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Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

Thriller - en grym film (original title)
A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director:

Bo Arne Vibenius (as Alex Fridolinski)

Writers:

Bo Arne Vibenius (screenplay) (as Bo A Vibenius), Bo Arne Vibenius (an original story) (as Alex Fridolinski)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Lindberg ... Frigga
Heinz Hopf ... Tony / Pimp
Despina Tomazani Despina Tomazani ... Lesbian sex buyer
Per-Axel Arosenius Per-Axel Arosenius ... Frigga's Father (as Per Axel Arosenius)
Solveig Andersson ... Sally / Prostitute
Björn Kristiansson Björn Kristiansson
Gunnel Wadner ... Frigga's Mother
Marie-Louise Mannervall Marie-Louise Mannervall ... Woman in village
Hildur Lindberg Hildur Lindberg ... Woman in village
Olle Nordlander Olle Nordlander
Gunnar Palm Gunnar Palm
Stig Lokrantz Stig Lokrantz
Pamela Pethö-Galantai Pamela Pethö-Galantai ... Young Frigga
Lennart Robertsson Lennart Robertsson
Hans-Eric Stenborg Hans-Eric Stenborg ... Sex Buyer
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Storyline

Rendered mute after a horrific assault in the park by a sadistic old paedophile, young Madeleine tries to escape the traumatic experience living in silence in her parents' farmhouse. However, things will take a turn for the worse, when an innocent offer for a lift by a handsome stranger in a flashy sports-car leads to a nightmarish life of prostitution, abuse, and drug addiction. But when Madeleine finds out her evil pimp's cruel scheme, an irrevocable course of sweet retribution and a deadly sawed-off double-barrelled shotgun will inevitably set the stage for a bloody roaring rampage of revenge. And then, no one will ever dare to harm her again. Never again. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

THE MOVIE THAT HAS NO LIMITS OF EVIL (original US print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

5 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Call Her One Eye See more »

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Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (R-rated) | (R-rated cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 65343 delivered on 25-10-1974. See more »

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When the police car runs over a piece of grass between two roads, you can clearly see tire tracks from earlier takes. See more »

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Tony: I like women who don't talk too much... but you set a new record!
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US version was heavily edited (ca. 20 min.) for a R rating. DVD release by Synapse is uncut. See more »

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'Special' in more than one way
23 April 2005 | by stamperSee all my reviews

Thriller is not your average film. It wasn't in 1974 and it isn't in 2005 (31 years later). I must say, that I find it hard to describe the film, although the plot is relatively simple. What makes it difficult to describe this film is the way it is presented. First of all, despite not being an adult film, there are a hand full of penetration scenes which neither arouse nor sicken, which are thus basically useless for the plot or entertainment (if ANY elaborate penetration-scene can actually add something to ANY film is another question). On the other side though, this there is little action in this one to qualify as an action film and I must admit that most action scenes are badly executed (the spontaneous combustion of cars being one example). The exception to this is the hand-combat scene at the docks, which is excellent. The shoot-outs on the other hand however are at times excruciatingly long and useless. On top of that, the film also suffers a bit from the lack of dialog, although I must honestly say, that the acting (especially by Christina Lindberg) was of such quality that you didn't feel like turning the film off (which is strange for an adult film IF this qualifies as one).

The film has other qualities as well though. I was especially baffled by the quality of the special effects and in some way I feel that the film actually deserves a spot in movie history. Despite being somewhat slow and really not action-packed, I feel that this film among the first female-lead action film ever made. I know credit is often given to Mrs. Weaver and Mr.Scott for that (Alien), but I think this one might be in for the race, don't you? Of course there are other films in that race as well, like Coffy, Foxy Brown and perhaps Cleopatra Jones, which I haven't seen, but this one ranks right up there as a female version of Death Wish. That fact alone and the fact that this is a cheap, slightly pornographic Swedish film make this one special - or maybe just a rarity. I just know what it certainly isn't, a must-see.

6,25 out of 10 (with a 6 given upon voting)

post scriptum: this film isn't cruel in any kind of way and really doesn't warrant a 20 minute cut to receive an R rating. The adult parts didn't last that long did they? If you're talking blood, Reservoir Dogs is much crueler if you ask me.


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