6.5/10
5,441
108 user 68 critic

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | May 1968 (USA)
International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Angela Giussani (story), Luciana Giussani (story) | 6 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Marta (1971)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A wealthy landowner haunted by the spectre of his dead mother has a fling with a beautiful fugitive who bears a striking resemblance to his missing wife, who may have been murdered.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde
Stars: Marisa Mell, Stephen Boyd, Jesús Puente
Venusberg (1963)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Seven completely different women accept an invitation from Doctor Alphonse to his villa located on a mountain top.

Director: Rolf Thiele
Stars: Marisa Mell, Nicole Badal, Monica Ekman
Alta tensión (1972)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

José, a young mechanic, arrives in Madrid to make it big. After being conned he loses his savings, and is taken in by Elisa, a photographer. She introduces him to Pablo and Laura. Laura ... See full summary »

Director: Julio Buchs
Stars: Marisa Mell, Gabriele Ferzetti, Juan Luis Galiardo
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Reichau, a former army captain, is back in France after serving three years in prison for belonging to the OAS(Secret Armed Organization), a dissident paramilitary group during the Algerian... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer
Stars: Bruno Cremer, Marisa Mell, Jean-Claude Rolland
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A magistrate judge and his young beautiful wife are on holiday at a sea-side resort where mysteriously some of the guests and locals are being brutally murdered in the same fashion as ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Grau
Stars: Fernando Rey, Marisa Mell, Máximo Valverde
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A drab little English seaside town tries to improve its image - and increase its revenues - by holding a film festival. When a famous continental star agrees to attend, things get out of hand.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: James Booth, Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell
Masquerade (1965)
Adventure | Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jack Hawkins, Marisa Mell
Rabid Dogs (1974)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A beautiful young woman sets her sights on an aging millionaire. She seduces him, and moves into his mansion with him. She soon tires of him, though, and after she gets rid of him, she goes after his son

Director: Manuel Mur Oti
Stars: Marisa Mell, Richard Conte, Anthony Steffen
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Hermann Leitner
Stars: Hans Söhnker, Marisa Mell, Heli Finkenzeller
Certificate: GP Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A cleaver-wielding bridal designer murders various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma concerning the death of his mother.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Diabolik
Marisa Mell ... Eva Kant
Michel Piccoli ... Inspector Ginko
Adolfo Celi ... Ralph Valmont
Claudio Gora ... Police Chief
Mario Donen ... Sergeant Danek
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Mr. Hammond - Second Minister of the Interior
Caterina Boratto ... Lady Clark
Lucia Modugno ... Prostitute
Annie Gorassini ... Rose
Carlo Croccolo ... Lorry Driver
Lidia Biondi ... Policewoman (as Lidia Biondi C.S.C.)
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Bank Manager
Federico Boido ... Joe - Valmont's Henchman
Tiberio Mitri Tiberio Mitri ... Valmont's Henchman
Edit

Storyline

In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, beautiful girlfriend...who uses her awesome powers to help Diabolik foil gangsters and steal billions from the government. As the anti-hero of the film, Diabolik must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosi. Written by Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet Diabolik. Slick. Suave. Gentle. Brutal. Wild. Out for all he can take, seduce, or get away with... See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger: Diabolik See more »

Filming Locations:

Capri, Italy See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Among the crew members were future Oscar winners Carlo Rambaldi (who accepted an offer from Dino De Laurentiis to work on the special effects of King Kong (1976) that Mario Bava had turned down) and Ennio Morricone. See more »

Goofs

Obvious male diving stunt double for Eva. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sergeant Danek: All right, how we doing?
Police Officer: The last bag.
[flicks through a small pile of white paper the size of dollar bills]
Police Officer: All plain paper. Hm, very clever! You know, I wonder how security would feel if they knew they were guarding waste paper instead of ten million dollars?
[puts the remaining "bills" into the bag]
Police Officer: Well, seems to be it.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The Region 1/NTSC DVD features English credits and an alternate English dub while many US VHS versions retain the Italian credits and a different English dub than the DVD. Both versions feature the voices of John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell and Terry-Thomas. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Down
(uncredited)
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bad movie?!? Yeah right...More like terrific movie!
9 June 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Unbelievable! The majority of comment-authors here on this site haven't got the slightest clue how far the brilliance of this film reaches...Here you have one of the coolest, most ingenious productions ever, and they're calling it "awful" and an ideal climax for the Mystery Science Theater?!? Aren't there any people left who appreciate sweet pop art? Or a healthy dose of delightful kitsch? Danger: Diabolik is a cult masterpiece and part of the greatest achievements of the brilliant director Mario Bava (or God, like I tend to call him). Bava easily is one of the most diverse directors who ever lived and delivered horror classics, solid thrillers, old-fashioned westerns and ... Danger Diabolik! A film that can't possibly be categorized entirely. Pivot figures are a young, vital couple of criminal masterminds. They steal from innocent people as well as from dangerous maffiosi, while killing innocent bystanders. Our funky couple single-handedly takes away billions that belong to the government, and then cheerfully retire in their underground lair in order to make love on top of a pile of money! It comes this far that the police cooperates with the entire gangster-network in order to finally arrest them...but our hero always is multiple steps ahead of them. Danger Diabolik introduces more kinky gadgets than 20 James Bond films ever could and the amount of creativity in just endless. The used scenery and experimental cinemathograpy mark this film with an undeniable cult-status that even impressed Mike Myers! Just compare this film with the Austin Powers trilogy!! Add to this a dazzling soundtrack and a ravishing siren (Marisa Mell) and you've got yourself an intolerably misunderstood cinema milestone. If you're a tiny bit open-minded and/or a bit less prejudiced on non-American films, you just HAVE TO see Danger: Diabolik.


80 of 109 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 108 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed