The Grim Reaper

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Roman police detectives interrogate a series of potential perpetrators in their struggle to determine whom to arrest for the brutal murder of a beautiful prostitute whose body is discovered in a park on the day of a torrential rainstorm. One by one, the prime suspects -- girl-crazy teenager Nino (Giancarlo De Rosa), pickpocket Canticchia (Francesco Ruiu), a soldier on leave, a tourist and a pimp -- recount the events of the day to the police, each insisting he is innocent.

Cast & Crew

Ada Peragostini
Maria
Sergio Citti
Screenwriter
Piero Piccioni
Original Music
Carlo Rustichelli
Original Music
Giovanni Narzisi
Cinematographer
Nino Baragli
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Adriana Spadaro
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Critic Reviews for The Grim Reaper (La commare secca)

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Audience Reviews for The Grim Reaper (La commare secca)

  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie reminds me so much of Roshomon, but slower and more boring. There are some good scenes, but for the most part, it's not a great movie. It's just okay.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2009
    In "La Commare Secca," a prostitute(Wanda Rocci) has been murdered in a park. The police have cast their net far and wide for leads while the disembodied voice of law and order interviews possible witnesses and suspects who might have seen anything. Making matters more difficult is the interviewees not exactly being forthright. Starting off is Luciano(Francesco Ruiu) who has gotten a job recommendation from a couple of priests before joining up with his pals Nino(Giancarlo De Rosa) and Sindaco(Vincenzo Ciccora), as they attempt to rob distracted couples in the park. Bostelli(Alfredo Leggi) is a former criminal who has apparently gone straight but still cheats on his wife Esperia(Gabriella Giorgelli) with whom he runs a protection racket. With its unique story structure and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, "La Commare Secca" is a not entirely successful movie, nor is it entirely without merit. It manages to paint a vivid tableau on a particular day about characters on the move who cannot find any stability which can mean a legitimate job. On the other hand, all the pieces of the puzzle do not exactly fit together as the mystery is resolved a little too perfunctorily.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2008
    Slow and confusing.worth watching ;;
    Sherry . Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    Experimentally smart and well-paced, Bertolucci's vision was kept on a tight leash as a result of a clearly restrictive budget. Nevertheless, it's an interesting and inolving picture, and it's a tremendous achievement from such a young filmmaker. It's obviously inspired by Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950), but Bertolucci brings a lot of his own ideas to the screen.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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