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Summertime Killer (1972)

Un verano para matar (original title)
PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1972 (Spain)
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 »

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(screenplay) (as R. Buckley), (screenplay) (as L. Comeron) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain John Kiley
... Tania Scarlotti
... Ray Castor
... Lazaro Alfredi
... Michèle
... Tania's Teacher
... Alex
Ricardo Valle
... Guido
... Mason (as Jose Nieto)
Lorenzo Larios
Miguel de la Riva
... Louie
Lluís Torner ... Veterinarian (as Luis Torner)
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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 »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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In one of the boat scenes, Ray Castor says "They're on top, drying", but his mouth stops moving before the sentence is finished, indicating that the sound was added later. See more »

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Tania Scarlotti: And you locked me up in here, won't you afraid I'm not trying to kill myself?
Ray Castor: I watched you. Another type of girl would've killed herself. Want something else?
Tania Scarlotti: No. Not bad. Where did you learn to cook, kidnap school?
Ray Castor: Let's talk about you, for unshift.
Tania Scarlotti: OK. I'm not like you, I'll answer.
Ray Castor: Were you in love with the professor?
Tania Scarlotti: Once, yes. But not anymore.
Ray Castor: That's not very original.
Tania Scarlotti: He's intelligent, kind. Human qualities you might find in yourself if you bother to look.
Ray Castor: Those make bad judgements.
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Revenge is a dish best served...in the summertime
14 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Summertime Killer is a Spanish thriller and would seem to take influence both from the Italian Polizi and mafia genres, as well as the American action films. The film is thoroughly entertaining for the entire duration; but it does suffer from some major story and scripting problems - for a start, the film simply tries to do too much and changes gears too often and at really short notice; we go from a revenge thriller to a kidnap flick in a heartbeat and it makes the film feel rather disjointed. Add in some completely bizarre character decisions and you've got a film that is seriously hard to take seriously. Summertime Killer starts with a scene that sees a bunch of gangsters kill a man, under the nose of his son. We then fast forward a few years and the kid is grown up; the gangsters that killed his father are also being picked off one by one. Naturally, there are people out to stop him from taking his revenge; including the mob boss as well as a police detective who resolves to track the kid down.

The lead character is played by Christopher Mitchum; a fresh faced actor who I was surprised to find is the son of grizzled Noir star Robert Mitchum. He actually fits the role better than I thought he would and plays the cold man of few words well. My fellow Dario Argento fans will recognise Karl Malden as the star of Cat O'Nine Tails; the distinctive actor puts in a good performance here, and the stunning Argentine actress Olivia Hussey rounds off the central cast. There's a solid stream of action that runs throughout the movie and thankfully director Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi knows his way around an action scene well enough to keep everything entertaining. The car chase towards the end of the film is a seriously gripping highlight and actually reminded me a lot of the standout car chase in James Cameron's masterpiece Terminator 2. The film has a fair few distinctive elements about it; the way the central character rides around on a dirt bike and lives in a houseboat being the biggest of them. Overall; this is certainly a very flawed film - but it's entertaining enough and I'm sure that anyone who tracks it down won't be too disappointed.


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