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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 23 September 1983 (USA)
The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director:

Juan Piquer Simón (as J. P. Simon, J.Piquer Simon)

Writers:

Dick Randall (screenplay), Roberto Loyola (screenplay) (as John Shadow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Lt. Bracken
Lynda Day George ... Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
Frank Braña ... Sgt. Randy Holden (as Franck Brana) (as Frank Brana)
Edmund Purdom ... The Dean
Ian Sera ... Kendall
Paul L. Smith ... Willard (as Paul Smith)
Jack Taylor ... Professor Arthur Brown
Gérard Tichy ... Dr. Jennings (as Gerard Tichy)
May Heatherly ... Mrs. Reston
Hilda Fuchs ... Grace - Dean's Secretary
Roxana Nieto ... Virginia Palmer - Chainsaw Victim
Cristina Cottrelli ... Jenny - Pool Victim (as Cristina Cottrel)
Leticia Marfil ... Suzie - Locker Room Victim
Silvia Gambino Silvia Gambino ... Mary - Elevator Victim
Carmen Aguado ... Carla - Aerobics Instructor
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Storyline

While playing with a puzzle, a teenager is repressed by his mother, and he kills her and severs her body with an ax. Forty years later, in an university campus in Boston, a serial killer kills young women and severs their bodies in parts, stealing body pieces from each student. Lt. Bracken makes a deal with the dean of the campus, and infiltrates the agent Mary Riggs as if she were a tennis teacher and together with the student Kendall, they try to find the identity of the killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Carvalho, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You Don't Have To Go To Texas For A Chainsaw Massacre! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pieces See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$604,510, 25 September 1983

Gross USA:

$2,032,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,032,311
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The entire movie was shot in Madrid, nothing in Boston because there was no budget for second units. Some USA locations were recycled from SUPERSONIC MAN stock footage, another movie that Juan had directed. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Although the prologue is set in 1942, the mother tells the boy to get a plastic trash bag, even though it was invented in 1950. Aside from the American version that has this goof, the Spanish version she just asks for a dustbin. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Timmy Weldon: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men. Couldn't put the pieces together again.
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Alternate Versions

Available in an R-rated version with alternate footage and brief omissions of gore: includes black underwear on the skinny dipping scene, a less gory shot to the Dean's head at the end and the gore omission is in the elevator with a shot of the left arm being sliced off. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: City of the Living Dead (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Deathwatch - Alt. Version 1
(uncredited)
From Un'ombra nell'ombra (1979)
Composed by Stelvio Cipriani
Keyboards by Claudio Simonetti
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Bloody good fun.
24 November 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Juan Piquer Simon's "Pieces" is one of the most hilarious slasher movies ever made.In the early 1940's a little boy is caught by his mother while he is assembling a puzzle with a naked lady on it.The boy gets mad when his mother takes his puzzle,so he kills her with an axe.40 years later somebody butchers random college chicks with a chainsaw."Pieces" is a highly entertaining gore trash filled with enough blood to satisfy horror fans.There is for example a lopped off arm,a severed flying head and a knife through the mouth murder scene.The ending is incredibly surprising and hysterical.There is also a violent kung fu teacher and death by mirror.So if you're a slasher/giallo fan give this one a look-you won't be disappointed.8 out of 10.


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