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Phantom of Death (Italian: Un delitto poco comune/ An Uncommon Crime) is an Italian giallo directed by Ruggero Deodato and released in 1988. It starred Michael York, Donald Pleasence and Edwige Fenech. The film was released in Germany as Off Balance.
|Phantom of Death|
|Directed by||Ruggero Deodato|
|Produced by||Piettro Innocenzi|
|Cinematography||Giorgio Di Battista|
|Edited by||Daniele Alabiso|
|Music by||Pino Donaggio|
Robert Dominici is a pianist who suffers from a genetic condition that causes him to physically age at a rapid pace and also to go mad. Distraught by his condition, Dominici goes on a killing spree. Inspector Datti sets off to catch him. Meanwhile, Dominici targets the Inspector's daughter, Gloria.
- Michael York as Robert Dominici
- Donald Pleasence as Inspector Datti
- Edwige Fenech as Helene Martell
- Mapi Galan as Susanna
- Fabio Sortar as Davide
- Renato Cortesi as Agent Marchi
- Antonella Ponziani as Gloria Datti
- Carola Stagnaro as Dr. Carla Pesenti
- Daniele Brado as Dr. Vanni
- Caterina Boratto as Robert's mother
On the film as a whole, he commented that "some parts look like an 'A' production. But it seemed too long in the final part." He added that Edwige Fenech was miscast, and was only included because the producer wanted her in the film.
From contemporary reviews, "Lor." of Variety commented that the film had "little suspense". The review noted that York had "solid thesping which engenders some pathos for the central figure" and added that Pino Donaggio's score was "lush".
- Lor. 1991.
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