The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)

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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.


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22 May 2020 | claudio_carvalho
| Enjoyable and Attractive
When a plane explodes in the air with no survivors, the unfaithful Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart) is informed that her husband, businessman Baumer, left a one-million-dollar insurance police and she is the beneficiary. She travels from London to Athens to receive the payment in cash and then to travel to Greece to meet her lover. Meanwhile, the insurance company suspects that a bomb might be planted in the plane and assigns their investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton) to investigate the widow in Greece. Soon she is threatened by Baumer's lover Lara Florakis (Janine Reynaud) and her bodyguard Sharif (Luis Barboo), but Peter protects and rescues her from the attackers. When the front desk calls Lisa to take the taxi to the airport, they discover that she was murdered, and the money has vanished. Soon local Police Inspector Stavros (Luigi Pistilli), Interpol Agent John Stanley (Alberto de Mendoza) and the French Investigative Reporter Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg), who is having an affair with Peter, investigate the case where Peter is the prime suspect.

"La coda dello scorpione", a.k.a. "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail", is an enjoyable and attractive Italian Spanish UK thriller (or giallo). The plot follows the usual formula, with a mystery, twists, sexy and beautiful actresses, a handsome male character and many crimes. The locations are wonderful, but there are also silly moments and dialogs. The special effects, specially the gore, are not good but acceptable considering it is a 1971 movie. The conclusion is weak, but the film is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Cauda do Escorpião" ("The Scorpion's Tail")

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