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The Dirty Seven (1982)

La belva dalla calda pelle (original title)
Seven commandos lose their captain and must begin a brutal attempt to survive.


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Complete credited cast:
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Falk
Laura Gemser ... Sheila
Gabriele Tinti ... Bony
Giovanni Brusadori Giovanni Brusadori ... Marcus (as Giovanni Brusatori)
Salvatore Lago Salvatore Lago ... Manuel
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... Marcel
Pany Herod Pany Herod ... Victor
Finny Anderson Finny Anderson ... Farmer
Timolis Timolis ... Soldier
Betsy Monterey Betsy Monterey ... Little Sister
Maximilian Wolters Maximilian Wolters ... Captain


Seven commandos lose their captain and must begin a brutal attempt to survive.

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Release Date:

30 May 1983 (Denmark) See more »

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The Dirty Seven See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In the version titled "Emanuelle, Queen of the Desert," which is the version most often screened on American television and on home video, substantial editing has taken place. The opening scenes have been partially kept in audio, but the picture has been replaced with various images of Laura Gemser, in various states of undress, from throughout the film. Also, the basic premise, which is told in linear fashion in the original, is moved to the middle of the film, as if in flashback. The scene in which Gemser's character entices one of the soldiers on a hillside becomes the film's opening scene, whereas in the original cut, this scene takes place about halfway through the film's running time. The credit order is also changed, with Laura Gemser receiving top billing, whereas Angelo Infanti is top-billed in the original film. See more »

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Another unofficial unofficial Emanuelle film.
21 March 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Once again we have a case of a random Laura Gemser movie being retitled to cash in on the success of the 'unofficial' Emanuelle series, although whoever gave this film the AKA 'Emanuelle Queen of the Desert' was clearly having a bit of a laugh: the film is not set in a desert (it looks hot, but is obviously Mediterranean countryside); and Gemser's character is quite clearly named Sheila (and judging by her unladylike behaviour, she's definitely not royalty).

La belva dalle calda pelle AKA The Dirty Seven AKA Emanuelle Queen of the Desert is essentially a revenge drama, with Gemser avenging the rape and murder of a young woman by a team of soldiers who have become stranded in the *ahem* desert after their mission goes awry; as things go from bad to worse for the mercenaries, the men begin to fight among themselves, giving Sheila the opportunity to exploit their weaknesses (usually starting by flashing her goods at them).

And speaking of exploitation and weaknesses, this film has its fair share of both: there is some of nudity (of course), a smattering of sex, and plenty of violence, but also lots of poorly executed action, dreadful dialogue, tiresome drama, and laughable plot development—and with Gemser not even making an appearance until halfway though the film, I imagine that even the most ardent fans of the lovely lady will find this film a struggle to sit through.

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