Snatch / La orca (1976)

2.5 out of 5

An unsuitable gang of kidnappers snatch a young rich girl portrayed by former Playboy playmate Rena Niehaus only to find the manipulative minx using her norks as much as her nous to find the weak spot within an already weak group and use her sexuality to control a walking case of Lima syndrome waiting to happen in the form of Michele Placido.

Since the viewer is given more back story of the reluctant kidnappers than of the victim, and given that it is immediately obvious what the abductee is up to, it is not clear with whom the viewer is supposed to sympathise.

Filmed around the university town of Pavia La orca is an interesting piece of exploitation from Eriprando Visconti who is the nephew of the more famous Luchino Visconti and Flavio Bucci appears in this as his first feature role since Night Train Murders..

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