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Blazing Magnum
     

Blazing Magnum

Director: Alberto De Martino,

Cast: Alberto De Martino, Stuart Whitman, Carole Laure, Martin Landau

 

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In this violent actioner, a misanthropic Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his little sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for vengeance that he casts protocol to the winds and begins using his own brutal methods to find the killer. Soon he discovers that his "innocent" kid sister was involved in the theft

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In this violent actioner, a misanthropic Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his little sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for vengeance that he casts protocol to the winds and begins using his own brutal methods to find the killer. Soon he discovers that his "innocent" kid sister was involved in the theft of a valuable string of pearls and that she had been hanging around an appalling assortment of creeps and weirdos. The story was originally titled Blazing Magnum. The new title has nothing to do with the film.

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Despite the horror movie-styled title, Strange Shadows in an Empty Room foregoes supernatural shocks in favor of action and whodunit plot twists dealt out in a sub-Dirty Harry vein. The end result has plenty of slick visuals and action but makes little sense: The script is a chaotic jumble of half-baked mystery and Peyton Place-style "shock" revelations and punctuated with frequent punch-ups, car chases, and shootouts. It's never convincing or believable for a second and is further hurt by a lack of sympathetic characters: Tony Saitta is little more than an animal with a badge, frequently botching his investigation due to his overzealous penchant for sadism, and the many suspects are so one-dimensionally amoral and jaded that it is impossible to connect with any of them. Despite these key problems, fans of trashy B-movies might want to check out Strange Shadows in an Empty Room for a few reasons. The first is its cast: Stuart Whitman is amusingly blustery as the tough guy hero, Martin Landau handles the role of his chief suspect with greater dignity than the role deserves, and John Saxon and Gayle Hunnicutt add solid support in minor roles. The other reason is that director Martin Herbert (an anglicized pseudonym for Alberto De Martino) never hesitates to go for the gusto when it comes to action: an extremely well-choreographed car chase adds a few sparks to the film's mid-section and there is also an exceptionally bizarre scene where Whitman engages in fisticuffs with a trio of transvestite kung-fu experts. Despite these flashes of wild style, the film is poorly paced and too uninvolving to be termed a success. As a result, Strange Shadows in an Empty Room can only be recommended to hardcore Eurotrash buffs.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2016
UPC:
0738329176129
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
13,825

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stuart Whitman Tony Saitta
Carole Laure Louise
Martin Landau Dr. George Tracer
Jean Le Clerc Mystery Woman
Tisa Farrow Julie
John Saxon Sgt. Matthews
Gayle Hunnicutt Margie
Anthony Forrest Actor
Peter MacNeill Actor
Dave Nichols Actor
Terrence Ross Actor

Technical Credits
Alberto De Martino Director
Edmondo Amati Producer
Frank Clark Screenwriter
Gianfranco Clerici Screenwriter
Anthony Ford Cinematographer
Louise Jobin Costumes/Costume Designer
Luc Leflaquais Costumes/Costume Designer
Vincent Mann Editor,Screenwriter
Robert Menard Producer
Michel Proulx Art Director
Tom Sutton Stunts
Vincent P. Thomas Editor
Armando Trovajoli Score Composer

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