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The Flower in His Mouth (1975)

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A female school teacher is implicated in a murder in a Sicilian town only hours after her arrival. The dead man insulted her on the bus on the way into town. As the mystery unfolds, it ... See full summary »

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Luigi Zampa

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Leonardo Benvenuti (as Leo Benvenuti), Piero De Bernardi | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer O'Neill ... Elena Bardi
Franco Nero ... Professore Michele Belcore
James Mason ... Avv. Antonio Bellocampo
Orazio Orlando ... Pretore Occhipinti
Aldo Giuffrè ... Maresciallo
Claudio Gora ... Deputate Cataudella
Luigi Bonos Luigi Bonos ... Canaino
Carla Calò Carla Calò
Gino Pagnani Gino Pagnani ... Profumo
Franco Fabrizi ... Dottore Sanguedolce
Oreste Baldini
Alessandro Maugeri Alessandro Maugeri
Rosario Bonaventura Rosario Bonaventura
Lino De Agró Lino De Agró
Fernando Jelo Fernando Jelo ... Villara
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A female school teacher is implicated in a murder in a Sicilian town only hours after her arrival. The dead man insulted her on the bus on the way into town. As the mystery unfolds, it becomes clear that the town is hiding some very sinister secrets. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 October 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flower in His Mouth See more »

Filming Locations:

Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 67390 delivered on 29-10-1975. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Unusual and intriging..
9 December 2002 | by chriskooterSee all my reviews

I saw this under the title The Masters on video in the UK. I've seen a lot of Italian movies from this time and if you allow for the limitations of dubbing and budget this film is actually pretty special. The idea of one man manipulating a whole population of a small town is brilliantly handled, and acted by James Mason. Franco Nero and Jennifer O Neal both give decent performances as pawns in a much larger conspiracy. It also has some great inexplicable moments, the frozen bodies on the motorbike, the revelation of what James Mason keeps in his backgarden, the superstitions of the townspeople. This all adds to the intrigue of this fascinating film. Somewhere between exploitation and art this film represents just what I personally look for in Italian movies from the 70's. Recommended, but not for everyone.


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