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The Salamander (1981)

R | | Thriller | 23 May 1983 (USA)
An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect... See full summary »

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Peter Zinner

Writers:

Robert Katz (screenplay), Rod Serling (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Carabinieri Colonel Dante Matucci
Anthony Quinn ... Bruno Manzini
Martin Balsam ... Captain Steffanelli
Sybil Danning ... Lili Anders
Christopher Lee ... Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
Cleavon Little ... Major Carl Malinowski, USMC
Paul L. Smith ... The Surgeon (as Paul Smith)
John Steiner ... Captain Roditi
Claudia Cardinale ... Elena Leporello
Eli Wallach ... General Leporello
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Carabinieri Major Giorgione
Anita Strindberg ... Princess Faubiani
Marino Masé ... Captain Rigoli
Jacques Herlin ... Woodpecker
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... General Pantaleone
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An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murders are linked to a plot to seize control of the government. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Thriller

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Country:

USA | Italy | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La salamandra See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was filmed during the actors' strike of 1980. See more »

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Referenced in O aftakias (1982) See more »

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Stellar Cast
24 September 2016 | by shawnblackmanSee all my reviews

A political thriller involving secret plans to re-create a fascist government in Italy. This film is chocked full of stars like Christopher Lee, Anthony Quinn, Eli Wallach and the whole parade is led by Franco Nero who does a top notch job as high ranking officer investigating the murders involved in trying to obtain these documents.

They had some cash to spend on this film as you can see how elaborately furnished the interior shots are and most everything else.

The film mostly has Nero obtaining facts from interview to interview and there is a few chase scenes but its not a tense thriller just really interesting. The actors were amazing. If you get a chance give it a watch.


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