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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.

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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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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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Runtime:

(edited) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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So-so
3 January 2006 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

The first half of this film is incredibly creepy. The suicides in the beginning separates by shots of solar flares and Ennio Morricone's suitably atmospheric music set the stage perfectly.

The scene in the autopsy room when the first corpse (the black man) suddenly smiles also send chills. As does the sudden close-up of the dead woman on the beach. The (real) photos of accident and murder victims in the 'death' museum was also a bit frightening.

After that...it all went downhill. The characters were hardly original. And they seemed to just add more of them for no reason. Add a new face, act like we've known him or her all along, then kill him off without warning.

I got the impression the director was told he had 48 hours to finish it or he loses his fee. So he packs the conclusion in a day. As a result, mass confusion. It should have been better.


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