GenreThriller Running time1h 43m Music directorJerry Goldsmith
Release dateApril 25, 1981 (1981-04-25) (UK)
May 23, 1983 (1983-05-23) (U.S.) WriterRobert Katz (screenplay), Rod Serling (adaptation), Morris L. West (novel) Initial releaseApril 25, 1981 (United Kingdom) CastFranco Nero (Carabinieri Colonel Dante Matucci), Anthony Quinn (Bruno Manzini), Martin Balsam (Captain Steffanelli), Claudia Cardinale (Elena Leporello), Sybil Danning (Lili Anders), Christopher Lee (Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence) Similar moviesFranco Nero and Martin Balsam appear in The Salamander and Confessions of a Police Captain
The salamander 1981
The Salamander (also known as Morris West's The Salamander) is a 1981 thriller film directed by Peter Zinner, at his directorial debut. The film is based on a novel with the same name by Morris West.
Policeman Dante Matucci investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. As the body count grows he sees a pattern that might point to a conspiracy to take over the Italian government.
Franco Nero: Carabinieri Colonel Dante Matucci
Anthony Quinn: Bruno Manzini
Martin Balsam: Captain Steffanelli
Sybil Danning: Lili Anders
Christopher Lee: Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence