Madness (1980 film)

Madness (Italian: Vacanze per un massacro) is a 1980 Italian crime-drama film directed by Fernando Di Leo and starring Joe Dallesandro. A low-budget film, it was shot in just twelve days. It was first supposed to be directed by Mario Gariazzo.[2] The film was the last film Dallesandro shot in Italy before returning to United States.[2] The Luis Bacalov's musical score is mainly recycled from his scores for Di Leo's Caliber 9 and Maurizio Lucidi's The Designated Victim.[2]

Directed byFernando di Leo
Produced byArmando Novelli[1]
Screenplay byFernando di Leo[1]
Story byMario Gariazzo
Music byLuis Enriquez Bacalov
CinematographyEnrico Lucidi[1]
Edited byAmedeo Giomini[1]
Midia Cinematografica[1]
Distributed byRegional
Release date
  • March 7, 1980 (1980-03-07)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
Box office₤25.3 million




Madness was based on a story by Mario Gariazzo, who director Fernando di Leo had previously offered script advice for his film The Bloody Hands of the Law and whose films were produced by di Leo's company Cineproduzioni Daunia 70.[1] Gariazzo was originally going to be the director of the film.[1]

Madness was shot in 12 days.[1] Fernando di Leo was not happy with the results of the film, stating that it was a "disappointing film indeed, including my toying with Lorraine De Selle's nude scenes. It's mediocre, but not because I did wrong - I just wasn't interested in it."[1] The director stated he was a hired hand on the film, which lead him to feel that "you don't always have the chance to do what you want, and often you know very well you're making a bad movie, but you do it anyways."[1]


Madness was released on March 7, 1980 where it was distributed by Regional.[1] It grossed a total of 25.3 million Italian lire.[1]


  1. Curti 2013, p. 274.
  2. Roberto Curti. Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland, 2013. ISBN 0786469765.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765.
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