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Delirio caldo (1972)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller, War | 5 July 1972 (Italy)
A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.

Director:

Renato Polselli (as Ralph Brown)

Writer:

Renato Polselli
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mickey Hargitay ... Dr. Herbert Lyutak
Rita Calderoni Rita Calderoni ... Marcia Lyutak
Raul Lovecchio Raul Lovecchio ... Inspector Edwards (as Raoul)
Carmen Young Carmen Young ... Bonita (US version only)
Christa Barrymore Christa Barrymore ... Joaquine
Tano Cimarosa ... John Lacey 'Crocchetta'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcello Bonini Olas Marcello Bonini Olas ... Barman
Katia Cardinali Katia Cardinali ... Miss Heindrich
William Darni William Darni ... Willy
Max Dorian Max Dorian ... Richard
Stefania Fassio Stefania Fassio ... First victim (as Steffy Steffen)
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano ... Journalist
Cristina Perrier Cristina Perrier ... Laurel
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Storyline

A crazed and sadistic sex maniac is on the loose, despite the esteemed criminal psychologist and police consultant Dr Herbert Lyutak's vain efforts to track him down. This extremely stressful situation is beginning to take its toll on the good doctor's marriage with the beautiful Marzia Lyutak, who is worried sick, seemingly unable to care for his needs. Is Herbert holding in terrible and corrosive emotions? Who can put an end to the unstoppable serial killer's horrific murder spree? Written by Nick Riganas

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Mickey Hargitay, as the sex maniac doctor, makes Bluebeard look like Mary Poppins! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 July 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death at the Villa See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited American) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Herbert Lyutak: Enough, Herbert! You are a hyena, hyena!
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Alternate Versions

The American Blue Underground DVD offers two distinctly different versions of the film. The full-length Italian version runs 102 minutes. The shorter American version runs 85 minutes. It begins and ends with scenes set in Vietnam with Mickey Hargitay as a wounded soldier and Rita Calderoni as a helicopter nurse. This version also features an extra killing and a different denouement. See more »

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Featured in The Theorem of Delirium (2002) See more »

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Warm delirium
25 May 2002 | by WheatpennySee all my reviews

The English-language print of this movie is incoherent. It adds stupid Vietnam footage throughout and cuts out all references to the fact that it takes place in England, as well as all the sexual violence, the lesbian relationship between the killer's wife and her maid, and the killer's "masturbation" scene. In the European version there are three killers but here there are only two, and the ending is completely different. The American version adds two murders that were left on the cutting room floor of the European version, but they're unimportant to the story. The final third of this movie has sequences that are basically incomprehensible and the film ends with a tacked-on series of stills from different sex scenes from the film! This may have satisfied the grind house audience of the Seventies but nearly thirty years later it just seems tame and silly. Anchor Bay needs to find the full version of this one and get it out on dvd. As it stands now it's a disappointment.


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