The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) Full Movie

The Cat o' Nine Tails
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The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) : A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research. The two end up becoming targets of the killer.

Title The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
Release Date Feb 12, 1971
Genres , ,
Production Company Labrador Films, Seda Spettacoli, Terra-Filmkunst
Production Countries Germany, France, Italy
Casts James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi, Horst Frank, Rada Rassimov, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo Alighiero, Vittorio Congia, Ugo Fangareggi, Tom Felleghy
Plot Keywords adoption, psychopath, stalker, murder, laboratory, homicidal, serial killer, slasher, whodunit, maniac, psychiatrist, policeman, mental illness, psycho killer, child kidnapping, multiple murder, voyeurism, madman, blind man
Carlo Giordani
Carlo Giordani
James Franciscus
Franco Arnò
Franco Arnò
Karl Malden
Anna Terzi
Anna Terzi
Catherine Spaak
Police Supt. Spini
Police Supt. Spini
Pier Paolo Capponi
Dr. Braun
Dr. Braun
Horst Frank
Bianca Merusi
Bianca Merusi
Rada Rassimov
Dr. Casoni
Dr. Casoni
Aldo Reggiani
Dr. Calabresi
Dr. Calabresi
Carlo Alighiero
Righetto (cameraman)
Righetto (cameraman)
Vittorio Congia
Gigi the Loser
Gigi the Loser
Ugo Fangareggi
Dr. Esson
Dr. Esson
Tom Felleghy
Dr. Mombelli
Dr. Mombelli
Emilio Marchesini
Spimi's man
Spimi's man
Fulvio Mingozzi
Morsella
Morsella
Corrado Olmi
Barber
Barber
Pino Patti
Manuel's ex-lover
Manuel's ex-lover
Umberto Raho
Prof. Manera
Prof. Manera
Jacques Stany
Taxi driver
Taxi driver
Stefano Oppedisano
Telephone operator
Telephone operator
Ada Pometti
Walter Pinelli
Sascha Helwin
Film starlet
Film starlet
Marie Louise Sinclair
Martial Boschero
Lori
Lori
Cinzia De Carolis
Manuel
Manuel
Werner Pochath
Prof. Fulvio Terzi
Prof. Fulvio Terzi
Tino Carraro
Billiard Player (uncredited)
Billiard Player (uncredited)
Ettore Arena
Smoker in the Billiard Hall (uncredited)
Smoker in the Billiard Hall (uncredited)
Aristide Caporale
Chief of Police Salmi (uncredited)
Chief of Police Salmi (uncredited)
Giovanni Di Benedetto
Lori's Babysitter (uncredited)
Lori's Babysitter (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz
Man at Table in the Saint Peter's Club (uncredited)
Man at Table in the Saint Peter's Club (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco
Man in the Terzi's Institute (uncredited)
Man in the Terzi's Institute (uncredited)
Gennarino Pappagalli
(uncredited)
(uncredited)
Aldo Parenti
Policeman - Speaks with Morsella About Food (uncredited)
Policeman - Speaks with Morsella About Food (uncredited)
Franco Ukmar

Reviews

  • John Chard

    Sixth Sense and Nine Avenues. Il gatto a nove code (The Cat O’ Nine Tails) is written and directed by Dario Argento. It stars Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo Alighiero and Rada Rassimov. Music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Erico Menczer. Blind puzzle solver Franco Arno (Malden) and newspaper man Carlo Giordani (Franciscus) team up to see if they can solve the mystery of the murders that are terrifying the city. With their own lives becoming increasingly in danger, and the lines of investigation splintered all over the place, the men are drawn to the mysterious Terzi Institute where geneticists are tampering with gene patterns… Argento doesn’t like it and the fans are very much divided about the worth of it on the Argento curriculum vitae, yet The Cat O’ Nine Tails is a delightfully entertaining oddity. The plot is labyrinthine with relish on top, spinning the viewers into the same convoluted investigative maze that Messrs Arno and Giordani find themselves in. In fact, it’s near genius that it rarely makes sense under inspection, yet still there’s a fascinating edge to the story, with its characterisations, sexual kinks and cruel murders, there’s a power to the piece that rewards if you can just run with it, buy into Argento’s Giallo singed world. With Malden turning in a great performance and Franciscus performing to a level nobody thought was in him, the lead characters really come to life. Add to that Morricone’s creepy jazzy-garde fuelled score underlining the skew-whiff nature of the beast, and Menczer’s photography tonally muted, tech credits are at one with the themes ticking away in the narrative, a narrative that has observation, ironically, on vision, sight and minds eye. While there’s a couple of rug-pulls jostling for our attention just to keep things twisty. Then there is the director himself. The Cat O’ Nine Tails finds him restrained compared to the excess of style over substance films that would dominate his oeuvre post release of The Cat. That’s not to say there isn’t style here, there’s plenty as Argento dallies in POV, iris vision, and a nifty trick that gives the blind Arno “sight”, further ensuring that the supposed handicapped character is the key player and potential saviour of all. A number of scenes are bursting at the seams with suspense, with a cemetery/mausoleum sequence top draw, for sure Argento is firmly getting in his stride here. It’s not a gore movie, something which I personally think has led to some of Argento’s fans giving the film the cold shoulder, but it’s the tale (or tails of course) and characterisations that hold it up as being under valued. It’s a Giallo whodunit flecked with sexual stings and no little amount style draped all over it. 7/10