Italian remake of Hitchcock's 'Strangers On a Train' from director Maurizio Lucidi. Stefano (Thomas Milian)'s wife (Marisa Bartoli) is seriously cramping his future plans and he's looking for a solution. A chance meeting with the wealthy Count Matteo (Pierre Clementi) leads to an outlandish plan where both will do each other a murderous favour to free them from their respective problems. Stefano, however, treats this as a joke whilst Matteo is deadly serious. As events spiral out of his control, Stefano is driven to the edge of sanity in a deadly race against time.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Tomas Milian portrays a cheating husband named Stefanio who falls into a strange relationship with the bohemian Count Mateo (Pierre Clementi) in this intriguing thriller. Earning his trust, Mateo lures Stefanio into a sick psychological game, offering to murder his wife so that the unhappy businessman can be free to pursue his beautiful mistress (Katia Christine). In return, he continues, Stefanio must kill Mateo's brother. Stefanio laughs off the suggestion until the day that his wife is actually murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. As Stefanio's troubles increase, Mateo applies more pressure, finally forcing his frantic, desperate victim to fulfill his part of the bargain. Fine performances and some blatantly Hitchcockian moments in Fulvio Gicca's screenplay help to make director Maurizio Lucidi's film tense and absorbing, if somewhat predictable. ...The Designated Victim ( La Vittima designata ) ( Slam Out )