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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Young co-eds are being dismembered by a mysterious murderer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from 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 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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Taglines:

Pieces... It's exactly what you think it is! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | Puerto Rico | Italy

Language:

Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pieces See more »

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,032,311
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Almena Films,Fort Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At various times there was an interest in doing a sequel following the film's financial success in the United States and Spain, but it was Juan that had already been involved in another project and tried to get a sequel started years later, but he couldn't. With show business the American producers soon forgot the idea, despite the success at the box office. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2 mins) After Timmy kills the mother in the prologue, her mouth is open when she dies. In the next shot, it is closed; this also happens in a flashback. 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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could be amusing under the right circumstances...
8 December 2004 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

Young women on a college campus are brutally (and I mean BRUTALLY) murdered by a chainsaw-wielding madman. The incompetent police decide to use an even more incompetent undercover cop/tennis whiz to try to figure out who it is. They also use a voluntary student (campus "stud" with lots of free time that really should be a suspect here) who is ordered to...protect the undercover cop? Yeah. It is really difficult to tell whether or not they tried to be funny (e.g, a naked soon-to-be victim just lies there, sucks in her tummy, and perks up her breasts while awaiting the chainsaw). I'm hoping so, because there are some really pointless scenes. It also tries to be a mystery, which is ridiculous because anyone who can do simple math can figure out who the murderer is. The "surprise" at the end, while completely absurd, does sort of make-up for the blatant misogyny in the rest of the movie. Sort of. Might be entertaining with a bunch of friends and booze. My Rating: 2.5/10


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