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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 23 September 1983 (USA)
The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director:

Juan Piquer Simón (as J. P. Simon, J.Piquer Simon)

Writers:

Dick Randall (screenplay), Roberto Loyola (screenplay) (as John Shadow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Lt. Bracken
Lynda Day George ... Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
Frank Braña ... Sgt. Randy Holden (as Franck Brana) (as Frank Brana)
Edmund Purdom ... The Dean
Ian Sera ... Kendall
Paul L. Smith ... Willard (as Paul Smith)
Jack Taylor ... Professor Arthur Brown
Gérard Tichy ... Dr. Jennings (as Gerard Tichy)
May Heatherly ... Mrs. Reston
Hilda Fuchs ... Grace - Dean's Secretary
Roxana Nieto ... Virginia Palmer - Chainsaw Victim
Cristina Cottrelli ... Jenny - Pool Victim (as Cristina Cottrel)
Leticia Marfil ... Suzie - Locker Room Victim
Silvia Gambino Silvia Gambino ... Mary - Elevator Victim
Carmen Aguado ... Carla - Aerobics Instructor
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Storyline

While playing with a puzzle, a teenager is repressed by his mother, and he kills her and severs her body with an ax. Forty years later, in an university campus in Boston, a serial killer kills young women and severs their bodies in parts, stealing body pieces from each student. Lt. Bracken makes a deal with the dean of the campus, and infiltrates the agent Mary Riggs as if she were a tennis teacher and together with the student Kendall, they try to find the identity of the killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Carvalho, Brazil

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pieces See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$604,510, 25 September 1983

Gross USA:

$2,032,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,032,311
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "look" of the killer was based on the comic book character "The Shadow", not as is often thought Italian 'giallo' cinema. See more »

Goofs

The jigsaw puzzle used has blood still fresh and red after forty years of wearing out; albeit around the time the film takes place, wouldn't the blood be brown? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Timmy Weldon: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men. Couldn't put the pieces together again.
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Alternate Versions

Available in an R-rated version with alternate footage and brief omissions of gore: includes black underwear on the skinny dipping scene, a less gory shot to the Dean's head at the end and the gore omission is in the elevator with a shot of the left arm being sliced off. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Un'ombra Nell'ombra M21BIS
(uncredited)
From Un'ombra nell'ombra (1979)
Composed by Stelvio Cipriani
Keyboards by Claudio Simonetti
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User Reviews

One of my favorite "bad movies"
23 March 2004 | by MsSweetSee all my reviews

I have fond memories of sitting on my living room floor watching this, along with other `bad movies' i.e. `Night of the Lepus', `The Hand' or most any movie that makes it to the Sci-Fi channel with my mom and two younger brothers.

There is a lot of nudity, perhaps the nudity was not necessary, but you have to look at the other `slasher' movies of this period.was it necessary for nudity in the `Friday The 13th' or `Halloween' movies? Not really, unless you are going to go with the whole `if you have sex while you're a teenager you're going to die a horribly painful death' thing that many people have suggested, (not regarding this movie specifically, but the `slasher' genre) then I suppose it would be necessary to prove that point.

In all honesty, I think we should go back to a simpler time and have more movies like this one.funny, disgusting, a little bit scary, just an overall insane experience. Not every movie has to have a point or life altering motive, sometimes it is nice to watch without thinking.

Overall, for what it is, it is worth watching. By the way, the best part of the movie is the end!


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