvellous sequences relating to past events, that take us out onto a very atmospheric lagoon and to a druggy party gone wrong. There is violence but not much in the way of gore, just more nudity instead. I don't recall a film when so many gorgeous costumes were worn and that came off so easily. Very effective and sleazy giallo.


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