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Operación Mantis (El exterminio del macho) (1985)

A beautiful woman is killed while skiing in Candanchú. But she is more than a beautiful model.


Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina)


Paul Naschy (screenplay) (as Jacinto Molina), Joaquín Oristrell


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Cast overview:
Paul Naschy ... El audaz Sam Stevenson
Julia Saly Julia Saly ... La seductora Jacqueline Genet / La diabólica Mantis
Fedra Lorente Fedra Lorente ... La explosiva Mari Pepi
Yolanda Farr Yolanda Farr ... El malvado técnico
Paloma Cela Paloma Cela ... Marquesa de Andrade
Fernando Bilbao Fernando Bilbao ... Kong
Antonio Gamero ... Presentador
José Sazatornil ... El sagaz Mister Alfa (as José Sazatornil 'Saza')
Taida Urruzola Taida Urruzola ... Bella guía
Adolfo Thous Adolfo Thous ... Portero chalet
Analía Ivars Analía Ivars ... Manicura
Alfonso Castizo Alfonso Castizo ... Árbitro ring
Anna Karin ... La valerosa Allyson Love
José Luis López Vázquez ... El astuto Marcello Antonelli


A beautiful woman is killed while skiing in Candanchú. But she is more than a beautiful model.

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Release Date:

1985 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

El exterminio del macho - Operación Mantis See more »

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Production Co:

Acónito Films See more »
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Did You Know?


At the end of the movie, several titles for fake upcoming sequels pop up. One of them is "Espía como puedas" ("Spy as you can"), a play on the Spanish title of Airplane! (1980), which was "Aterriza como puedas" ("Land as you can"). Years later, when Spy Hard (1996) was released in Spain, it was given the title "Espía como puedas". See more »


References The Wild One (1953) See more »


Music by Fernando García Morcillo
Lyrics by Julia Saly (as Julia Salinero)
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All around fun with Paul Naschy
25 November 2013 | by archie_stantonSee all my reviews

I found this movie to be an all around fun time. I was previously on familiar with Paul Naschy's werewolf films which all seem to have a somber and bleak tone to me, but you won't find any of that here. This movie is pure madcap fun in the tradition of 'Airplane!', 'Cannonball Run', 'Austin Powers', and the 'Flint' films. Basically a rather simple eurospy storyline told through a series of mini sketches and sight gags, and in my opinion in pays off very well.

If you can find it, give it a shot, it's in Spanish, and not available in an English dub to my knowledge, however the humor comes of as very American and doesn't seem dated at all.

Operation Mantis: 8/10. Check it out.

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