6.4/10
6,493
85 user 114 critic

Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

Thriller - en grym film (original title)
A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director:

Bo Arne Vibenius (as Alex Fridolinski)

Writers:

Bo Arne Vibenius (screenplay) (as Bo A Vibenius), Bo Arne Vibenius (an original story) (as Alex Fridolinski)
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Lindberg ... Frigga
Heinz Hopf ... Tony / Pimp
Despina Tomazani Despina Tomazani ... Lesbian sex buyer
Per-Axel Arosenius Per-Axel Arosenius ... Frigga's Father (as Per Axel Arosenius)
Solveig Andersson ... Sally / Prostitute
Björn Kristiansson Björn Kristiansson
Gunnel Wadner ... Frigga's Mother
Marie-Louise Mannervall Marie-Louise Mannervall ... Woman in village
Hildur Lindberg Hildur Lindberg ... Woman in village
Olle Nordlander Olle Nordlander
Gunnar Palm Gunnar Palm
Stig Lokrantz Stig Lokrantz
Pamela Pethö-Galantai Pamela Pethö-Galantai ... Young Frigga
Lennart Robertsson Lennart Robertsson
Hans-Eric Stenborg Hans-Eric Stenborg ... Sex Buyer
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Young Lena is trapped in a complex situation of sex and lies.

Director: Gustav Wiklund
Stars: Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Björn Adelly
Sängkamrater (1974)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A philandering cab driver decides to help his girlfriend's attractive sister, who is in trouble with drug dealers.

Director: Gustav Wiklund
Stars: Kent-Arne Dahlgren, Solveig Andersson, Gunilla Larsson
Yusra (1971)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On his birthday, Sadri walked out on his mistress Lisa, and the party planned in his honor. While walking along the beaches of Carthage in the dead of night, he sees a young woman rise up out of the waves. She told him her name was Yusra.

Director: Rachid Ferchiou
Stars: Ewa Swann, Richard Leduc, M'Rad Bey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Anita is a girl of only teenage years, and while she has developed early physically, to a mature woman, she is emotionally struggling. Her relationship with her parents and her friends is ... See full summary »

Director: Torgny Wickman
Stars: Christina Lindberg, Stellan Skarsgård, Danièle Vlaminck
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Schoolgirl Inga goes to visit her sister in Stockholm and is shocked to find her living with her boyfriend, Casten. She succumbs to Casten's charms, and after having broken up her sister's love affair, returns home to her parents.

Director: Dan Wolman
Stars: Christina Lindberg, Monica Ekman, Krister Ekman
Ms .45 (1981)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Zoë Lund, Bogey, Albert Sinkys
Sex & Fury (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the Meiji era, a gambler called Ocho takes revenge on three gangsters who killed her father, shelters a wanted anarchist and confronts a British spy.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Stars: Reiko Ike, Akemi Negishi, Ryôko Ema
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gunilla and her friend Nora move in together.They are planning a threesome with Nora's boyfriend. Downstairs lives Britt.She is renovating antique toys.

Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Stars: Christina Lindberg, Eva Portnoff, Margareta Hellström
Smoke (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of Americans who live together in an old mansion somewhere in Sweden spend their time between working at the local airplane plant and hanging out with their revolutionary friends. ... See full summary »

Director: Torbjörn Axelman
Stars: Christina Lindberg, Axelle Axell, Ulf Brunnberg
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Linda gets raped by a man in a hockey mask. She finds that a few other women have had the same treatment. Together they form a squad that starts looking for the man and also changes the mind of would-be rapists.

Director: Bob Kelljan
Stars: Jo Ann Harris, Peter Brown, Jennifer Lee Pryor
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Marie accidentally breaks a vase. Because of this she runs away from home. On the run she meets a boy called Fredrik, a donkey and a kangaroo.

Director: Bo Arne Vibenius
Stars: Fredrik Becklén, Madeleine Onne, Sune Mangs
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Young women come to Munich for fun and work during the '72 Olympics and invariably wind up naked.

Director: Walter Boos
Stars: Karin Götz, Ulrike Butz, Dorit Henke

Photos

Edit

Storyline

Rendered mute after a horrific assault in the park by a sadistic old paedophile, young Madeleine tries to escape the traumatic experience living in silence in her parents' farmhouse. However, things will take a turn for the worse, when an innocent offer for a lift by a handsome stranger in a flashy sports-car leads to a nightmarish life of prostitution, abuse, and drug addiction. But when Madeleine finds out her evil pimp's cruel scheme, an irrevocable course of sweet retribution and a deadly sawed-off double-barrelled shotgun will inevitably set the stage for a bloody roaring rampage of revenge. And then, no one will ever dare to harm her again. Never again. Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

First picture banned in Sweden in 14 years See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Swedish censorship banned the film in April 4, 1973. Despite the tag line, this is not the first Swedish film to be banned in Sweden, that was The Gardener (1912). See more »

Goofs

When the police car runs over a piece of grass between two roads, you can clearly see tire tracks from earlier takes. See more »

Quotes

Tony: I like women who don't talk too much... but you set a new record!
See more »

Alternate Versions

US version was heavily edited (ca. 20 min.) for a R rating. DVD release by Synapse is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La nuit des horloges (2007) See more »

User Reviews

 
Very Good Rape/Revenge Film
15 September 2005 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

THRILLER is a very well done rape/revenge film in the same vein as LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT or I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. The storyline is different but the results are the same...

Girl is raped as a child which causes her to be mute. She is picked up by a slick-talking guy and taken out for dinner and drinks. Back at his house, he drugs her and shoots her up with heroin for several days, so by the time he allows her to wake up out of her heroin-stupor, she is an addict. At that point she is turned-out as a prostitute and given some cash and drugs as "payment". She is given some free time to herself, where she uses the money earned to take karate,shooting, and driving classes. Needless to say, when she becomes proficient enough in these disciplines, she uses her newly honed skills to go after those that did her wrong...

Christina Lindberg is excellent as the beautiful and seemingly innocent looking mute girl. She is a real pleasure to look at, and the fact that she's naked through a good portion of the film doesn't hurt either. There is some "controversy" surrounding this film due to a couple of hardcore sex scenes (obviously not Ms. Lindberg, unfortunately...) that appear to be cut from a bad European porno. The scenes are not necessary for the film but were obviously added to heighten the shock value of the film overall. Other than those few scenes, and the famous scalpel-in-the-eye scene, the violence in THRILLER is relatively tame by exploitation/horror standards. Overall a really good film, if you are into the rape/revenge genre - I think it's always cool to see a strong, sexy, female lead who kicks ass, one of the reasons that I gravitate toward this type of film. The eyeball and sex scenes may be a little much for the casual movie-goer, more "extreme" fans should like this one. Recommended...8.5 out of 10

NOTE: Synapse films now has a "Vengeance" addition in a yellow box (original cover is red) that is the same film minus the XXX scenes.


28 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 85 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

5 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Call Her One Eye See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (R-rated) | (R-rated cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed