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La vergine di Norimberga
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Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
Frank Bogart (novel)
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Release Date:
15 August 1963 (Italy) See more »
Women's Virtues Made him a Killer!
Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rossana Podestà ... Mary Hunter

Georges Rivière ... Max Hunter (as George Riviere)

Christopher Lee ... Erich (as Cristopher Lee)
Laura Nucci ... Martha
Jim Dolen ... John Selby
Leonardo Severini ... The Doctor
Anny Degli Uberti ... Kidnapped Woman
Luciana Milone ... Trude
Mirko Valentin ... The General
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Hilde (as Lucille St. Simon)
Patrick Walton (as Patrik Walton)
Carole Windsor
Rex Vidor
James Borden
Peter Hardy
Bredon Brett
Robert Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Consalvo Dell'Arti ... Doctor (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Margheriti  (as Anthony Dawson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Bogart  novel "The Virgen of Nurimberg"
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay and adaptation (as Gastad Green)
Edmond T. Gréville  screenplay and adaptation (as Edmund Greville)
Antonio Margheriti  screenplay and adaptation (as Anthony Dawson)

Produced by
Marco Vicario .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini (director of photography) (as Richard Palton)
Film Editing by
Otello Colangeli  (as Angel Coly)
Art Direction by
Henry Daring 
Riccardo Domenici  (as Dick Dominici)
Set Decoration by
Albert Griffiths 
Costume Design by
James Lyon 
Makeup Department
Joseph Hunter .... makeup artist
Lilian Moore .... hair stylist
Walter Roy .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Sante Chimirri .... production manager (as Jim Murray)
Fred Holliday .... production manager
Steve Melville .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bertrand Blier .... assistant director
Ruggero Deodato .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Albert Griffiths .... sound
Special Effects by
Antonio Margheriti .... special effects (as Anthony Matthews)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Baxter .... assistant camera
George Henry .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peggy Bronston .... seamstress
Sandra Weber .... seamstress
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Other crew
Eve Marie Koltay .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La vergine di Norimberga" - Italy (original title)
"The Virgin of Nuremberg" - International (English title) (literal title)
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84 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | UK:X | USA:Unrated (video rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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In the French version, Christopher Lee was dubbed by Marcel Bozzuffi.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Erich and Mary have their first conversation alone while Erich is organizing his knives, a hair can be seen at the top of the screen for several minutes.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Italian Gothic Horror - Margheriti's Best Film, 25 February 2001
Author: ( from Palm Springs, CA USA

LA VERGINE DI NORIMBERGA is one of those unforgettable classics in the Italian horror canon. The film benefits from beautiful color cinematography and art direction, a spooky castle dungeon filled with grim implements of torture, the sexy Rosanna Podesta running around, the handsome blond Georges Riviere (fresh from Margheriti's LA DANZA MACABRA), the towering presence of Christopher Lee as the family manservant bearing a scarred visage and finally Mirko Valentin as the crazed killer and family patriarch. The jazz score by Riz Ortolani is fantastic (it's available on CD) and one of his best ever. The film may be a bit slow by the standards of today's audiences but was a real chiller back in the mid-sixties when it came out. In my opinion it's the best of Antonio Margheriti's films because it's a bit more coherent and better scripted that most of the rest. Also a delight for Christopher Lee fans as this was during the most fertile period of his career.

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