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Berserk (1967)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 11 January 1968 (USA)
A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.

Director:

Jim O'Connolly

Writers:

Aben Kandel (original story and screenplay), Herman Cohen (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Monica Rivers
Ty Hardin ... Frank Hawkins
Diana Dors ... Matilda
Michael Gough ... Albert Dorando
Judy Geeson ... Angela Rivers
Robert Hardy ... Detective Supt. Brooks
Geoffrey Keen ... Commissioner Dalby
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Harrison Liston
George Claydon ... Bruno Fontana
Philip Madoc ... Lazlo
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Miss Burrows
Thomas Cimarro Thomas Cimarro ... Gaspar
Peter Burton ... Gustavo
Golda Casimir Golda Casimir ... Bearded Lady
Ted Lune Ted Lune ... Skeleton Man
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Storyline

Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her performers die gruesomely, her profits soar. She hires high-wire walker Frank Hawkins, impressed by the handsome and muscular young man. They begin an affair which arouses her previous lover Durando's jealousy. When Durando is found dead shortly afterward, the other performers begin to take alarm, as a mysterious killer is obviously loose in their midst. Many suspect Monica herself of the killings, especially Matilda, who has set her sights on Monica's new lover. At this point, Monica's unruly, sixteen-year-old daughter Angela is expelled from school for being incorrigible, and Monica is forced to take her into the circus, allowing her to become the partner of knife-thrower Gustavo. Meanwhile, the dead bodies continue to pile up... Written by alfiehitchie

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The motion picture that pits steel weapons against steel nerves!!! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berserk See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sharp eyes will notice that as Superintendent Brooks is talking to Commissioner Dalby after one of the mysterious deaths, they pass an ad that says "Come Alive! With Pepsi". Joan Crawford was the widow of Alfred Steele, who had been CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Company, and at the time of filming, Crawford was still on the Board of Directors. Product placement of Pepsi can be seen in at least one other Crawford film of this era, Strait-Jacket (1964). See more »

Goofs

Although the film takes place at The Great Rivers Circus, all the elephants' headdresses bear the initials "BS" - for Billy Smart's Circus, the real circus they performed in. See more »

Quotes

Monica Rivers: [after Matilda is thrown out of Frank's trailer] Quite a party.
Frank Hawkins: Don't get the wrong idea.
Monica Rivers: What? That you've been entertaining a woman in your caravan dressed like that?
Frank Hawkins: She came in and I threw her out
Monica Rivers: After two hours?
Frank Hawkins: Right away!
Monica Rivers: But why?
Frank Hawkins: What do you mean?
Monica Rivers: Well, you're no saint and she's attractive in a common sort of way. Why did you throw her out.
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Berserk (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

It Might Be Me
Written, Arranged and Performed by John Scott as Patrick John Scott
Performed by Circus ensemble
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Too bad every circus isn't like this
12 August 2006 | by ricky_says_hiSee all my reviews

Now most people say this is a ridiculous and pretentious piece of clap-trap but they're wrong. This is considerably better than most crappy '80s period movies i've seen. Joan Crawford plays Monica Rivers, a sexy owner of The Great Rivers Circus who wastes no time in taking advantage of the publicity brought in by a string of murders - two of which happen during a performance - and falls under suspicion, all thanks to the loud-mouth Matilda (Diana Dors). She seems to fall apart with each tragedy and soon everyone - including her daughter (Judy Geeson), the cool-dude tightrope walker (Ty Harding) and the pompous manager (Michael Gough) - wonders if she's gone 'BERSERK'. Despite a few airy-fairy conversations and ludicrous puns, BERSERK is definitely a cult classic and should be seen if you've never been to a circus. It makes good use of suspense and you don't know who is getting it next.


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