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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 23 September 1983 (USA)
The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director:

Juan Piquer Simón (as J. P. Simon, J.Piquer Simon)

Writers:

Dick Randall (screenplay), Roberto Loyola (screenplay) (as John Shadow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Lt. Bracken
Lynda Day George ... Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
Frank Braña ... Sgt. Randy Holden (as Franck Brana) (as Frank Brana)
Edmund Purdom ... The Dean
Ian Sera ... Kendall
Paul L. Smith ... Willard (as Paul Smith)
Jack Taylor ... Professor Arthur Brown
Gérard Tichy ... Dr. Jennings (as Gerard Tichy)
May Heatherly ... Mrs. Reston
Hilda Fuchs ... Grace - Dean's Secretary
Roxana Nieto ... Virginia Palmer - Chainsaw Victim
Cristina Cottrelli ... Jenny - Pool Victim (as Cristina Cottrel)
Leticia Marfil ... Suzie - Locker Room Victim
Silvia Gambino Silvia Gambino ... Mary - Elevator Victim
Carmen Aguado ... Carla - Aerobics Instructor
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Storyline

While playing with a puzzle, a teenager is repressed by his mother, and he kills her and severs her body with an ax. Forty years later, in an university campus in Boston, a serial killer kills young women and severs their bodies in parts, stealing body pieces from each student. Lt. Bracken makes a deal with the dean of the campus, and infiltrates the agent Mary Riggs as if she were a tennis teacher and together with the student Kendall, they try to find the identity of the killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Carvalho, Brazil

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The Chainsaw Devil... He's a real bastard! See more »


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Trivia

Filming commenced in the winter of 1981. The pool scene had the actress swim in freezing cold water, and she almost froze to death as a result. See more »

Goofs

Mary wanders down the stairs in one shot and is in the hallway within another shot, but by the time that the Dean is downstairs - she can be seen walking down the same stairway and strolls across the hall again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Timmy Weldon: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men. Couldn't put the pieces together again.
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Alternate Versions

VHS edition released by EDDE Entertainment omits the important prologue scene before the credits which sets up the plot for the entire film. See more »

Connections

References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Deathwatch - Alt. Version 2
(uncredited)
From Un'ombra nell'ombra (1979)
Composed by Stelvio Cipriani
Keyboards by Claudio Simonetti
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Lovable gore movie from a great, great director
11 June 2000 | by zmaturinSee all my reviews

Thank you, Juan Piquer Simon! First I'm delighted by your wondrous "E.T." rip off "Pod People", then your amazing killer slug movie, the aptly titled "Slugs". But now I've seen the one that tops those classics and then some: your take on the chainsaw massacre genre, "Pieces". What an amazing, totally hilarious, totally entertaining movie!

After seeing a little kid hack up his mother with an ax (and the subsequent arrival of the police who have no reaction whatsoever to the woman's severed head lying in a closet), we jump to "forty years later" at a college campus in Boston. We know it takes place in America, because there are American flags, maps of the United States, and pictures of Ronald Reagan everywhere. It's obviously NOT Spain. Anyway, this totally-American-and-not-Spanish-at-all killer is on the loose, collecting various body parts for his human jigsaw puzzle. There's tons of great gore as the unseen killer's chainsaw rips through necks, arms, torsos, you name it. But what's just as good is all the scenes between the gore scenes in which the cops try to hunt down the killer.

First of all, one of the cops is the guy from "Slugs" who yelled "You don't have the authority to declare Happy Birthday!". He gets an equally stupid line in this movie with "Right now we're just buying clothes without labels and trying them on for size." He enlists the help of Kendall, a well meaning student who is played by the guy who says "It stinks!" in "Pod People".

Kendall is of no help at all except for the fact that he stumbles on the corpses minutes after the killer leaves the scene and he romances the tennis pro/cop who's hunting the killer undercover. These scenes are creepy because the actress is old enough to be Kendall's grandmother. Watch for the scene towards the end where she's lying down and Kendall touches her face, then in the next shot he's in the middle of the room, nowhere near her.

Also enjoy the fact that the cops find the killer's bloody chainsaw, but he somehow magically has it back for the next killing. Enjoy the scene where a girl on a skateboard smashes through a mirror for no reason, and is never heard from again. Enjoy the scene where a character we've never seen before jumps out of the shadows, does some kung-fu moves, and then leaves, never to be seen again.

But most of all, enjoy the out-of-nowhere insanity of the film's closing moments. I won't spoil it here, but it has to be seen to be believed- actually, even then you might not believe it. "Pieces" is a totally enjoyable movie going experience if you are a fan of enjoyably bad movies and good gore.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$604,510, 25 September 1983

Gross USA:

$2,032,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,032,311
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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