The Cat o' Nine Tails (Il gatto a nove code)
The Cat o' Nine Tails (Il gatto a nove code) (1971)

In this flawed mystery-thriller from flamboyant horror director Dario Argento, Karl Malden portrays a blind man who joins forces with a reporter (James Franciscus) to catch a killer with an extra chromosome. Much of the action occurs at a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 11, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A tall and slimmer Karl Malden stands out, but even with a rooftop chase, the conclusion and revelation are abrupt.

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Beth Accomando

Italian 'giallo' thriller by horrormeister Dario Argento.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Moderately effective, stylish early giallo from Argento

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

if it is Argento's weakest early effort, it is only because he was still trying to find his voice, experimenting with different techniques and gradually learning just how far he could push the envelope.

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Staci Layne Wilson

Dario Argento giallo is the cat's meow.

Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

... through the employment of his visual technique, commonality is transformed into remarkable quality.

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Fernando F. Croce


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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...highly unlikely to appeal to anyone other than the most ardent Argento fan, and even those folks will be hard-pressed to find anything here worth embracing.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
A.D. Villarreal
Not as memorable as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage but this was the early days when Argento was still trying to find his voice in the Giallo world. It's… More
Cassandra Maples
When I first saw this I thought it was a wee bit undistinguished, much less interesting or exciting than an Argento movie should be. After watching it again I… More
Alex roy
Dario Argento's second film is a fairly underrated Giallo film. Argento has long expressed that Cat O' Nine Tails is one of least favorite films. Yet,… More
Ariuza koraw
The Cat o' Nine Tails is Dario Argento's 'difficult second movie'. This is the one that had to follow up his genre-defining debut The Bird… More
Tim Salmons
To be honest, I didn't find The Cat O'Nine Tails to be all that great. I actually found it kind of boring. The signature giallo plot twists are there… More
Keiko Aya
Meany today wouldn't know what Giallo films are there Italian hardback books that consisted of mystery/crime and with the all famous yellow background.… More