Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Black Veil for Lisa (1968)

Director: Massimo Dallamano

Starring: John Mills, Luciana Paluzzi, Robert Hoffmann, Renate Kasche, Tullio Altamura, Carlo Hinterman, Enzo Fiermonte, Loris Bazzocchi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: White veils for angels

Plot: Hamburg cop, Franz Bulon (Mills) is trying to bring down a major drug syndicate in the city. However every time he gets close to a potential informant, the said person has a nasty knack of turning up dead. Bulon's superiors are concerned that his mind doesn't seem to be on the job, which is why he is being thwarted at every turn. And to a degree they're right – because Bulon is so preoccupied with keeping tabs on his wife Lisa (Paluzzi) that he isn't keeping on top of the rest of his work. He suspects that she is having an affair, and is plagued by thoughts of her with other men. When Bulon eventually tracks down Alex (Hoffman), the assassin that has been picking off his informants, he decides not to charge him but instead hires him kill his wife…

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

#44 on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

So so Gaillo thriller that's miscast and slow. John Mills does a great job as the jealous husband of a cheating wife but he fails to convince as a tough, ass kicking detective. I wasn't buying it. The story and the ending are the best things about it. It's too bad there's no tension to be found. Otherwise, it just lies there without any sense of urgency or importance. It's pretty lifeless and bland and ripe for a remake.

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