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The Pyjama Girl Case (1977)

Ray Milland , Dalila Di Lazzaro , Flavio Mogherini  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Milland, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Michele Placido, Mel Ferrer, Howard Ross
  • Directors: Flavio Mogherini
  • Writers: Flavio Mogherini, Rafael Sánchez Campoy
  • Producers: Giorgio Salvioni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E41MTK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pyjama Girl Case" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Pyjama Girl Mystery: A True Story of Murder, Obsession and Lies" - Interview with Author Richard Evans
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "The Pyjama Girl" by Eddie Campbell - 8 page graphic novel from the illustrator of FROM HELL

Editorial Reviews

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"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...AN ASSURED THRILLER!" -- Delirium Magazine

Product Description

BASED ON THE INFAMOUS REAL-LIFE MURDER CASE THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD!

When the mutilated corpse of a young woman is found on an Australian beach, retired detective Thompson (Oscar(r) winner Ray Milland of THE LOST WEEKEND and DIAL M FOR MURDER) involves himself in the investigation. But before they can find the killer, the police must first identify the victim. Who was this once-beautiful girl found clad only in yellow pyjamas? Why would the authorities put her nude body on public display? What sexual depravity did she endure before her murder? And even if Thompson can crack the baffling case, will he survive to see her killer brought to justice?

Mel Ferrer (THE ANTICHRIST, NIGHTMARE CITY), Howard Ross (THE NEW YORK RIPPER) and the luscious Dalila Di Lazzaro (FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, PHENOMENA) co-star in this unique giallo written and directed by Flavio Mogherini and featuring a pounding score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE).


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Put On Your PJs July 24, 2006
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On the books this film is a giallo, but it is only in the most basic sense. Yeah it's a murder mystery, it deals with sexual themes and it's Italian. That's where all comparissons end though. No rampaging killer with gloves and a hat/hood and no real body count to speak of other than the Pyjama girl herself. Sure there are a few more deaths, but not until the end of the film. There are basically two plotlines running throughout the film. The first is the investigation into the dead woman that's led by two detectives(one of them Ray Milland). Once the second plot begins, it ends up taking up about 75% of the film. This deals with the yummy Dalila Di Lazzaro(yummy except for the armpit hair) trying to juggle three lovers. She sleeps with just about everyone but poor Milland. The film pretty much becomes a drama in the Lifetime Original Movie vein. No suspense, no killer stalking anyone. In fact, as you get more and more tangled into the story, you nearly forget there was a murder mystery at the heart of all this! Ray Milland seems to just diappear about an hour into the film. Before you know it, you're asking yourself, "Hey, wasn't Ray Milland in this film?" It's like Milland only had a two day shooting schedule and his time ran out before director Mogherini could shoot all his scenes. His character is funny though. Even with my complaints, I was never bored with this movie, just not terribly impressed. But if anyone should find it boring, you can always dance around your living room to the funky Riz Ortolani score. The disc has a half hour documentary about the actual Pyjama girl murder case which is actually more interesting than the film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"The Pyjama Girl Case" disappointed me for several reasons. First, and foremost, it is not a true Italian giallo. Absent is the typical black-gloved serial killer. Only two people are murdered. Second, this movie doesn't contain any major shocks or plot twists. The plot is very linear. Third, there is only one attractive woman and that is actress Dalila Di Lazzaro who later went on to act in Dario Argento's superb "Phenomena," which is definitely an Italian giallo.

Based on a true, unsolved crime, "The Pyjama Girl Case" centers around the badly burned body of a young woman found on an Australian beach. Ray Milland (of "Man with X-ray Eyes" and "Frogs") does an excellent job of portraying Canadian detective Thompson. While he investigates the murder, the actual events of what led to the discovery of the corpse are told in flashbacks. The victim, we learn, is a waitress named Linda who had several lovers. Eventually she marries a waiter while continuing to have other relations. I didn't feel too sympathetic towards her. The scene where she has sex for money with two older, overweight gentlemen was particularly vulgar and slimy; it should've been omitted.

The interview with the author Richard Evans who wrote the true life account of the Pyjama Girl was more interesting and enjoyable than this movie. It was like watching an episode of "60 Minutes." Actual photographs of the burned corpse of the Pyjama Girl were shown. Details were given concerning who she may have been.

The reproduction of the comic book, "Taboo," containing a story about the Pyjama Girl was hard to read. The print was very small.

The soundtrack is great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is good, but something in the editing has gone amiss December 27, 2009
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I'm not sure how much I can explain in detail without writing a spoiler review. Suffice it to say that the way this story is woven is effective and interesting. However, side A of a two-sided story is cut off prematurely when it didn't have to be.

The ending isn't anything that you won't see coming although it was probably pretty clever for its time. Ray Milland obviously rocks.

The setting and plot are interesting but I find my satisfaction with the film drops off halfway through and then picks back up at the end. This is because of the way it is cut together. I'm not sure if it was gutted in post this way because of distributors worrying about audiences "getting it" or what. Though I do find that to be a very plausible cause as the story has enough meat and is clever enough that I don't think this was the intent. If it was, oh well.

Overall, it is an enjoyable film with fun/quirky characters and some interesting plot points.
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