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Double Edged Crime (1965)

Crimen de doble filo (original title)
Andrés, son of a famous pianist, discovers the corpse of a tuner killed in his shop, located in the basement of his house. Then a suspect leaves, but in the fear of possible reprisals he ... See full summary »


José Luis Borau (as Jose Luis Borau)


Juan Miguel Lamet (screenplay), Rodrigo Rivero Balestia (screenplay) (as Rodrigo Rivero) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Susana Campos ... Laura
Carlos Estrada ... Andrés Salas
José María Prada ... Sixto Mendiola (as Jose Mª Prada)
Paul Eslheman Paul Eslheman ... Klauss Hank
Alfonso Rojas Alfonso Rojas ... Antonio - el afinador
José Marco José Marco ... Inspector Vázquez (as Jose Marco)
Emilio Rodríguez Emilio Rodríguez ... Julio Cuétar (as Emilio Rodriguez)
Héctor Quiroga Héctor Quiroga ... Músico de la orquesta (as Hector Quiroga)
Luis Marín ... Inspector (as Luis Marin)
Erasmo Pascual ... Conserje del teatro Eslava
Antonio Alfonso Vidal Antonio Alfonso Vidal ... Inspector Ibáñez (as Antonio A. Vidal)
Manuel Guitián Manuel Guitián ... Juan Sebastián (as Manuel Guitian)
Paul Ellis ... Portero del edificio (as Manuel Granada)
Sergio Mendizábal Sergio Mendizábal ... Don Francisco (as Sergio Mendizabal)
Rafael Hernández ... Inspector de guardia en comisaría (as Esteban R. Hernandez)


Andrés, son of a famous pianist, discovers the corpse of a tuner killed in his shop, located in the basement of his house. Then a suspect leaves, but in the fear of possible reprisals he doesn't tell anything to the police, only to his wife Laura. From that moment on, Andrés feels threatened and persecuted. Written by jsanchez

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Crime | Drama | Thriller




Spain | Argentina



Release Date:

12 August 1965 (Spain) See more »

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Double Edged Crime See more »

Filming Locations:

Teatro Eslava, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Eco Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Among the possessions of Claus that Commissioner Ruiz finds when registering his apartment there is a book about Hitchcock, which is an ironic wink of the scriptwriters since the style of this film is clearly inspired by the suspense of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's movies. See more »


References Morena Clara (1936) See more »


An Die Musik
Composed by Franz Schubert
Sung by Maria Lalanne
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Notable crime thriller filled with plot twists , including an unexpected denouement in its final part
10 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Andrés (Carlos Estrada) is a mediocre musician with a strong complex , that's why his father was a famous pianist . Married to the beautiful Laura (Susana Campos as Femme Fatale) , they have an unhappy marriage . One day , at his living building happens a crime and Andrés meets a corpse (Alfonso Rojas) located in the basement of his house and he tells Police the murder , but he becomes the main suspect . Meanwhile, Andrés feels himself persecuted and two Police Inspectors , Ruiz (Antonio Casas) and Vazquez (José Marco) start investigating , but things go awry and it turns until the unexpected final result . There are a lot of suspicious people , who's the killer ¿

"Double Edged Crime" contains locked-room mysteries , emotional thrills , suspense , twists and turns . It is a psychological drama starred by two fine Argentinean actors , with a criminal sub-plot but failed at box office , though , nowadays , is well considered . In fact , José Luis Borau didn't show interest in it . This is a highly mysterious and cerebral thriller in which a suspect , Carlos Estrada , doubts and leaves , but in the fear of possible reprisals he doesn't tell anything to the police . Being made in the wake of ¨Ojos Dejan Huella¨(1952) by José Luis Saenz De Heredia , ¨Los Peces Rojos¨ (55) by José Antonio Nieves Conde, ¨Muerte De Un Clicista¨(55) by Juán Antonio Bardem and ¨Los Culpables¨ (62) by José Maria Forn . The highlight of the movie results to be the adequate portrayal of a big capital , Madrid , describing as a sad and almost claustrophobic city , usually raining and while protagonists walking depressively through the streets . The picture is heavily influenced by the genius Alfred Hitchcock and especially ¨The wrong man (1956) whose starring is also a musician (Henry Fonda) who carries his sadness across the big town . Nice acting by Carlos Estrada as a pale musician , son of a famous pianist , discovers the corpse of a tuner killed in his shop and from that moment on he feels threatened , as well as Susana Campos as his gorgeous but unfaithful wife . Support cast is pretty well , full of known secondaries from the sixties and seventies as Emilio Rodríguez , Luis Marín , Erasmo Pascual , Alfonso Rojas , Antonio Casas , Bobby Deglane , Manuel De Blas and Juan Luis Galiardo film debut .

Striking cinematography in black and white by Cinematography by Enrique Torán helped by prestigious Luis Cuadrado . This motion picture was professionally directed by Jose Luis Borau ; however with no originality because he takes parts from ¨The wrong man¨ . He managed to make a fluid , agreeable and decent picture . Borau began as a Critic of cinema and to publish articles about cinema in newspapers . He enters the Spanish Official Cinema School where he later become a teacher and after that , he directed documentaries and films . He was President of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ; in addition , member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1991 . His first film was a passable Spaghetti/Paella Western : Brandy¨ with Alex Nicol . Borau was one of the best Spanish filmmakers who alternated flops as ¨Rio Abajo¨, ¨Leo¨ , ¨El Monosabio¨, ¨Tata Mia¨, along with successes such as ¨La Sabina¨ , ¨Mi Querida Señorita¨ , ¨Hay Que Matar a B¨, and his greatest picture , the hit ¨Furtivos¨ .

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