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Indagine su un delitto perfetto (1978)

The death of a multinational company's chairman induces the three candidates for the chairmanship to plot the ones against the others. One of the three simulates a deadly car accident to carry out his perfect criminal plan.


Giuseppe Rosati (as Aaron Leviathan)


Giuseppe Rosati (as Aaron Leviathan)


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Cast overview:
Gloria Guida ... Polly
Leonard Mann ... Paul De Revere
Joseph Cotten ... Sir Arthur Dundee
Adolfo Celi ... Sir Harold Boyd
Anthony Steel ... Supt. Jeff Hawks
Janet Agren ... Lady Gloria Boyd
Alida Valli ... Lady Clementine De Revere
Franco Ressel ... Sgt. Phillips
Paul Muller ... Gibson
Mario Novelli Mario Novelli ... Saboteur (as Antony Freeman)
Elio Stefanizzi Elio Stefanizzi
Claudio Gora


The death of a multinational company's chairman induces the three candidates for the chairmanship to plot the ones against the others. One of the three simulates a deadly car accident to carry out his perfect criminal plan.

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Release Date:

24 November 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Crime See more »

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CLC See more »
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2.35 : 1
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"Toodle Pip There's a Killer on The loose, What"
9 November 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Here the upper classes of England get in on the giallo act. When the CEO of 'the company' is killed in an aircraft explosion, three people are up for the job: grumpy old Joseph Cotton, grumpy old Adolfo Celi, and young arrogant Leonard Mann (a rich play boy who is also a race car driver). They all want the job and all three will stop at nothing to get it. Let's look at the details.

Cotton is getting it on with a young lady called Polly (played by Gloria Guida) who is also getting it on with Adolfo, so Cotton wants Gloria to kill Adolfo with a poisoned needle. Cotton has a pacemaker that he imagines is causing him problems and someone seems to be stalking his estate with that in mind. Adolfo also has his wife Janet Agren to attend to - she's the one with the money and she's been getting it on with Leonard, and many other people to put. Last of all, Leonard takes a header off a cliff while driving his car and his cousin is the policeman brought in to investigate the accident. The drama!

If, unlike me, you hadn't had the twists ruined for you by the IMDB description of this film, you'll still pretty much be able to figure it all out anyway. It's nice to see another giallo set in England, but the very society that director Rosati focuses on is so reserved that everything is very repressed. There's not much gore either, save for one nasty bit that comes out of nowhere. Actually, the film might be worth watching for that bit alone.

You can't go wrong with a bit of Adolfo Celi either when I think about it. This isn't a bad giallo but you'd expect, this late in the game, for it to be a lot less predictable. Gloria Guida sure is pretty though.

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