The Scorpion with Two Tails
|The Scorpion with Two Tails|
|Directed by||Sergio Martino|
|Produced by||Luciano Martino|
|Music by||Fabio Frizzi|
Joan has nightmares of Etruscan sacrifices. She knows very well the Etruscan language and her husband Arthur is an archeologist studying Etruscan tombs. In a nightmare she foresees her husband's death. And Arthur is then killed in the same way the Etruscans killed their sacrifice victims, convincing her that someone (or something) may be after her.
- Elvire Audray as Joan Barnard
- Paolo Malco as Mike Grant
- Claudio Cassinelli as Paolo Dameli
- Marilù Tolo as Countess Maria Volumna
- John Saxon as Arthur Barnard
- Van Johnson as Mulligan, Joan's father
- Wandisa Guida as Heather Hull
- Gianfranco Barra as Commissioner
- Franco Garofalo as Gianni Andrucci
- Maurizio Mattioli as Masaccio
- Carlo Monni as Senaldi
The Scorpion with Two Tails originally started as an 8-part television series titled Il mistero degli Etruschi or Lo scorpione a due code. Two original scripts are located in the SIAE archives signed by Ernesto Gastaldi and Dardano Sacchetti in 1982. The French film producer Jacques Leitienne is also listed in the credits as a screenwriter, but this was purely for bureaucratic reasons.
Shooting lasted for four months in Volterra, Cerveteri, Formello, New York City and at R.P.A. Elios Studios in Rome. Although originally made for television, the film was shot for 16mm and blown up for theatrical release.
The Scorpion with Two Tails was distributed theatrically in Italy by Medusa on 17 September 1982. It was distributed in France as Crime au cimetiere etrusque on 24 August 1983. In the late 1980s the series was purchased by Reteitalia and made as a two part version for Canale 5. This abridged version was re-edited by Claudio Lattanzi but was never aired on Canale 5.
Sergio Martino later regretted the film saying "it didn't add anything to my career, not even from an economic standpoint."
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