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What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

La polizia chiede aiuto (original title)
Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

Director:

Massimo Dallamano

Writers:

Massimo Dallamano (screenplay), Ettore Sanzò (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanna Ralli ... Asst. DA Vittoria Stori
Claudio Cassinelli ... Insp. Silvestri
Mario Adorf ... Insp. Valentini
Franco Fabrizi ... Bruno Paglia
Farley Granger ... Mr. Polvesi
Marina Berti ... Mrs. Polvesi
Paolo Turco ... Marcello Tosti
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... DA
Micaela Pignatelli ... Rosa
Ferdinando Murolo Ferdinando Murolo ... Sgt. Giardina
Salvatore Puntillo Salvatore Puntillo ... Napoli
Eleonora Morana ... Polvesi's Housemaid
Sherry Buchanan ... Silvia Polvesi (as Cheryl Lee Buchanan)
Roberta Paladini ... Patrizia Valentini
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Reporter
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Storyline

After an anonymous phone call, a teenage girl is found hanged in the attic of an old building in Lombardia and the police assume she committed suicide. The efficient Insp. Silvestri and the newcomer Asst. DA Vittoria Stori assume the case and while checking the location, Insp. Silvestri sees a middle age man, Bruno Paglia, taking pictures of the place from a nearby building. The man is arrested and soon Insp. Silvestri learns that the 14-year-old victim, Silvia Polvesi, was part of a teenage prostitution ring, including the beloved daughter of Insp. Valentini. His further investigation with the Asst. DA Stori discover a tape where sexual encounters with important names in the Italian society are recorded. Meanwhile a motorcycle rider wearing black uses a cleaver to get rid of suspects and witnesses. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The screams you hear may be your own! ("The Coed Murders" tagline) See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 65029 delivered on 9 August 1974. See more »

Goofs

When Cassinelli and Ralli are using a film projector, they ask the operators to reverse the film. The film starts again at the footage asked for, without rewinding. See more »

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A giallo by virtue of association and a police proceedural at heart.
28 May 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

As is probably obvious by the lurid title, Massimo Dallamano returns to the same teenagers in peril themes he explored two years earlier in his giallo What Have You Done to Solange. Only this time around the focus is more on the police procedure than the blood and sleaze that is associated with the giallo. What remains the same though is the classy visual style and the mystery aspect.

The discovery of a young girl hanged in a run-down attic leads the police to an underground prostitution ring. The story lacks the myriad red herrings of the giallo but it retained suspense and mystery well enough to keep me glued on the screen. Dallamano however throws a black-clad killer in the mix and punctuates this police proceedural with a couple of very well done gore scenes (hand decapitation, machete in the head, screwdriver in the belly; take your pick). As a testament to Dallamano's style, the killer is always shot close-up with wide-angle lenses that adds a reality distortion of sorts.

Add to that a sterling score by Cipriani that is equal parts suspenseful and subtle and some well handled action scenes and car chases in the poliziottescho mold (although it lacks the rampant energy of one, so I wouldn't classify it as such) and here you have a movie that is definitely worth the time of ANY fan of 70's Italian crime cinema. I shouldn't forget to mention that the copy I saw had surprisingly good dubbing too.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? See more »

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Primex Italiana See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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