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Nothing Underneath (1985)

Sotto il vestito niente (original title)
A serial killer roams the city of Milan, Italy, using scissors to assassinate and kill top-models. A park ranger from USA arrives in the city to protect his sister, but realizes that she ... See full summary »


Carlo Vanzina


Marco Parma (novel), Enrico Vanzina (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Tom Schanley ... Bob Crane
Renée Simonsen ... Barbara
Nicola Perring Nicola Perring ... Jessica Crane
Maria McDonald Maria McDonald ... Margaux Wilson (as Maria Mc Donald)
Catherine Noyes Catherine Noyes ... Carrie Blynn
Paolo Tomei Paolo Tomei
Sonia Raule Sonia Raule ... Cristina Landolfi
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ... Danesi's assistant
Donald Pleasence ... Commissioner Danesi
Anna Galiena ... Model agency boss
Big Laura Big Laura
Bruce McGuire ... Interpol agent (as Bruce Mc Guire)
Mimmo Sepe Mimmo Sepe ... Hotel porter


A serial killer roams the city of Milan, Italy, using scissors to assassinate and kill top-models. A park ranger from USA arrives in the city to protect his sister, but realizes that she has vanished. He starts searching for her, meeting with a lot of people and getting to know the (sometimes dangerous) world of international jet-set. But soon the killer will search for him too...

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Chasing fame is murder.


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Release Date:

7 November 1985 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Nothing Underneath See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Faso Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Scissors, drills and fashion models!
20 July 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I went into this film with my expectations set to 'low' as most of the best Giallo's were made during the seventies, and the majority of reviews that I've read on this film haven't exactly been full of praise; but to my delight, Nothing Underneath is actually a surprisingly good thriller! The plot, direction and acting are all rather mundane; but the film is elevated by a number of good twists, and a great sense of style emanating from both the modelling theme and the good ideas that have gone into putting the plot together. The film, naturally, focuses on murder; and we've got familiar Giallo elements such as a killer wielding a certain implement (in this case, scissors) and a plot deep enough for it to never completely make sense. The film's story centres on Bob Crane; a young man that experiences a vision of his twin sister's murder. His sister is a model in Milan, and after the premonition; he travels to Italy where he contacts Commissioner Danesi, who naturally doesn't believe him; until another dead model turns up, and then he has a case...

This film has a lot of ideas entwined within the plot, but not all of them are original. The fact that it's the Commissioner's last case is far too clichéd, while the idea of fashion models being brutalised is a common Giallo theme. However, the idea of a 'psychic link' between twins hasn't been seen in Giallo often, and even though it's not very well explored; it does provide an interesting basis for the story. One thing that is important to many Giallo fans (yours truly included) is stylish and bloody murders, and unfortunately this film doesn't have a great deal of them. Scissors are a prime weapon for a nasty murder; but not much blood is shown, and there is only one real nasty scene in the movie; which involves a young woman being stabbed in the back. The cast only contains one real name, belonging to Donald Pleasance. Pleasance is OK in his role, but he fails miserably at trying to be Italian. It all boils down to a well done exciting climax that sees the culprit revealed, along with a huge drill! Overall, Nothing Underneath is not exactly a prime slice of Giallo, and I am perhaps overrating it a little; but it's a well done film with a lot of plus points, and I'd recommend it to Giallo fans.

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