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La decima vittima
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The 10th Victim (1965) More at IMDbPro »La decima vittima (original title)

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The 10th Victim -- Ursula Andress, voted the greatest Bond Girl ever, sports another iconic bikini, and this time it literally kills! Set in the near future, the film opens with Andress killing her penultimate victim in “The Big Hunt”, a reality-TV style game show which selects both ‘Hunter’ and ‘Victim’ from participants; the two then chase one another around the globe: kill your 10th victim and you win millions! Andress’ final victim is the cool, sun-loving Italian Marcello (Mastroianni) who also needs to notch up another kill!

Oscar® Winning director Elio Petri’s groundbreaking film heralded generations of films, like “Rollerball” or Schwarzenegger’s “Running Man”, about gladiatorial-death shows and announced our age of increasingly outrageous reality-TV and the latest fascination with “Hunger Games” dystopia.

Its exquisite Pop-Art visuals, and humorous visual observations have influenced countless films, none more than the Austin Powers sets and costumes. Sourced from HD master restored in the original widescreen film format. This truly seminal cult film is released for the 1st time in UK in this definite Numbered Collector’s Lenticular Edition.

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Director:
Writers:
Robert Sheckley (story)
Tonino Guerra (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 December 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's the 21st century and they have a licence to kill. See more »
Plot:
Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(28 articles)
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User Reviews:
It's an Italian Sex Farce, really, but it's also a fine sci-fi and pop art fantasy See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello Poletti

Ursula Andress ... Caroline Meredith

Elsa Martinelli ... Olga
Salvo Randone ... Professor
Massimo Serato ... Lawyer
Milo Quesada ... Rudi
Luce Bonifassy ... Lidia
George Wang ... Chinese attacker
Evi Rigano ... Victim
Walter Williams ... Martin
Richard Armstrong ... Cole
Antonio Ciani
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Herlin ... The man who gives the rules (uncredited)
Wolfgang Hillinger ... Baron Von Aschenberg (the second victim) (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... Chet (uncredited)
Anita Sanders ... Relaxatorium Girl (uncredited)
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Priest in aeroplane (uncredited)

Directed by
Elio Petri 
 
Writing credits
Robert Sheckley (story "The Seventh Victim")

Tonino Guerra (screenplay) &
Giorgio Salvioni (screenplay) &
Ennio Flaiano (screenplay) (as Ennio Flajano) &
Elio Petri (screenplay)

Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay collaboration (uncredited)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
 
Production Design by
Piero Poletto 
 
Set Decoration by
Giovanni Checchi 
Dario Micheli 
 
Costume Design by
Giulio Coltellacci 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist: Mastroianni
Lina Cassini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Claudio Mancini .... production supervisor
Alfredo Melidoni .... production supervisor
Jone Tuzi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Berto Pelosso .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Carlo Palmieri .... sound recordist
Emilio Rosa .... sound
Ennio Sensi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pasqualino De Santis .... camera operator (as Pasquale De Santis)
Mario Masini .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Enrico Sabbatini .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Piero Piccioni .... conductor
 
Other crew
Renata Clerici .... script supervisor (as Renata Clarici)
Mickey Knox .... dialogue consultant: English language version
Adriano Pagani .... production secretary
Giorgio Russo .... production secretary
Saul Kahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Gino Landi .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La decima vittima" - Italy (original title)
"The Tenth Victim" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1993) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (1966) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
Sue Lyon was briefly in the running for female lead after Ann-Margret passed but before Ursula Andress was cast.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:One enemy a day keeps the doctor away.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Spiral WaltzSee more »

FAQ

Why don't the subtitles match the dialogue on the DVD?
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
It's an Italian Sex Farce, really, but it's also a fine sci-fi and pop art fantasy, 11 August 2006
Author: dhermanson-1 from United States

The more serious you get about this movie, the more you are missing the point. It's an Italian Sex Farce, really, but it's also a fine pop art film, and a fine science-fiction romp that would be a great double feature with Blade Runner. The review "A wonderful example of 60s pop art film-making,Italian-style", by jisenhath from New York, New York USA, really nails the essence of this social-satire sci-fi.

Like the crocodile tears the sun worshippers cry for the setting sun (satire on religion, of course, though it's also close to the excesses of the 60's hippy-dippies doing nature "for real" in 65), the movie is best taken in the vapid, mondo gellato style it revels in.

From the novel by Robert Sheckley (still a great read, too), the "shocking" hunt takes a swipe at the media circus and boredom of excess, while visually reveling in it. The fashion, style and beauty of both Elsa Martinelli and Ursula Andress are a joy, while Marcello works his casual nonchalance and easy timing as the Italian sophisticate at ease with multiple meanings. That's come to pass, hasn't it, as we read from this computer on a network spanning the world. Is this a cult we are a part of? If so, don't cry, but laugh. Like this film does.

Cheesy one review says... no, cheesy is when the film attempts something and does not succeed through taste, budget or in-ineptitude. Opera is not cheesy, but it is ornate, over-the- top and hyper. So is this film. It's space opera in the operatic sense of La Scala.

It's spun gold, and a fine bookend to Marcello's 60's sex romps like Cassanova 70. (done in '65 too, a good year for vintage Marcello). Asti Spumante, anyone?

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