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The Fifth Cord (1971)

Giornata nera per l'ariete (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | January 1975 (USA)
A journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer who's been targeting people around him, while the police are considering him a suspect in their investigation.

Director:

Luigi Bazzoni

Writers:

David McDonald Devine (based on the novel by) (as D.M. Devine), Mario di Nardo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ... Helene Volta
Wolfgang Preiss ... Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Isabel Lancia (as Ira Fürstenberg)
Edmund Purdom ... Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ... Sofia Bini
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Dr. Riccardo Bini
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... G. Traversi
Luciano Bartoli ... Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
Agostina Belli ... Giulia Soavi
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Editor
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Vogel
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Man (as Guerra L. Antonio)
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini ... Man
Maurizio Bonuglia ... John Lubbock
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After a high-class party in Rome, there's an assault. The victim is injured but lives. Andrea, an investigative reporter who drinks too much, is assigned the story. Then, always on Tuesdays, there are a series of murders. At each crime scene, a glove is left with a finger cut off for each victim. After four murders, Andrea thinks he's making progress, but by this time he may himself be a suspect, and someone he loves is in danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Fingers See more »

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Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Andrea Bild: I may have become a piece of shit but you are what you are when you started, a bastard who sold his soul.
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Although intact on the cinema a 2 sec cut was made to the UK Redemption video release to edit a throat-cutting. See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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A Rock-Solid Giallo That Is A True Feast For The Eyes
19 March 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

"The Fifth Cord" (1971) is a rock-solid if meaninglessly titled giallo ("The Fifth Finger" might have made more sense) that, despite the low-cc count bloodwise, should manage to satisfy most viewers. In it, Franco Nero plays a very handsome but hard-drinking reporter (so hard-drinking that he swills J&B from the bottle while driving!) who investigates after a serial killer begins to slay his quickly diminishing circle of friends. Though fans of these gialli should recognize any number of Euro stars in this film, the real stars of the show, in this case, are surely behind the camera. Luigi Bazzoni's direction is stylish and fluid as can be, maestro Ennio Morricone's score is by turns atmospheric and unsettling, and, most importantly, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's lensing here is truly a work of art. Indeed, this is one of the best-looking gialli that I have ever seen. As far as the plot goes, yes, it does hold together, the murderer does not appear out of far left field at the end, and there are several quite suspenseful sequences. I especially appreciated two near the end, with the killer stalking a young boy, and with Nero chasing and duking it out with the crazed wacko in a deserted building. Despite the presence of seemingly unavoidable red herrings, I was able to look back at this film's story afterward and realize that it did indeed cohere logically. And how nice to see American actress Pamela Tiffin, after her '60s ingenue roles, playing such a sultry sexpot here. Meow! Actually, the only thing that bothered me about "The Fifth Cord" was its time frame. The picture seems to transpire over the course of a mere week or two, and yet by the stated dates of the homicides at the film's end, one realizes that over 4 1/2 months have elapsed! I guess time truly does fly when the viewer is having fun....


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