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. The screenplay by Dallamano and Ross Mackenzie based on a story by George P. Breakston.
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|Directed by||Massimo Dallamano|
|Story by||George P. Breakston|
|Music by||Riz Ortolani|
|Edited by||Antonio Siciliano|
|Box office||₤353 million|
- Ivan Rassimov as Inspector Cliff Hoyst
- Stephanie Beacham as Joann
- Patricia Hayes as Mamma the Turk
- Ettore Manni as Morrel
- Luciano Catenacci as Gamble
- Verna Harvey as Eva
- Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Marco
- Cec Linder as the American Ambassador
- Leon Vitali as Ian
- Michael Sheard as Williamson
- Tutte Lemkow as Sayd
- James Bate as Cellier
- George Murcell as Robbins
- Morris Perry as Hatcher
- Mario Novelli as Rico
- Camille Keaton as Escort Playing Cards
- Gareth Thomas as Trenchcoated Detective
A British-Italian co-production, Super Bitch was shot in Safa Palatino Studios in Rome and on location in London, Beirut and Baalbek. Sections of the film's score by Riz Ortolani would later be re-used in Red Rings of Fear.
Super Bitch was released in Italy on 3 May 1973 where it was distributed by Medusa. It grossed a total of 353,341,000 lire on its theatrical run in Italy. It was initially released in the United Kingdom under the title Blue Movie Blackmail where it was distributed by Hemdale. The English-language version of the film gave more emphasis to Stephanie Beachams' nude scenes than the thriller plot. In the United States, the film was released under the title Mafia Junction.
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"