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Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976)

Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta (original title)
An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal ... See full summary »

Director:

Alberto De Martino (as Martin Herbert)

Writers:

Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay) (as Vincent Mann), Gianfranco Clerici (screenplay) (as Frank Clark)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Capt. Tony Saitta
John Saxon ... Sgt. Ned Matthews
Martin Landau ... Dr. George Tracer
Tisa Farrow ... Julie Foster
Carole Laure ... Louise Saitta
Jean LeClerc ... Robert Tracer (as Jean Leclerc)
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Margie Cohn
Jean Marchand Jean Marchand
Anthony Forrest ... Robert Tracer (as Antony Forest)
Andrée St-Laurent ... (as Andree St. Laurent)
Peter MacNeill ... (as Peter Mac Neil)
Julie Wildman Julie Wildman
James Tapp James Tapp
Jérôme Tiberghien Jérôme Tiberghien ... (as Jerome Thibergien)
Terence G. Ross Terence G. Ross ... (as Terence Ross)
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An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal methods to find the killer. Soon he discovers that not everything is what he thought it was. Written by Ørnås

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Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Canada | Panama

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

9 March 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Clips of the car chase from this film are used in the Geico commercials "Do dogs chase cats?" See more »

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The driver of a car passing by can be seen watching filming as cop walks into sex shop. See more »

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Spoofed in Car Field Stories (2018) See more »

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Watchable Dirty Harry Clone
6 May 2003 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

Unlike a lot of the low budget fare made around the mid to late '70s, it still holds up pretty well to repeated viewings. This isn't a fantastic movie, but it is at least watchable and features a cast that can actually act. The inimitable John Saxon, star of many a western Stuart Whitman, and even Martin Landau (Post 'Space 1999' I think) make their appearences, supported by the likes of Tisa Farrow (Mia's sister) and TV queen Gail Hunnicut (Where is she these days?). One great element of this film is the execellent music composed by Armando Trovajoli. At times, he has included themes which are a combination of classical music, along with synthesizer riffs. And the heavy bass line help to hieghten tension during the scary scenes. As someone has mentioned before, this is a mix of genres from the Italian giallo, to the usual US cop thriller. But it all seems to work well.

Methinks the over-rated Dario Argento could learn a lot from a film such as this!


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