Rent The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

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1h 40min
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Synopsis:
The final of Martino's six gialli, 'The Suspicious Death of a Minor' combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing 'poliziotteschi' crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk...
Actors:
, , , , Patrizia Castaldi, Adolfo Caruso, , , , Franco Alpestre, , , , , Carlotta Wittig, , , Dino Emanuelli, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Luciano Martino
Writers:
Ernesto Gastaldi, Sergio Martino
Aka:
Morte sospetta di una minorenne
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Comedy, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Comedy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/09/2017
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • New interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/09/2017
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • New interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino

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Reviews (1) of The Suspicious Death of a Minor

Partially successful ... - The Suspicious Death of a Minor review by NP

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21/06/2018

This Italian giallo film contains a tremendous musical score: that is the first thing I noticed. Luciano Michelini’s funky, jaunty soundtrack permeates throughout, bringing to life scenes of police procedure and making the action sequences even better. There are even moments of comedy in here. Are they successful? Not in the slightest, in my view, although other opinions are equally justified. To me they undermine the atmosphere without adding anything extra that is successful.

Where Sergio Martino’s direction really shines, however, is in the chase and shooting set-pieces, the best being a tremendous shoot-out on a roller-coaster ride. The fusion of calamity and the rattling soundtrack guarantees enjoyment.

A shame that such urgency isn’t injected into more of the 100 minutes, or that some pruning couldn’t have been done. For however energetic certain moments are, the film is a little too long and could have done with perhaps losing 15 minutes.

Is Martino’s mixture of styles a success? Partially, I’d say. But ultimately, I prefer my giallo more consistently dark and without the flights of comedy. It is good, but not great. Whilst it is pleasing to see the director experiment with an established style, his crowning achievement remains 1971’s untouchable ‘Strange Case of Mrs Wardh.’

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