The Salamander

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Dante Matucci (Franco Nero), a counter-intelligence officer, uncovers a fascist plot to overthrow the Italian government, and as he begins to investigate, he has an ally in Bruno Manzini (Anthony Quinn), a man dedicated to hunting down war criminals. Bruno and other operatives, including the beautiful and frosty Lili Anders (Sybil Danning) report to Matucci as he coordinates their work. Most of the drama (not all) takes place off-screen, and Matucci essentially narrates the story -- making this one of the least exciting spy dramas around -- even the affair between Matucci and Anders is several degrees cooler than the norm. The inertia of the film continues through to the end, as the final denouement has all the suspects herded into one room (à la Agatha Christie or Dashiell Hammett) while Matucci and Manzini discuss the case.


Franco Nero
as Col. Dante Matucci
Martin Balsam
as Navy Capt. Steffanelli
Anthony Quinn
as Bruno Manzini
Sybil Danning
as Lili Anders
Christopher Lee
as Director Baldassare
Cleavon Little
as Maj. Malinowsky
Eli Wallach
as Leporello
Paul L. Smith
as The Surgeon
Renzo Palmer
as Girgione
Marino Masé
as Captain Rigoli
Jacques Herlin
as Woodpecker
Gita Lee
as Princess Baldasar (uncredited)
Fortunato Arena
as Major General Pantaleone
John Stacy
as Concierge
Andre Eszterhazy
as Minister of Defence
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