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The Killer Likes Candy (1968)

Un killer per sua maestà (original title)
PG | | Action | 12 April 1968 (Italy)
Shrewd and evasive ex-Nazi and top assassin Oscar Snell is determined to rub out the King of Kafiristan. Snell's sole weakness is his sweet tooth; he leaves candy wrappers at the scene of ... See full summary »

Directors:

Federico Chentrens (as Richard Owens), Maurice Cloche
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerwin Mathews ... Mark
Marilù Tolo ... Sylva
Venantino Venantini ... Costa
Ann Smyrner
Riccardo Garrone ... Nicolo
Werner Peters ... Guardino
Gordon Mitchell ... Toni
Bruno Cremer ... Oscar Snell
Lukas Ammann ... Faoud
Sieghardt Rupp
Alain Saury ... Le général
James Mishler James Mishler
Fabienne Dali ... Veronica, Guardino's Girl
Umberto Raho
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Conte
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Shrewd and evasive ex-Nazi and top assassin Oscar Snell is determined to rub out the King of Kafiristan. Snell's sole weakness is his sweet tooth; he leaves candy wrappers at the scene of his every crime. It's up to no-nonsense CIA agent Mark Stone to find Snell and stop him before it's too late. Written by Woodyanders

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A Paid Assassin Stalks His Prey ...

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Action

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The candy must be sugar free.
18 May 2010 | by ZeegradeSee all my reviews

Really bland James Bond-lite European piece about an American government agent assigned to be the head of security for the king of Kafiristan after one of his comrades takes an assassin's bullet meant for the king. Sensitivites arise as the U.S. is looking to sign a lucrative contract with the oil rich country which needs him alive at least until the the deal is signed. Thankfully this was made forty years before Hollywood decided to make Americans the bad guy in all energy concerns but I digress. Enter "Angel Face" Mark Stone who spends his free-time pretending to be a fashion photographer which is funny because I do the very same thing when I go to the mall. Mark is the strictly business CIA agent that is tasked with hunting down a hit-man with a sweet tooth. At least this is what the film chooses to focus on as the candy thing is more of a quirk than a calling card to anyone who stumbles upon one of his victims. The killer is Oscar Snell, a former Nazi, who really makes a lot of mistakes for a professional assassin. His numerous attempts on the king's life all fail which spoils the confrontation between Stone and himself. Numerous fights scenes are clumsily spliced together as Stone must outsmart a small army sent to dispatch him and his partner Costa who does a decent job as the girl-crazy comic relief. Not a whole lot of beauties to ogle either as this is a skin-free film that offers very little titillation which is rare for these kind of movies. The late sixties lounge musak score is so inappropriate in the shootout scenes that it's almost comedic when watching it. Complete with "bada-dada-da's" it's the kind of music which should accompany Mark prancing through a field of lilies. On the positive side "Killer" makes great use of the unique landscape like a shootout in a park lined with large ancient sculptures and a battle in the catacombs of a church. I really started to get bored towards the end as I struggled to focus on how Mark was going to capture Snell which ends anticlimactically as well mind you. If you're looking to be satisfied eat a Snickers instead and skip this candy.


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Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 April 1968 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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