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Danger: Diabolik

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Danger: Diabolik (1968)

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Out for all he can take, seduce, or get away with...

Diabolik (John Phillip Law) is the criminal mastermind who has just pulled off a huge heist. He spends most of his free time with his girlfriend, Eva (Marisa Mell), in fond embrace. The police minister (Terry-Thomas) is approached by Valmont (Adolfo Celi), a master criminal who proposes to use his underworld connections to catch Diabolik for the police. In between their gratuitous lovemaking, he and the exotic Eva are chased by police and the mob in this plodding crime drama.

Danger: Diabolik (Italian: Diabolik) is a 1968 Italian-French action film directed by Mario Bava based on the Italian comic character Diabolik.[3] The film is about a criminal named Diabolik (John Phillip Law) who plans large scale heists for his girlfriend Eva (Marisa Mell). Diabolik is trailed in pursuit from Inspector Ginco (Michel Piccoli) who blackmails the gangster Ralph Valmont (Adolfo Celi) into catching Diabolik for him

The movie received a 67% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[8] The New York Times gave a brief negative review of Danger: Diabolik referring to the film as "infantile junk".[9] Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film a two and a half star rating out of four, stating that he felt it was better than the other Dino De Laurentiis production Barbarella, but that it was "long and eventually loses track of Itself".[10] Variety gave the film a negative review, calling it a "dull Dino De Laurentiis programmer" with "Bizarre sets, poor process work, static writing and limp direction spell pure formula fare for lowercase grind bookings."[11]

The Monthly Film Bulletin gave the film a positive review, noting that "Bava's superb visual sense stands him in good stead in this comic-strip adventure which looks like a brilliant pastiche of the best of everything in anything from James Bond to Matt Helm."

Diabolik, a daring international master thief, has climaxed a series of robberies by hijacking a $10 million gold shipment, and frustrated Inspector Ginco attempts to set a trap for him by using a million-dollar necklace as bait. When Diabolik again gets safely away with the loot, Ginco aligns himself with underworld boss Ralph Valmont to work out a scheme to trap the elusive thief. Valmont kidnaps Diabolik's girl friend, Eva Kant, and holds her for ransom, but Diabolik rescues his girl, escapes from Ginco's trap, and blows up the nation's tax records to the delight of the populace and the dismay of the minister of finance. In a desperate effort to capture Diabolik, all the remaining gold reserve is melted down for one huge ingot that is encased in steel. Unaware that the ingot has been made radioactive, Diabolik makes off with it, puts on a special protective suit, and begins to melt it down in his underground hideout. While the police follow the radioactive trail, the ingot suddenly explodes and covers Diabolik with molten gold, turning him into a statue. The gilded figure is put on display, and Eva comes to visit it before she is arrested by Ginco as an accomplice. She is startled to see the statue wink at her; and reassured that Diabolik has outwitted his adversaries once again, she leaves with Ginco.

Release Date: December 12, 1968

Distrib: Paramount


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