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Madness (1980)

Vacanze per un massacro (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 March 1980 (Italy)
An escaped convict plays the occupants of a remote home against one another for his own sadistic pleasure while searching for the loot he buried there following a previous robbery.

Director:

Fernando Di Leo

Writers:

Fernando Di Leo (screenplay), Mario Gariazzo (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joe Dallesandro ... Joe Brezzi
Lorraine De Selle ... Paola - sister of Liliana
Patrizia Behn ... Liliana - wife of Sergio (as Patricia Bhen)
Gianni Macchia Gianni Macchia ... Sergio
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An escaped convict plays the occupants of a remote home against one another for his own sadistic pleasure while searching for the loot he buried there following a previous robbery.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Madness See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Midia Cinematografica See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Remade as Bastardi a Mano Armata See more »

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A Parte Il Fatto
Written by Cristiano Malgioglio and Corrado Castellari
Performed by Iva Zanicchi
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Rather weak
3 March 2019 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

There must have been a sharp drop in budgets here as Fernando De Leo goes from huge sweeping Eurocrime epics to...an old house out in the country with four actors in it, complete with recycled music from earlier, and better films.

That's your first warning sign right there. The theme tune for Milano Calibro 9 plays over footage of Joe Dallesandro escaping from prison and killing two farmers. He then heads off to a house in the country he has a special interest in, only to find that it has been bought over by a man and wife combo, complete with evil nymphomania sister who is having an affair with her brother in law.

There's something under the fireplace Joe wants, but maybe Joe wants a little bit of action too. While the man is out hunting, the wife out shopping, and the horny sister out sunbathing while wearing what looks like just a headscarf, Joe knocks her out and brings her into the house while he digs out the fireplace. When the sister wakes up, instead of pouncing on her, Joe makes her do some digging instead.

They do get in on eventually however, but the sister likes it of course. When the wife and the husband return, Joe starts playing them off each other, but to be honest with you this film never really gets going at all, including the predictable ending.

You could never say that Joe Dallesandro was ever going to win an oscar for acting, but here it seems like he just cannot be bothered at all! He just kind of threatens people and bulges his eyes out a bit. The whole thing comes across as being a bit half-arsed, like Fernando De Leo was just going through the motions. There's a bit of nudity to keep you awake a bit, but this is bare bones, plotless crap.


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