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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail Movie Review Summary

Actors: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Ida Galli, Janine Reynaud, Luigi Pistilli

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THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL (La Coda dello scorpione), a giallo, was directed by Sergio Martino in 1971.

Lisa Baumer learns that her husband Kurt, who has just died in a plane crash, had signed a $1 million life insurance in her favor. Lisa goes to Athens, Greece to cash the insurance but is killed in her hotel room by someone who steals the money. Inspector Stavros, a Greek policeman, John Stanley, an Interpol cop, and Peter Lynch, a private investigator working for the insurance company, try to find out what has happened.

They soon understand that Lisa and Kurt Baumer had organized an insurance fraud and that Kurt could very well be still alive somewhere. The next day, Lara Florakis, Kurt Baumer's mistress, is also savagely knifed and the journalist Cléo Dupont dodges a similar death only thanks to Peter Lynch's miraculous intervention. Who committed these murders ? A sex maniac, someone looking for the insurance money or Kurt Baumer who wants to eliminate embarrassing witnesses ?
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   white collar fraud/theft Criminal enemy is...    -   serial killer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Greece    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   scuba under City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   nasty human transformations

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