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Diabolik (1968)

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Release Date
Jan 24, 1968 (Italy)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 14, 2005

Budget $400,000

Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country Italy, France

Studio Paramount

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Other Titles
• Danger: Diabolik (1968)
• Gefahr: Diabolik! (1968)

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Genre: Action, Crime, Thieves, Cult Classic, Campy, Murder, Revenge, Comic Book, Capers, Gangsters, Deception

Plot: Made at the height of the Swinging '60s, Mario Bava's stylish, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the popular Italian comic strip DIABOLIK captures all the lavish decadence typical of the psychedelic era. Square-jawed leading man John Phillip Law stars as the titular antihero, a suave, cunning superthief who steals from the government and kills innocent bystanders for his own personal gain. Sharing an opulent underground lair with his stunning, amoral girlfriend Eva Kant (Marisa Mell), Diabolik globetrots Europe in his quest for wealth while confounding both the police (Michel Piccoli and Terry Thomas) and a rival criminal (Adolfo Celi). With its innovative cinematography and a pulsing score by soundtrack maestro Ennio Morricone, DIABOLIK has been referenced in a Beastie Boys video and Roman Coppola's CQ--and owns the dubious honor of being the last film parodied by Mystery Science Theater

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external linkMaybe this film just happened to tickle my particular sensibilities, but I found it to be a joy from start to finish. From the fantastic score by Ennio Morricone, to the incredible set designs, the whole affair positively reeks of style. 5/5

 Directed by
Mario Bava
The Demon's Mask, A Bay of Blood, Black Sabbath
 Written by
Mario Bava
The Demon's Mask, A Bay of Blood, Black Sabbath
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Robin Hood, Don't Look Now, We've Been Shot at
John Phillip Law
Barbarella, Space Mutiny, CQ
Marisa Mell
Mahogany, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Secret Agent Super Dragon
Michel Piccoli
Belle de jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Atlantic City
Adolfo Celi
Thunderball, The Phantom of Liberty, Roi de coeur, Le
Claudio Gora
Sorpasso, Il, The Five Man Army, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
Mario Donen
Man of La Mancha, Seven Winchesters for a Massacre
 Music By
Ennio Morricone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America

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