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The Fifth Cord
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Directed By
Luigi Bazzoni

Written By:
Luigi Bazzoni, Mario di Nardo, David McDonald Devine, Mario di Nardo, Mario Fanelli

Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edmund Purdom, Rossella Falk, Guido Alberti, Luciano Bartoli, Agostina Belli, Maurizio Bonuglia, Pamela Tiffin, Corrado Gaipa, Andrea Scotti, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Renato Romano, Jean-Pierre Clarain, Irio Fantini

The Fifth Cord (1971)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
June 26th, 2009

Favorite Movie Quote: "You'll Pay for this!"

Technically, this film is superb with brilliant direction by Luigi Bazzoni, music by Ennio Morricone (Bugsy, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America), and superb photography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Reds, The Last Emperor). The only technical flaw was that it was dubbed.

The lights go out and the cat leaves the room; soon we see Sophia Bini (Rossella Falk) crawling across the floor to get to her wheelchair and the phone. Latex-covered hands stop her progress, and the first kill is done. Was it Dr. Richard Bini (Renato Romano)? After all, he was just there, and wouldn't a doctor have latex gloves? We take a break as the hard-drinking, girlfriend beating, journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) plays games with his girlfriend Lu (the lovely Pamela Tiffin).

After the second murder, Bild rises to the top of the suspect list.

Bini must be on the top of Bild's list as he follows him to the countryside, where he and others are watching a live sex show.

Things are getting tenser as a third victim, tied to Bild is discovered.

Bild gets ultra macho as he slaps Lu's brother (Luciano Bartoli) around like a rag doll. But he does say something that gets him on track.

Excellent mystery with very little blood, and scant nudity. Nero is great.

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