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Paranoia (1969)

Orgasmo (original title)
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A rich and lonely American widow befriends two young people whose motives become suspect.


Umberto Lenzi


Umberto Lenzi (story), Umberto Lenzi | 2 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Kathryn
Lou Castel ... Peter
Colette Descombes ... Eva / Peter's stepsister
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Brian / lawyer
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Teresa / maid
Franco Pesce Franco Pesce ... Martino
Tina Lattanzi Tina Lattanzi ... Kathryn's Aunt
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Police Inspector
Sara Simoni Sara Simoni
Gaetano Imbró Gaetano Imbró
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti
Alberto Corchi Alberto Corchi ... (as Alberto Cocchi)
Maria Rosiello Maria Rosiello


Kathryn, a glamorous American widow, arrives in Italy several weeks after the death of her older, extremely wealthy husband. With the help of Brian, her lawyer, she moves into a luxurious villa and proceeds to lead a lonely, uneventful existence until one day, a handsome young man, Peter shows up at the front gate, looking for tools so he can fix his sports car. She lets him stay the night, and the next thing she knows, she's madly making love to him in the shower. He eventually moves in, and is soon joined by a free spirit he introduces as Eva, his sister. She enjoys their company and partying with them - until she begins to suspect that they aren't what they seem to be. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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PARANOIA sucks you into a whirlpool of erotic love! See more »


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First part of a trilogy also including Così dolce... così perversa (1969) and A Quiet Place to Kill (1970). See more »


The two times Eva plays the Wess & The Airedales "Just Tell Me", they are different records with very different labels. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version titled "Orgasmo" runs 88 minutes; American release is cut to 77 min. and retitled "Paranoia". See more »


Followed by Così dolce... così perversa (1969) See more »


Just Tell Me
Written by Douglas Fowlkes and Piero Umiliani (as M. Zalla-Johnson)
Performed by Wesley Johnson (as Wess and The Airedales)
Published by Sonorfilm
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Thanks to this mildly depraved period piece, I can now add Carroll Baker to my list of hot babes!
26 July 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Orgasmo" (called "Paranoia" in the US) is the first Umberto Lenzi movie that I have ever seen, and also the first Carroll Baker movie that I have ever seen. I can understand how it probably was very shocking when it first came out (and even got an X rating), but it's naturally now quite tame - and from what I've read of Lenzi's other movies, this one sounds like the calmest one of all.

Carroll Baker - looking almost exactly like Elizabeth Montgomery - plays wealthy American widow Kathryn West, who inherits a villa in Italy. While over there, she gets acquainted with young Peter Donovan (Lou Castel) and his sister Eva (Colette Descombes). Sure enough, they turn out not to be what they seem. But some of Carroll Baker's scenes, particularly that one in the shower, are likely to get any teenage boy's hormones going! So, I guess that these shockers from the '60s, '70s and '80s are all about lewdness, but there's nothing wrong with that. This one gives a feeling of swinging London, although it's set in Italy. Pretty neat.

I must be one of the only people on Earth who's seen an Umberto Lenzi movie but hasn't seen "The Passion of the Christ".

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7 February 1969 (Italy) See more »

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