The Designated Victim

Maurizio Lucidi
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Shameless is a DVD label that is all about the fans and with their latest release of the rarely-seen Designated Victim their efforts have never been more focused on trying to deliver intriguing product that will please fans of this label of film discovery. A true high point in 70s Italian thriller cinema, this inspired remake of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train from director Maurizio Lucidi.

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The designated victim aka La vittima designata Check on IMDB

Shameless is a DVD label that is all about the fans and with their latest release of the rarely-seen Designated Victim their efforts have never been more focused on trying to deliver intriguing product that will please fans of this label of film discovery.

A true high point in 70s Italian thriller cinema, this inspired remake of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train from director Maurizio Lucidi is able to push the concept of the original movie into something far more unbearably tense and deliciously twisted.

Stefano (Tomas Milian; Traffic, Amistad, JFK) needs to sort out his troublesome wife who is seriously cramping his future plans. A chance meeting with a wealthy Count Matteo (Pierre Clementi) leads to an extraordinary plan where both will do each other a murderous favour to free them from the people who ail them. The problem is Stefano treats this as a joke whilst Matteo is deadly serious and what he does drives Stefano to the edge of sanity in a gripping race against time!

Shot in a mist-wreathed eerily beautiful Venice this near dream-like melding of thriller with baroque giallo overtones has remained until now a criminally hidden psychological gem.

Spec

 

Distributor: Shameless Screen Entertainment
Certificate: 18
Release date: 3rd November, 2008
VFD: 23328
Running time: 95 mins 11 sec UNCUT
Region: 0
Cat No: SHAM015
Barcode: 5060162230153
Extras: Rebuilt edit of the film, English and Italian audio with English subtitles, deleted scenes, fact track by Stefan Novak & collector's art gallery
Director: Maurizio Lucidi
Stars: Marisa Bartoli, Luigi Casellato, Katia Christine, Pierre Clementi, Tomas Milian

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