Cat O Nine Tails

Overview

In this flawed mystery-thriller from flamboyant horror director Dario Argento, Karl Malden portrays a blind man who joins forces with a reporter James Franciscus to catch a killer with an extra chromosome. Much of the action occurs at a research hospital, where the killer seeks to conceal the original crime with still more murders. Easily the least interesting of Argento's early thrillers which include the superior L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo and Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio, this film seems almost a ...
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Overview

In this flawed mystery-thriller from flamboyant horror director Dario Argento, Karl Malden portrays a blind man who joins forces with a reporter James Franciscus to catch a killer with an extra chromosome. Much of the action occurs at a research hospital, where the killer seeks to conceal the original crime with still more murders. Easily the least interesting of Argento's early thrillers which include the superior L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo and Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio, this film seems almost a parody of the genre at times, with preposterous coincidences and bogus Freudian analysis substituting for genuine mystery. Those familiar with the director's work may find it difficult to believe that Argento was responsible, but some undeniable stylistic touches -- such as one victim's wallpaper resembling a blood-splattered wall -- reveal that even a genius can make bad films. Ennio Morricone's soundtrack and a cast including Catherine Spaak and Pier Paolo Capponi offer little relief. The American version is missing approximately twenty minutes.
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Special Features

Tales of the Cat - interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, and composer Ennio Morricone ; Theatrical trailers; Tv spots ; Radio spots; Radio interviews with stars James Franciscus and Karl Malden
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • UPC: 827058703499
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 31,907

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vittorio Congia Righetto
Emilio Marchesini Dr. Mombelli
Carlo Alighiero Dr. Calabresi
Pier Paolo Capponi Police Superintendent Spimi
Tino Carraro Prof. Terzi
Cinzia de Carolis Lori
Tom Felleghy Dr. Esson
James Franciscus Carlo Giordani
Horst Frank Dr. Braun
Karl Malden Franco Arno
Corrado Olmi Morsella
Werner Pochath Manuel
Rada Rassimov Bianca Merusi
Aldo Reggiani Dr. Casoni
Catherine Spaak Anna Terzi
Bruno Nicolai Conductor
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Producer
Luigi Collo Original Story
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Carlo Leva Art Director, Costumes/Costume Designer
Erico Menczer Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Roberto Pariante Asst. Director
Dardano Sacchetti Original Story
Luciano Vittori Special Effects
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