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Super Bitch (Italian: Si può essere più bastardi dell'ispettore Cliff?, lit. 'Can anyone be more of a bastard than Inspector Cliff?') is a 1973 poliziottesco film directed by Massimo Dallamano and starring Ivan Rassimov, Stephanie Beacham, Patricia Hayes, and Ettore Manni.[1] The screenplay by Dallamano and Ross Mackenzie based on a story by George P. Breakston.

Super Bitch
Super-bitch-poster.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed byMassimo Dallamano
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Massimo Dallamano
  • Ross Mackenzie[1]
Story byGeorge P. Breakston[1]
Starring
Music byRiz Ortolani
CinematographyJack Hildyard[1]
Edited byAntonio Siciliano[1]
Production
companies
  • Clodio Cinematografica
  • Italian International Film
  • Monymusk Productions Ltd.[1]
Distributed by
  • Medusa (Italy)
  • Hemdale (UK)
  • Rumson Film Distributors (US)
Release date
  • 3 May 1973 (1973-05-03) (Italy)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom[1]
LanguageEnglish
Box office₤353 million

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

A British-Italian co-production, Super Bitch was shot in Safa Palatino Studios in Rome and on location in London, Beirut and Baalbek.[1] Sections of the film's score by Riz Ortolani would later be re-used in Red Rings of Fear.[1][2]

ReleaseEdit

Super Bitch was released in Italy on 3 May 1973 where it was distributed by Medusa.[1] It grossed a total of 353,341,000 lire on its theatrical run in Italy.[1] It was initially released in the United Kingdom under the title Blue Movie Blackmail where it was distributed by Hemdale.[1][3] The English-language version of the film gave more emphasis to Stephanie Beachams' nude scenes than the thriller plot.[1] In the United States, the film was released under the title Mafia Junction.

ReceptionEdit

In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as "a competently, impersonally handled thriller fantasy" and "mere competence can do little to unify this kind of mongrel co-production, or to pump much life into its derivative synthetics"[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Curti 2013, p. 101.
  2. ^ Curti 2013, p. 102.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Gareth (1973). "Blue Movie Blackmail "(Servizio di Scorta)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. London. 40 (468): 231–232. ISSN 0027-0407.

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