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Autopsy (1975)

Macchie solari (original title)
A pathology med student and a priest team up to investigate a wave of suicides blamed on sun spots and discover a number of them to be actual murders.

Director:

Armando Crispino
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mimsy Farmer ... Simona Sanna
Barry Primus ... Father Paul Lenox
Ray Lovelock ... Riccardo
Carlo Cataneo Carlo Cataneo ... Lello Sanna
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... Danielle
Gaby Wagner Gaby Wagner ... Betty Lenox
Massimo Serato ... Gianni Sanna
Ernesto Colli Ernesto Colli ... Ivo
Leonardo Severini Leonardo Severini ... Caretaker
Eleonora Morana ... Eleonora
Antonio Casale ... Inspector Silvestri
Giovanni Di Benedetto Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Professor Mari
Pier Giovanni Anchisi Pier Giovanni Anchisi ... Archivist at Criminal Museum (as Piero Anchisi)
Maria Pia Attanasio Maria Pia Attanasio ... Aunt Elvira
Sergio Sinceri Sergio Sinceri ... Doctor
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Storyline

Simona Sana is a young pathologist who works in a morgue in Rome, Italy which suddenly gets hit with a wave of violent suicides that are attributed to a summer heat wave. Driven to exhaustion from the intense heat and the long hours worked, Simona struggles to complete her college thesis about natural deaths- when one "suicide" victim is brought into the morgue identified by a young Catholic priest named Paul Lenox as being his sister. He claims she did not commit suicide but was murdered. Simona teams up with Father Lenox to solve the mystery and stay one step ahead of a mysterious killer who now begins to stalk her when she gets a little too close to the truth of the suicides.

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It'll take you... apart! See more »


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Victim See more »

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Production Co:

Clodio Cinematografica See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Father Paul Lenox: I kill you, i've already killed a lot of people. You understand, YOU UNDERSTAND. I'll kill you too. I'll kill you, i'll kill you, i'll kill you, i'll kill you, i'll kill you.
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Alternate Versions

The version released by Anchor Bay is the complete and uncut 100-minute version, which restores over 15 minutes of footage that was deleted for the film's original American release. See more »

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Unusual But Great Giallo
20 February 2008 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

Armando Crispino's "Macchie Solari" aka. "Autopsy" of 1975 is an underrated and quite unusual Giallo that lovers of Italian horror can not afford to miss. Great suspense, bizarre elements and very interesting, often troubled characters come along with a menacing atmosphere and a great, very eerie score by none other than Ennio Morricone. The film already starts out excellently, with several nasty suicides. Rome has been struck by a heat wave, which leads to increased suicidal tendencies among the population. Being constantly surrounded by disfigured corpses is becoming too much for young pathologist Simona (Mimsy Farmer), who is writing a thesis about suicide and murder. Simona, whose job is giving her nightmares and terrible visions, doesn't believe that all of these violent deaths were suicides...

"Autopsy" features many frightening and often bizarre sequences, a quite complex plot and elaborate characters. The storyline is sometimes quite complex to follow, especially since the scene changes often seem quite abrupt, but this only makes the film less predictable, and everything makes perfect sense as a whole. The performances are entirely very good. Mimsy Farmer is excellent in the lead, and portrays her character's fears and nightmares in a very believable manner. Another great performance is delivered by Barry Primus, who plays a quite unusual catholic priest. The cast furthermore includes Ray Lovelock, a regular to Italian genre cinema, and Ernesto Colli, who should be known to Italian Horror buffs for his role in Sergio Martino's 1973 giallo masterpiece "Torso" (aka. "I Corpi presentano tracce di violenzia carnale"). It should be said that "Autopsy" is not the gore-fest the DVD cover might make you think. Even though there are some very violent sequences and many repulsive images, the violence is quite tame compared to many other Gialli of the mid 70s. The movie's main intention is suspense and it definitely succeeds in being suspenseful. "Autopsy" is a stylish, atmospheric and very suspenseful Giallo, that no lover of Italian Horror should allow himself to miss. Highly Recommended!


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