Control (1987 film)

Il giorno prima (internationally released as Control and Mind Control) is a 1987 Italian drama film directed by Giuliano Montaldo and starring Burt Lancaster and Ben Gazzara. The story was written by Piero Angela and the screenplay was by Piero Angela, Jeremy Hole, Giuliano Montaldo and Brian Moore.

Il giorno prima
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Directed byGiuliano Montaldo
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
Screenplay byPiero Angela
Jeremy Hole
Giuliano Montaldo
Brian Moore
Story byPiero Angela
StarringBurt Lancaster
Ben Gazzara
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyArmando Nannuzzi
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Distributed byAlliance Entertainment
Release date
  • February 14, 1987 (1987-02-14) (U.S.)
  • April 3, 1987 (1987-04-03) (Italy)
Running time
107 minutes
United States


This story takes place during an experiment concerning psychological effects of mental fatigue on those locked in a fallout shelter for a long period of time. Twelve subjects are locked in a nuclear fallout shelter to see how long they can endure before mental breakdown occurs. After the experiment Dr. Herbert Monroe (Burt Lancaster) tells the world about this terrifying experiment and its outcome.


Actor Role
Burt Lancaster Dr. Herbert Monroe
Ben Gazzara Mike Zella
Kate Nelligan Sarah Howell
Ingrid Thulin Mrs. Havemeyer
Erland Josephson Swanson
Flavio Bucci Herman Pundt
Herman Pundt Max Bloch
Andréa Ferréol Rosy Bloch
Cyrielle Clair Laura Swanson
William Berger Mr. Peterson
Jean Benguigui Max Bloch
Zeudi Araya Sheba
Andrea Occhipinti Matteo
Alfredo Pea Dr. Paul Benoit



  • The Motion Picture Guide 1988 Annual: The Films of 1987

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