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Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976)

Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta (original title)
In Canada, a rough Ottawa cop seeks the killer who poisoned his sister.


Alberto De Martino (as Martin Herbert)


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




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 ... Terence
Anthony Forrest ... Robert Tracer (as Antony Forest)
Andrée St-Laurent ... Rose Tracer (as Andree St. Laurent)
Peter MacNeill ... Alexander (as Peter Mac Neil)
Julie Wildman Julie Wildman
James Tapp James Tapp
Jérôme Tiberghien Jérôme Tiberghien ... Ted Sullivan (as Jerome Thibergien)
Terence G. Ross Terence G. Ross ... (as Terence Ross)


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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Walk with her if you dare...for every step will bring you closer, closer, closer to the meaning of fear! See more »


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Not-bad European action marketed as horror-thriller
19 November 2000 | by fs3See all my reviews

When this briefly played in the U.S. in 76-7, American International marketed it more in the line of a horror thriller than the shoot-em-up it leaned toward. Six capable perfomers, most of whom were accustomed to making the most out of low-budget material, appeared to varying degrees of success. DeMartino was a workmanlike director who, like most of his Italian contemporaries of the era, made his way around all of the heavily produced genres from western and superhero to crime and horror.

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Italy | Canada


French | English

Release Date:

9 March 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


CAD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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