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The Manipulator (1971)

African Story (original title)
When his top client, popular singer Rex Maynard, runs away to South Africa with his daughter, powerful producer, Arnold Tiller, stages Maynard's fake kidnapping out of revenge. Maynard escapes only to be pursued by actual kidnappers.

Director:

Marino Girolami (as Fred Wilson)

Writers:

Ralph Anders (novel), Ralph Anders (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Stephen Boyd ... Arnold Tiller
Sylva Koscina ... Barbara Hayland (as Silva Koscina)
Michael Kirner Michael Kirner ... Rex Maynard
Marié du Toit Marié du Toit ... Harriet Tiller (as Marie du Toit)
Cobus Rossouw Cobus Rossouw ... Murray
Susan Kiel Susan Kiel ... Linda Tiller-Maynard
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Zack (as Lee Burton)
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Florio (as Ivan Staccioli)
Sergio Mioni Sergio Mioni ... Buddy
Roberto Chiappa Roberto Chiappa ... Frank
Christopher Galloway Christopher Galloway ... Chris
Lourens Schultz Lourens Schultz ... Murray's Agent (as Lorenz Schultz)
Roger Scheibe Roger Scheibe
Franco Marletta Franco Marletta
Rita Forzano Rita Forzano
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When his top client, popular singer Rex Maynard, runs away to South Africa with his daughter, powerful producer, Arnold Tiller, stages Maynard's fake kidnapping out of revenge. Maynard escapes only to be pursued by actual kidnappers.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

21 October 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dipli apagogi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sirio Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Lonely Memories
Lyrics by Michael Pam
Music by Michael Pam and Charles Segal
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Funny
4 February 2009 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

Everything negative any reviewer said about this film is absolutely true. Still, I think it has great entertainment value. First of all there is the lovely Sylvia Koscina as femme fatale which is really pure Matt Helm/The Mna from Uncle terriroty. Then there are nice car chases, some really funny scenes, Stephen Boyd as scheming mastermind etc. The hero, Rex Maynard, is a slightly overweight young singer eloping with his producer's daughter. Given his physique, the fight scenes in which he knocks out at least three mobsters are a laugh. To be honest, I didn't really get what the story was about due to the fact that it was somewhat convoluted and the quality of the soundtrack was awful. The film is set in Africa, yet there is a surprisingly large number of Italian cars on the streets. And I do wonder why someone would fly Allitalia from LA to South Africa.


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