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Summertime Killer (1972)

Un verano para matar (original title)
A six-year-old boy witnesses mobsters beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the now-grown boy begins to track down and eliminate the men who did it, determined to wipe out the ... See full summary »

Director:

Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (as Antonio Isasi)

Writers:

Reid Buckley (screenplay) (as R. Buckley), Lluís Josep Comerón (screenplay) (as L. Comeron) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Malden ... Captain John Kiley
Olivia Hussey ... Tania Scarlotti
Christopher Mitchum ... Ray Castor
Raf Vallone ... Lazaro Alfredi
Claudine Auger ... Michèle
Gérard Barray ... Tania's Teacher
Gérard Tichy ... Alex
Ricardo Valle Ricardo Valle
Gustavo Re ... Guido
José Nieto ... Mason (as Jose Nieto)
Lorenzo Larios Lorenzo Larios
Miguel de la Riva Miguel de la Riva
Umberto Raho ... Louie
Lluís Torner Lluís Torner ... Veterinarian (as Luis Torner)
Marcos Miravitlles Marcos Miravitlles
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Storyline

A six-year-old boy witnesses mobsters beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the now-grown boy begins to track down and eliminate the men who did it, determined to wipe out the entire gang. A police detective investigating the killings, and the Mafia boss who heads the gang, are just as determined to stop him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He can kill you standing still. Or at 200 M.P.H. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy | Portugal | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 July 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Summertime Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Kiley finds a letter at Ray's apartment, we can read: "Hotel Las Anclas, Guadalajara, España". Guadalajara is not a town, it is a county. See more »

Quotes

Guido: Well, what do you want from an old friend?
Captain John Kiley: I want you to help me play a hunch.
Guido: Alfredi.
Captain John Kiley: [pauses] I think you know where he is.
Guido: What's the matter with you? Three years ago, you would...
Captain John Kiley: Please, please tell me.
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish version of the movie run 20 minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Written by Luis Bacalov and Melson
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SpanishThriller/Vengeance with international cast about a young pursuing his father's killers
15 June 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This vendetta story contains suspense , noisy action-packed , gun-play , motorbike racing and lots of violence . Acceptable Actioner deals about a six-year-old boy witnesses gangsters beating and drowning his daddy to death . Twenty years later , we follow the now-grown young called Ray Castor (Chris Mitchum) begins to chase and eliminate the mobsters who did it , determined to wipe out the entire band of hoods . As he systematically pursues and kills these gangs of hoodlums in N.Y. , Rome, and Lisboa . A police inspector named John Kiley (Karl Malden) investigating the murders , and a Mafia chief hires him to privately track down the murderer . A boss named Lazaro Alfredi (Raf Vallone) who heads the band , are just as determined to stop him . Meanwhile , Ray kidnaps his daughter Tania (Olivia Hussey) and things don't always go the way you expect .

Stirring film in which there are nail-biting action scenes , drama , intrigue , explosion , suspenseful set pieces and big stars , if not much continuity . Chris Mitchum with his usual stoic acting -similarly his father Robert- , displays amount of weapons arsenal and fists killing nasties . Agreeable all action seventies Euro-nostalgia trip , being fast paced and rightly developed . An action filled European vengeance flick in which the avenger protagonist falls in love for his hostage and there are some thrilling motorcycle pursuits along the way before the final takes a slight twist . Successful crime thriller that follows the Vigilante genre in Charles Bronson/Death Wish style . It's certainly thrilling and exciting , though the morality may be questionable , even in this time, as the spectators were clearly on the Chris Mitchum's side . Mid-seventies Lisboa-Madrid come across as very European locations and serve as an excellent backdrop for most of the action . The plot was a satisfying mix of set pieces and unexpected plot twists . A fun and romantic snapshot in time and place in which a kidnapper falls in love with his victim . Varied cast formed by great stars such as Karl Malden , Olivia Hussey , Raf Vallone , Claudine Auger as well as Spanish secondaries such as Jose Nieto , Gustavo Re , Gerard Tichy , Ricardo Valle , among others . Even by today's standards, it would be good, provided someone cared to restore it's brightly colour , perfect editing, and natural sound . Atmospheric musical score by Sergio Barditti , even referenced in ¨Kill Bill. Volume 2 (2004)¨ , as score song "Summertime Killer" is taken from this film, heard when The Bride first enters Bill's hacienda. .

The director was defending his name and career , but also his money in more ways than one , as he was one of the producers investing in the project . Antonio Isasi Isasmendi is a good professional , a craftsman who has directed several films in diverse genres , as adventures and action ,especially , such as The dog 1979 , 1968 Las Vegas, 500 millions , 1965 Estambul 65 and 1963 The mask of Scaramouche ."Summertime Killer" results to be a surprisingly solid little film , including some action scenes very skillfully staged Good revenge thriller is worth trying . This is a movie thats both entertaining and enlightening . Certainly worth watching if you're in the mood for something other than typical exploitation fare.


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