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Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (1974)

PG | | Mystery, Thriller | 1974 (Italy)
Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

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Elsa Martino
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Gen. André Salvé
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Ilona Morgan
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Otto Martino
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Wilhelm Blore (as Gert Froebe)
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Maria
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Inspector (as Nasser Malek Moti-I)
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U. N. Owen (voice)
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A group is invited, under false pretenses, to an isolated hotel in the Iranian desert. After dinner, a cassette tape accuses them all of crimes that they have gotten away with. One by one they begin to die, in accordance to the Ten Little Indians nursery rhyme. After a search is made of the hotel, they realize that the murderer is one of them. A few members of the group attempt to trust each other, but the question still remains, who can one trust? And who will leave the hotel alive? Written by Nick Johansen

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1.66 : 1
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In recent years, it has come to light that much of Christie's plot appears to have been inspired by a little known 1930 play by Owen Davis entitled The Ninth Guest, which utilized the same framework of people being brought together by an unknown host who proceeds to kill them one by one. Columbia Pictures' atmospheric film version of The Ninth Guest (1934) has never been released on home video, but is now in the public domain and can be found on eBay and iOffer. See more »

Goofs

When Aznavour sings "The Old Fashioned Wayl", he magically has drums accompanying him, yet it's supposed to be only him and the piano. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Edward Armstrong: Stop playing cat and mouse with me. If you...
[he glances around, and lowers his voice]
Dr. Edward Armstrong: If you want to kill the others I shan't interfere. Just leave me alone.
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Version of Desyat negrityat (1987) See more »

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Dance In The Old Fashioned Way (Les Plaisirs Démodés)
(uncredited)
Composed and Performed by Charles Aznavour
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I'm sticking up for it, I love it
12 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

This film always seems to get to much criticism, especially when compared to the 1945 version. Personally though I love it, I love the fact that they captured some of the claustrophobic feeling which you get very much in the book but not in any of the other versions. It has such a British feel to it, even though it's set in such an elaborate setting. I'm halfway through watching the Optimum DVD release and its amazing to see how vivid the colours are in it, the sets are amazing. Yes the acting is a little wobbly in parts, Elkie Sommer is very good but maybe someone else would have been better, I'm half expecting her to say to the Doctor 'Hello How are your doings?' (Carry on behind was done about the same time) Oliver Reed is very masculine in the role, again something i feel no other version had. The closing scene is very well done, understated and quite chilling. I'm glad this finally had a quality DVD release. Flawed but excellent whodunit.

Update, I've just acquired the Spanish Blu Ray release, and it does manage to explain the name of Rik Battaglia in the credits, as there is about an additional ten minutes of material, including a longer start, and cutaways to Iran, the only trouble with this release is that big chunks are in Spanish. So the mystery of Rik Battaglia is partially explained. Sadly not being fluent in Spanish I can't understand the content, and its relevance to the film.


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