La Gabbia (1985)

Genres - Thriller, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Thriller  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Italy, Spain  |  
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Despite an all-star lineup of European cult film talent in front of and behind the camera -- actors Tony Musante, Laura Antonelli, and Florinda Bolkan -- a script by Lucio Fulci and Francesco Barilli (Man From Deep River), and music by Ennio Morricone, this Italian/Spanish thriller is disappointingly bland and overlong. Musante is a married man who, by chance, meets and enjoys a brief fling with a former lover (Antonelli) while his wife (Bolkan) is away. Antonelli's character, however, has been obsessed with Musante since he jilted her 15 years earlier, and kidnaps him in an attempt to sway his affections. Musante sees a chance to escape in Antonelli's daughter (Blanca Marsillach), but quickly learns that she too has a deranged agenda for him. The attractive female cast and various softcore grapplings aren't enough to make up for the sluggish pace and Musante's unsympathetic character. Running times vary; EI Independent Cinema's full-frame VHS presentation is listed at 110 minutes.