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Amuck (1972)

Alla ricerca del piacere (original title)
R | | Mystery, Thriller | June 1978 (USA)
A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.

Director:

Silvio Amadio

Writer:

Silvio Amadio
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Cast

Cast overview:
Farley Granger ... Richard Stuart
Barbara Bouchet ... Greta Franklin
Rosalba Neri ... Eleanora Stuart
Nino Segurini Nino Segurini ... Il commissario Antonelli
Dino Mele ... Sandro
Umberto Raho ... Giovanni - the butler
Patrizia Viotti Patrizia Viotti ... Sally Reece
Petar Martinovitch Petar Martinovitch ... Rocco
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Storyline

Greta Franklin, a beautiful American blonde, arrives on an island near Venice and rings the door-bell of Richard Stuart, a famous novelist who lives in a beautiful house with his wife Elonora. She manages to be hired as Richard's new secretary, the former one having disappeared without a trace. What Richard and Eleonora do not know - yet- is that Greta has a secret motive for taking the job: not only did she know Sally, her predecessor, but she was her lover... Written by Guy Bellinger

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He kidnapped beautiful women, forcing them to do what he wanted...AND HE WANTED EVERYTHING! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Search of Pleasure See more »

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Production Co:

West Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD) (2015)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technochrome)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Greta is investigating in the cellar, a print of Dorthea Lange's 'Migrant Mother' can be seen. See more »

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Amuck (1972) has also been released in a shortened, 78 minutes version under the title Leather and Whips (1972). See more »

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Sexy Italian mystery thriller
4 June 2018 | by Stevieboy666See all my reviews

The stunningly beautiful Barbara Bouchet plays Greta, who gets a job working as a secretary at the large house of writer Farley Granger with the motive of solving the disappearance of her friend/lover Sally, who had previously been employed there. In my opinion this is borderline horror/giallo. There is no gloved maniac killing people off and the few deaths, when they do happen, aren't especially gruesome. In terms of horror we get a couple of raging thunderstorms, a very good night time disposal of a corpse and a rather bizarre incident of psychic powers. But that's about it. However, what this movie does have is lots of female nudity, including a couple of lesbian sex scenes. Like many Italian movies of this time it is beautifully filmed, the reflections of Venice in the water being particularly stunning. There's a fair amount of suspense, especially when Greta explores the house. Plus it has a great 70's euro groovy, jazzy, psychedelic score. This one won't tax the brain and like I said, may disappoint some giallo or horror fans, but it's visually it is highly enjoyable. No masterpiece but well worth seeing.


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