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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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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | Puerto Rico | Italy | USA

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because producer Dick Randall was simultaneously making kung-fu films in Rome, a cameo for a Bruce Lee imitator, Bruce Le, was written into this film, even though this scene makes no sense in the context of the rest of the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) When the tennis pro is playing tennis, it is obvious that her skill level is that of a beginner. 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

Some foreign versions of the film (the Spanish one in particular) have different music and dialogue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Extra Terrestrial Visitors (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Un'ombra Nell'ombra - Alt. Versions
(uncredited)
From Un'ombra nell'ombra (1979)
Composed by Stelvio Cipriani
Keyboards by Claudio Simonetti
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'Pieces' is a wonderfully entertaining trashy slasher movie. Dumb, but lots of fun.
14 March 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Pieces' is a wonderfully entertaining trashy slasher movie. Dumb, but lots of fun. It has impeccable exploitation credentials - directed by the guy who gave us 'Slugs - The Movie' and co-written by both Dick Randall (assorted kung fu and Emanuelle movies) and shlockmaster Joe D'Amato, director of the legendary 'Antropophagus'(a.k.a. 'The Grim Reaper') to name the most notorious of his 150+ movies. Plus the star is Christopher George ('The Exterminator', Fulci's 'City Of The Living Dead'). George plays a cop sent in to investigate some bloody slayings on a college campus (the movie is Spanish but tries to pretend it's American). The viewer knows the killer is obsessed with female bodies and there is a recurring motif involving jigsaws and mirrors. As in most slasher movies there are plenty of suspects to choose from, including a scary looking gardener (cult favourite Paul Smith, 'Midnight Express', 'Crimewave'), a Professor of Anatomy (Jack Taylor, who appeared in a few Jess Franco classics like 'Succubus' and 'Eugenie'), and the Dean (Edmund Purdom, 'The Fifth Cord', 'Ator'). The lovely Lynda Day (Christopher George's wife) plays an undercover tennis coach(!) and spaghetti western veteran Frank Brana is George's sidekick. If you approach 'Pieces' with the right frame of mind you'll have a hell of a good time. It's bloody, completely illogical and contains the most unexpected martial arts scene in the history of horror movies (yeah, I know...)


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