This article may need to be rewritten to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards. (February 2020)
This article is missing information about the film's theatrical/home media releases, censorship, and reception.February 2020)(
|Thriller – A Cruel Picture|
Theatrical US release poster
|Directed by|| Bo Arne Vibenius |
(as Alex Fridolinski)
|Produced by||Bo Arne Vibenius|
|Written by||Bo Arne Vibenius|
|Starring|| Christina Lindberg |
|Music by||Ralph Lundsten|
|Edited by||Brian Wikström|
|Distributed by||BAV Film (Sweden)|
American International Pictures (US dub)
|May 1973 (Cannes) |
June 5, 1974 (US)
October 30, 1974 (Sweden)
82 minutes (US cut)
104 minutes (Vengeance Edition)
Thriller – A Cruel Picture (Swedish : Thriller – en grym film, also known as They Call Her One Eye, Hooker's Revenge and Thriller) is a 1973 Swedish rape-and-revenge exploitation film written and directed by Bo Arne Vibenius under the pseudonym Alex Fridolinski. It tells the story of a mute young woman (played by Christina Lindberg) who is forced into heroin addiction and prostitution, and her revenge on the men responsible.
This article needs an improved plot summary. (February 2020)
A quiet girl, Madeleine (Christina Lindberg), is sexually assaulted as a child, and the trauma makes her mute. One day when she is older she accepts a ride from a man, Tony (Heinz Hopf), who makes her a heroin addict, and then becomes her pimp. To hide the fact that she was kidnapped, the pimp writes hateful letters to her parents who become so distraught they commit suicide. At one point, she is stabbed in the eye for refusing a client. Madeleine then begins saving money to purchase a car to escape and take lessons in driving, shooting, and martial arts in order to take revenge.
Director Bo Arne Vibenius sought to make "the most commercial film ever made",as he had lost money on an earlier film, and needed to recuperate his loss. Rumors allege that the filmmakers used an actual corpse during the film's eye gouging scene, which has since become controversial because of these rumors. Hardcore pornographic sequences were edited into the film to profit off of the trend of pornography in Denmark and Sweden, which was being liberalized at the time.
In Daniel Ekeroth's book on Swedish exploitation movies, Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema , it is revealed that the producers took out a huge life insurance policy on star Christina Lindberg, as real ammunition was used in the action sequences, and that she was asked to inject saline solution during the drug scenes.
The original running time was 107 minutes. After being banned by the Swedish film censorship board, it was cut down to 104 minutes and then 86 minutes, but still banned. It was finally released after being cut down to 82 minutes. In the United States it had also been cut to 82 minutes.
TV Guide rated the film three out of four stars, writing, "Not for the fainthearted, or the easily bored, this brutal and depressing film nevertheless is not easily forgotten."
Time Out gave the film a negative review, criticizing the film's overuse of slow motion, hardcore scenes, and soundtrack, stating that it fails to leave the lingering emotional impact of its convictions.A.H. Weiler from The New York Times offered the film similar criticism, callign it "dreary", and cited Lindberg as the film's only notable aspect.
Thriller – A Cruel Picture was marketed as the first film ever to be completely banned in Sweden, although the first one actually was Victor Sjöström's The Gardener from 1912.It has received a cult following and was one of the inspirations behind Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill , specifically for the character of Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah).
Ms .45 is a 1981 American exploitation thriller film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Zoë Tamerlis.
Britt Christina Marinette Lindberg is a Swedish journalist known internationally for her work as an actress and glamour model in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Queen Christina is a pre-Code Hollywood biographical film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1933 by Walter Wanger and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. It stars Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in their fourth and last film together.
Ansiktet, also released as The Magician, is a 1958 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman starring Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin. The plot follows a traveling magician named Albert Vogler, whose allegedly supernatural live shows are challenged by the skeptical population of a small village.
Bo Arne Vibenius is a Swedish film director, most famous for his exploitation classics Breaking Point and Thriller – A Cruel Picture. The latter served as an influence on Quentin Tarantino when making his Kill Bill films and Tarantino has called it "the roughest revenge movie ever made."
Language of Love is a 1969 Swedish sex educational film directed by Torgny Wickman. It was an international success.
They Call Us Misfits is a Swedish documentary film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 25 March 1968, directed, produced and written by Stefan Jarl and Jan Lindqvist. The film is an uncompromising account of the life of two alienated teenagers, Kenneth "Kenta" Gustafsson (1948–2003) and Gustav "Stoffe" Svensson (1950–1978). The film, like its successor Ett anständigt liv takes a close but non-moralizing look at the joys and growing pains of mod and "junkie" street culture in Stockholm at the time.
Anita: Swedish Nymphet is a 1973 erotic drama film directed by Torgny Wickman, starring Christina Lindberg and Stellan Skarsgård.
Heinz Hopf (1934–2001) was a Swedish actor.
The Silence is a 1963 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom. The plot focuses on two sisters, the younger a sensuous woman with a young son, the elder more intellectually oriented and seriously ill, and their tense relationship as they travel toward home through a fictional Central European country on the brink of war.
Maj-Britt Nilsson was a Swedish movie actress of the 1940s and 1950s.
Sex & Fury, translated Story of Delinquent Female Boss: o-Chō Inoshika, is a 1973 Japanese action-thriller film directed by Norifumi Suzuki and starring Reiko Ike.
Blaxploitation or blacksploitation is an ethnic subgenre of the exploitation film that emerged in the United States during the early 1970s. The films, while popular, suffered backlash for disproportionate numbers of stereotypical film characters showing bad or questionable motives, including roles as criminals. However, the genre does rank among the first in which black characters and communities are the heroes and subjects of film and television, rather than sidekicks, villains, or victims of brutality. The genre's inception coincides with the rethinking of race relations in the 1970s.
Exponerad, also known as Diary of a Rape, The Depraved, and Exposed, is a 1971 Swedish sexploitation film directed by Gustav Wiklund and starring Christina Lindberg.
Leif Gustav Willy Persson is a Swedish criminologist and novelist. Persson has four children, one of whom, Malin Persson Giolito, is also a crime writer.
Easy Money is a Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa that was released on 15 January 2010. It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Jens Lapidus. Joel Kinnaman stars in the lead role of Johan "JW" Westlund, a rather poor man living a double life in the upper class areas of Stockholm. After meeting a wealthy girl, he is enticed into the world of organized crime and begins to sell cocaine to afford his expensive lifestyle. Easy Money was well received by critics and was a hit at the box office.
Bazillion Points is a book publishing company owned and operated by author Ian Christe. It was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.
Night Games is a 1980 erotic thriller film directed by Roger Vadim. It was released in France as Jeux de Nuit.
Breaking Point is a 1975 Swedish adult thriller film written and directed Bo Arne Vibenius.
Damen i svart is a 1958 Swedish thriller film directed by Arne Mattsson. The film is the first film in director Arne Mattsson's Hillman-series of five thriller films, all containing a colour in the title: Damen i svart (1958), Mannequin in Red (1958), Ryttare i blått (1959), Lady in White (1962), and The Yellow Car (1963).