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Summertime Killer (1972)

Un verano para matar (original title)
A six-year-old boy witnesses mobsters beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the now-grown boy begins to track down and eliminate the men who did it, determined to wipe out the ... See full summary »


Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (as Antonio Isasi)


Reid Buckley (screenplay) (as R. Buckley), Lluís Josep Comerón (screenplay) (as L. Comeron) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Malden ... Captain John Kiley
Olivia Hussey ... Tania Scarlotti
Christopher Mitchum ... Ray Castor
Raf Vallone ... Lazaro Alfredi
Claudine Auger ... Michèle
Gérard Barray ... Tania's Teacher
Gérard Tichy ... Alex
Ricardo Valle Ricardo Valle ... Mafia Boss
Gustavo Re ... Guido
José Nieto ... Mason (as Jose Nieto)
Lorenzo Larios Lorenzo Larios
Miguel de la Riva Miguel de la Riva
Umberto Raho ... Louie
Lluís Torner Lluís Torner ... Veterinarian (as Luis Torner)
Marcos Miravitlles Marcos Miravitlles


A six-year-old boy witnesses mobsters beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the now-grown boy begins to track down and eliminate the men who did it, determined to wipe out the entire gang. A police detective investigating the killings, and the Mafia boss who heads the gang, are just as determined to stop him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He can kill you standing still. Or at 200 M.P.H. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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In various scenes, camera reflections can be seen on screen, as well as a part of a camera on one of the houseboat scenes. See more »


Captain John Kiley: I was looking for an old friend. A kid, Ray Castor. They told me he lived here.
Ray's Neighbor: Oh, he has moved.
Captain John Kiley: Do you happen to know where I can find him?
Ray's Neighbor: He sold his house. His business is everything. I think he went back to Madrid.
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish version of the movie run 20 minutes longer. See more »


Remade as Barood (1976) See more »


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Slow but rewarding
7 January 2018 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

A young boy watches his father be brutally murdered by mobsters. Now in his 20s, Ray Castor (Christopher MItchum) is out for revenge. After killing a couple of the men who participated in his father's death, Ray sets his eyes on the mob boss. Unable to get close enough to succeed, Ray puts together a plan that involves kidnapping the boss' daughter, Tania (Olivia Hussey). It's all going as he intended, but something unexpected happens - Ray falls for Tania and vice versa.

Overall, Summertime Killer is nice little Italian crime/mob film. It's not as outlandish or action packed as some of its brethren, but it's enjoyable just the same. That's not to say there's no action. Summertime Killer features a bucket full of interesting and exciting dirt bike stunts, all capably pulled off by the master, Rémy Julienne. Really good stuff. There are also some nice tension filled moments as Ray hunts down his prey. The first killing, in particular, was nicely shot.

On the acting front, I'll just say that everyone is at least capable enough to make things enjoyable. Karl Malden, as the investigator brought in to find Ray, is sadly not given enough to do. I realized while watching Summertime Killer just how much I like Malden. He was a more than capable actor who always gave a professional performance. Here, though, his screentime is limited. The best I can say about Christopher Mitchum is that, here, he doesn't really mess things up. I like him, but honestly, he's not the best actor. He may look a lot like his father, but he doesn't have his dad's acting prowess. As for Hussey, I'll be nice and say she's in the movie. I've never been a fan.

More than enjoyable than a lot of films i watch, I'll give this one a 6/10. Fans of Italian genre cinema might enjoy it as long as you go into expecting a slower than normal poliziotteschi.

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Release Date:

3 July 1974 (France) See more »

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Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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