The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Sergio Martino
Produced by Luciano Martino
Screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Sauro Scavolini
Story by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Starring George Hilton,
Anita Strindberg,
Alberto de Mendoza,
Ida Galli
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Cinematography Emilio Foriscot
Edited by Eugenio Alabiso
Production
company
Copercines, Cooperativa Cinematográfica
Devon Film
Release date
16 August 1971
Running time
93 min.[1]
Country Italy
Spain
Language Italian
Box office 19,571,993 (Spain)

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (Italian: La coda dello scorpione / Tail of the Scorpion)[2] is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Sergio Martino, produced by Luciano Martino and co-written by Ernesto Gastaldi and Eduardo Maria Brochero. It starred George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Ida Galli and Janine Reynaud, and the music soundtrack was by Bruno Nicolai.[3]

Plot[edit]

A widow named Lisa (Ida Galli) inherits a small fortune when her husband dies in a freak jet crash. However, before she can escape to a retreat with her secret lover, the widow is brutally slashed to death and the money stolen. Now an insurance investigator (George Hilton) and his journalist love interest must figure out exactly who is murdering anyone involved with the late widow, and why. A strange gold cufflink holds the key to the mystery.[4]

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMovie called it a "devilishly entertaining giallo thriller".[5]

Adrian Luther Smith wrote "....one of the best of Sergio Martino's impressive batch of thrillers. It has considerable energy, some pleasing exotic locations and is crammed with a great cast of shady characters.....The resulting gory carnage is graphically presented."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 20
  2. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 20
  3. ^ "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 20
  5. ^ Firsching, Robert. "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 20

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