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Paranoia (1969)

Orgasmo (original title)
A rich and lonely American widow befriends two young people whose motives become suspect.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Kathryn West
Lou Castel ... Peter Donovan
Colette Descombes ... Eva
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Brian Sanders
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Teresa
Franco Pesce Franco Pesce ... Martino
Tina Lattanzi Tina Lattanzi ... Kathryn's Aunt
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Police Inspector
Sara Simoni Sara Simoni
Gaetano Imbró Gaetano Imbró
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti
Alberto Corchi Alberto Corchi ... (as Alberto Cocchi)
Maria Rosiello Maria Rosiello
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Guilty Joseph Guilty ... Arnold Cleever
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Storyline

Kathryn West, a glamorous American widow, arrives in Italy several weeks after the death of her older, extremely wealthy husband. With the help of Brian, her lawyer, Kathryn moves into a luxurious villa and proceeds to lead a lonely, uneventful existence until one day, a handsome young man named Peter Donovan shows up at the front gate, looking for tools so he can fix his sports car. Kathryn lets him stay the night, and the next thing she knows, she's madly making love to him in the shower. Peter eventually moves in, and is soon joined by a free spirit he introduces as Eva, his sister. Kathryn enjoys their company and partying with them - until she begins to suspect that Peter and Eva aren't what they seem to be. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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PARANOIA sucks you into a whirlpool of erotic love! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 February 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First part of a trilogy also including So Sweet... So Perverse (1969) and A Quiet Place to Kill (1970). See more »

Goofs

The two times Eva plays the Wess & The Airedales "Just Tell Me", they are different records with very different labels. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version titled "Orgasmo" runs 88 minutes; American release is cut to 77 min. and retitled "Paranoia". See more »

Connections

Referenced in La ragazza di Cortina (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Fate Had Planned It So
Written by Lydia MacDonald and Piero Umiliani
Sung by Lydia MacDonald
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Entertaining 60s thriller starring the beautiful Carroll Baker.
1 June 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

This is a real curio. Directed by Umberto Lenzi before he gained notoriety with cannibal movies such as 'Cannibal Ferox', and starring the lovely Carroll Baker ('Andy Warhol's Bad') and Lou Castel (from supertrash classic 'Killer Nun'). Baker plays a recently widowed American expatriate living in Italy who has a fling with young stud Castel. She invites this hipster to move in with her in her luxurious mansion, followed shortly by his free spirit sister. The two corrupt the millionairess with booze, pills and sex, and then things begin to take a sinister and unexpected turn. 'Orgasmo' holds up surprisingly well and keeps your interest until its final shock scene. It may not be perfect but I recommend it to 60s Euro buffs and thriller fans.


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