The Salamander
Directed byPeter Zinner
Written byRobert Katz (screenplay) Rod Serling (adaptation)
Based onThe Salamander
by Morris West
Produced byErwin C. Dietrich
Paul Maslansky
StarringFranco Nero
Anthony Quinn
CinematographyMarcello Gatti
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Distributed byITC Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • 25 April 1981 (1981-04-25) (UK)
  • 23 May 1983 (1983-05-23) (U.S.)
Running time
96 minutes

The Salamander is a 1981 thriller film directed by Peter Zinner, at his directorial debut.[2] The film is based on a 1973 novel with the same name by Morris West.[3]


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.



  1. ^ "The-Salamander - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards". 2015-09-26. Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2021-06-13.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Bart Mills (November 2, 1980). "AN EDITOR GETS A SHOT AT DIRECTING". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Vincent Canby (June 5, 1983). "Movie Review 'THE SALAMANDER'". New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2012.