The Salamander

The Salamander

Franco Nero
Director: Peter Zinner Cast: Franco Nero
Franco Nero
, Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
, Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
Peter Zinner


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Dante Matucci (Franco Nero), a counter-intelligence officer, uncovers a fascist plot to overthrow the Italian government, and as he begins to investigate, he has an ally in Bruno Manzini (Anthony Quinn), a man dedicated to hunting down war criminals. Bruno and other operatives, including the beautiful and frosty Lili Anders (Sybil Danning) report to Matucci as he coordinates their work. Most of the drama (not all) takes place off-screen, and Matucci essentially narrates the story -- making this one of the least exciting spy dramas around -- even the affair between Matucci and Anders is several degrees cooler than the norm. The inertia of the film continues through to the end, as the final denouement has all the suspects herded into one room (à la Agatha Christie or Dashiell Hammett) while Matucci and Manzini discuss the case.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
UPC: 4897007036196
Original Release: 1981
Source: Imports
Region Code: 0
Sales rank: 45,788

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Franco Nero Col. Dante Matucci
Anthony Quinn Bruno Manzini
Martin Balsam Navy Capt. Steffanelli
Sybil Danning Lili Anders
Christopher Lee Director Baldassare
Cleavon Little Maj. Carl Malinowsky
Eli Wallach Leporello
Claudia Cardinale Elena
Paul Smith The Surgeon
John Steiner Roditi
Renzo Palmer Girgione
Anita Strindberg Princess
Marino Masé Capt.Rigoli
Jacques Herlin Woodpecker
Gita Lee Actor
Andre Eszterhazy Minister of Defence
John Stacy Concierge
Massimo Ciprari Assassin
Fortunato Arena Major General Pantaleone

Technical Credits
Peter Zinner Director
Giantito Burchiellaro Art Director
Fabrizio Caracciolo Costumes/Costume Designer
Claudio M. Cutry Editor
William R. Forman Executive Producer
Marcello Gatti Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Robert Katz Screenwriter
Paul Maslansky Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Salamander
1. Salamander, The Murderer [16:21]
2. The Investigation [15:34]
3. Stay Alive In Switzerland [20:23]
4. Work Under Cover [13:37]
5. The Compromise [17:48]
6. Disclosure of Coup D,Etat [16:32]

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