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Director:
Writers:
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Lucio Fulci (story)
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Release Date:
April 1973 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An insurance scam lands a man on death row for murdering his wife. What everyone doesn't know is she really isn't dead. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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No gore this time, but still a great Lucio Fulci film! See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jean Sorel ... Dr. Geroge Dumurrier

Marisa Mell ... Susan Dumurrier / Monica Weston

Elsa Martinelli ... Jane
Alberto de Mendoza ... Henry Dumurrier

John Ireland ... Inspector Wald
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Benjamin Wormser
Bill Vanders ... Insurance Agent (as Bill Wanders)
Franco Balducci ... Officer Loveday
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Brent (as John Douglas)
Félix Dafauce ... Royal Insurance Official #1
Jesús Puente ... Sergeant Rodriguez
George Rigaud ... Arthur Mitchell
Jean Sobieski ... Larry

Faith Domergue ... Martha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Copleston ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Lucio Fulci ... Graphologist (uncredited)
Malisa Longo ... Elizabeth O'Neill (uncredited)
Raffaele Mottola ... Governor (uncredited)
Bobby Rhodes ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story
Roberto Gianviti  screenplay
Roberto Gianviti  story
José Luis Martínez Mollá  writer

Produced by
Edmondo Amati .... producer
Maurizio Amati .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa 
 
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli 
 
Production Design by
Nedo Azzini 
 
Set Decoration by
Pier Luigi Basile 
 
Costume Design by
Lucia Mirisola 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gray Frederickson .... unit manager: New York
Renato Jaboni .... general manager
Massimo Manasse .... production supervisor
Luis Méndez .... production manager
Francisco J. Tudela .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Massimo Castellani .... assistant director
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Román Calatayud .... set designer
Alessandro De Santis .... assistant production designer
Lucia Mirisola .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Mario Ligobbi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer (as Tonino Benetti)
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator
Giovanni Bonivento .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Conchita Pacini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
 
Other crew
Paolo Vandini .... production secretary
Vittoria Vigorelli .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Una sull'altra" - Italy (original title)
"Perversion Story" - France, USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
97 min | 107 min (uncut version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At c. 92 minutes the doctor/medical employee does not hear a heartbeat. The soundtrack has completely the wrong rhythm.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007)See more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
No gore this time, but still a great Lucio Fulci film!, 9 May 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

It's hard to believe that this thriller was directed by the same man who would go on to create such gory highlights as Zombie Flesh-Eaters and City of the Living Dead, but indeed this is a film from the Lucio Fulci that us gore hounds know and love. His later Giallo, such as A Lizard in Woman's Skin and Don't Torture a Duckling weren't as bloody as Fulci fans are used to, and this one is even less so; in fact, it isn't even a horror movie. Fulci does find time for graphic images, however, but things such as a badly decomposed corpse look out of place in a movie that is much more about mystery and suspense than shocking its audience. Fulci often doesn't get the respect he deserves when it comes to movie-making, and that's unfair as he really does know how to tell a story. One on Top of the Other focuses on themes of love and revenge, and follows the story of a doctor with a wife who suffers from chronic asthma. After her death, he is enticed to a nightclub along with his mistress, where he meets a young woman who is the double of his dead wife. Shortly thereafter, the corpse of his wife is unearthed and traces of poison are found in the body...

The film takes obvious influence from the great Alfred Hitchcock film 'Vertigo', but unlike a lot of Italian films from the sixties and seventies; this one is not merely a retread of its popular American influence. Fulci injects his own style and verve into the plot, and common Giallo elements such as crossed loyalties and compromising situation for the lead victim start to creep in. The acting on display here is superb, with Jean Sorel putting in a fabulous performance in the lead role in which he manages to captivate the audience and be convincing at the same time. The female leads are more striking; however, and both Marisa Mell and Elsa Martinelli get to act as well providing beautiful eye candy for the audience. Unlike a lot of Giallo's, this one takes place outside of Italy and makes San Francisco the central location. The landscapes look great, and the original jazz music by Riz Ortolani helps to ensure that swinging sixties feel comes across. There is a lack of murders in this film, which may disappoint Giallo and Fulci fans; but the intrigue that appears instead offsets this nicely, and overall I don't hesitate to say that One on Top of the Other is one of the great Giallo films!

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