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The Card Player (2004)

Il cartaio (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 2 January 2004 (Italy)
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A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer who plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (story), Franco Ferrini (story) | 4 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefania Rocca ... Anna Mari
Liam Cunningham ... John Brennan
Silvio Muccino ... Remo
Adalberto Maria Merli Adalberto Maria Merli ... Police Commissioner
Claudio Santamaria ... Carlo Sturni
Fiore Argento ... Lucia Marini
Cosimo Fusco ... Berardelli
Mia Benedetta ... Francesca
Giovanni Visentin Giovanni Visentin ... C.I.D. Chief
Claudio Mazzenga Claudio Mazzenga ... Mario
Conchita Puglisi ... Marta
Micaela Pignatelli ... Professor Terzi
Luis Molteni ... Pathologist
Carlo Giuseppe Gabardini Carlo Giuseppe Gabardini ... Anti-Hacker #1
Alessandro Mistichelli Alessandro Mistichelli ... Anti-Hacker #2
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Storyline

In Rome, after the abduction of a British tourist, the police inspector Anna Mari is contacted by the criminal, who self-entitles The Card Player, challenging the police department to dispute a video poker with him where the prize would be the life of the victim. The Chief of Police refuses to participate and the victim is tortured and killed in front of an Internet web cam. The British detective John Brennan is assigned to investigate the case and when another woman is kidnapped, they invite the addicted player Remo to play for the police. Anna and John lead the investigation trying to disclose who might be the serial-killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A serial killer with a vice for Video Poker.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Stefania Rocca spent a lot of time with four Roman policewomen to witness them in action throughout their daily routines. See more »

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Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

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Not great Argento but not awful
25 October 2005 | by lilac_point_burmeseSee all my reviews

This movie deserves a bit more credit - it is not the best Argento film but it is certainly better than Phantom of the Opera. I think the main complaint that an Argento fan could have about this film is it is very un-Argento - it feels a bit more like a gory Ruth Rendell. However the plot is quite tight, the poker playing serial killer is a new concept that I quite appreciated, the main actress I thought was excellent, she reminded me a lot of Franka Potente. Definitely give this one a watch, its not the usual Argento style but it is still a good thriller. Do not watch this one if you are not a fan of Agatha Christie/Ruth Rendell/Inspector Morse and are expecting Argento's usual slightly bizarre edge - this is a pretty ordinary "detective trying to catch serial killer" flick.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 January 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Card Player See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Budget:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,368,452
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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