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Il sorriso della iena (1972)

After the death of her mother under strange circumstances, a teenage girl quickly begins to suspect that her recently widowed stepfather may be involved.

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Jenny Tamburi ... Nancy Thompson (as Luciana Della Robbia)
Silvano Tranquilli ... Marco
... Gianna
... Magda
Zora Gheorgieva ... Dorothy Emerson
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Servant (as Luigi Guerra)
Fabio Garriba
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After her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, a seemingly naive 16 year old girl named Lucia Della Robbins (Jenny Tamburi) arrives at her Italian villa, where she begins to suspect that her new and recently widowed stepfather and her mother's friend (Rosalba Neri) may be involved in the apparent suicide. Written by jairhcastillo

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4 May 1972 (Italy)  »

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Death Before the Smile  »

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Italian censorship visa # 60245 delivered on 20-4-1972. See more »

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A tune you will be humming for days
12 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

16-year-old boarding school student Nancy (Jenny Tamburi) arrives in town after her mother commits suicide. She is taken in by her stepfather Marco (Silvano Tranquilli), who has already moved in his mistress Gianna (Rosalba Neri). Things get a bit strange when Nancy begins to suspect her mother didn't commit suicide and puts the moves on both of her hosts. This is a nifty little thriller from Silvio (AMUCK!) Amadio with enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The main mystery isn't too hard to guess, but there is a nice extra twist at the end and, of course, another one for good measure. Tamburi and the gorgeous Neri spend a lot of their screen time nude and that certainly helps too. Quite possibly the best thing about the film is a theme that is so catchy with Amadio using it at every opportunity. You will definitely be humming it for days after watching this one.


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