The Suspicious Death of a Minor

The Suspicious Death of a Minor (Italian: Morte sospetta di una minorenne), aka Too Young to Die,[2] is an 1975 Italian giallo film directed by Sergio Martino.[3][4][5]

The Suspicious Death of a Minor
Directed bySergio Martino
Screenplay by
Story byErnesto Gastaldi[1]
Produced byLuciano Martino[1]
CinematographyGiancarlo Ferrando[1]
Edited byRaimondo Crociani[1]
Music byLuciano Michelini[1]
Dania Film[1]
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 12 August 1975 (1975-08-12) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Box office507.396 million

Plot summaryEdit

Police detective Paolo Germi (Claudio Cassinelli) and the mysterious Marisa meet each other at a dance hall. Germi is unaware of the secret Marisa carries with her: adverse conditions in her life have forced her into prostitution. As Germi finds the young girl brutally murdered, he decides to go after her killers. During his investigation, he enters a world of intrigue and obfuscation that leave an endless trail of blood.



The Suspicious Death of a Minor was developed under the title Milano Violenta (transl. Violent Milan), a title later used for Mario Caiano's film Bloody Payroll.[6] The film was a hybrid of a crime film and a giallo.[6] The screenwriter, Ernesto Gastaldi, later spoke about the film stating "In my opinion, it's a minor film [...] the usually very good Martino didn't manage to give the film a decisive shot-in-the-arm."[6]


The Suspicious Death of a Minor was distributed theatrically by Titanus in Italy on 12 August 1975.[1] The film grossed a total of 507,396,250 Italian lire on its domestic release.[1] The film is also known as Too Young to Die.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Curti 2013, p. 151.
  2. ^ "Too Young to die (2002)".
  3. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  4. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  5. ^ Giancarlo Grossini (1985). Dizionario del cinema giallo. Dedalo, 1985. ISBN 8822045106.
  6. ^ a b c Curti 2013, p. 152.
  7. ^ "Too Young to die (2002)".


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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