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Silence the Witness (1974)

Il testimone deve tacere (original title)
De Luca is killed by Marchetti's chauffeur. Marchetti ordered the murder because he was to be accused by De Luca. The two have a car accident while going home to get an alibi. There is a ... See full summary »


Giuseppe Rosati


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bekim Fehmiu ... Il dottor Giorgio Sironi
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Luisa Sironi
Aldo Giuffrè ... Il commissario Santi
Guido Leontini Guido Leontini ... Il mafioso
Romolo Valli ... Il ministro
Elio Zamuto Elio Zamuto ... Il giudice Belli
Luigi Pistilli ... Il commissario De Luca
Claudio Nicastro ... Il commendatore
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Il questore
Corrado Annicelli Corrado Annicelli ... L'anziano professore di Sironi
Barbara Betti Barbara Betti ... Adriana Favero
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Il maresciallo Giulio Nardoni
Franco Ressel ... L'ingegner Aldo Marchetti
Liana Trouche Liana Trouche ... La moglie del commissario Santi
Daniele Vargas ... Il senatore Turrisi


De Luca is killed by Marchetti's chauffeur. Marchetti ordered the murder because he was to be accused by De Luca. The two have a car accident while going home to get an alibi. There is a witness, Sironi, who calls the police. But when the police arrive the car has gone and so have the two men. Inspector Santi and young judge Novelli look into the strange case. Marchetti, however, is a powerful man and Sironi and his family begin to be obsessed first by threats then by assaults. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Release Date:

16 May 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Zeuge muss schweigen See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Italian censorship visa # 64519 delivered on 30-4-1974. See more »

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Silence The Actors!
30 December 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Talk, talk, talk. Even if you go into this one expecting a realistic Damiano Damiani tale of people going up against an organisation they can't possibly defeat, you're going to get bored.

In Naples or possibly nearby, policeman Lugio Pistili meets dodgy businessman Franco Ressel and tells him he's going to take him down. Not long after, Luigi has a couple of bullets in him and isn't breathing no more and Franco is making a dash away by car, only to get involved in a car crash with a doctor. The doctor is all out to help, but when Franco sends him off to call an ambulance, he returns to find no one there. The cops aren't chuffed by this and haul him in...and meanwhile...

...A young hooker whom the doctor treated for a head wound has copped off with two fellows, but hasn't been vigilant enough to note that one of them is Luciano Rossi! He's always raping and killing women, and don't you know it, the young girl gets murdered and found on a beach, near where the car crash happened, with a prescription written by the doctor in her hand bag...

Thus begins the endless tale of a doctor trying to prove to the cops that he really did witness an accident while the cops think he's covering for murdering a hooker while the mafia and corrupt businessmen are trying to cover up for Franco Ressel by using bribes, promotions and threats. The problem is that the film is full of endless, endless talk and little to no action. The only bullets you see fired are at the start. There are no car chases, and one single nasty event near the end of the film brings on the predictable end.

I'm struggling to find something good to say about this one as it mainly involves people talking to each other using thinly veiled threats. The music was okay though. I'd never heard of this one before and I think I know why. Every single Guiseppe Rosati film I've seen is better than this film. DUD!

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