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Una sull'altra
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Director:
Writers:
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Lucio Fulci (story)
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Release Date:
April 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What Is The Most Incredible Thing A Woman Ever Did For $1,000,000? See more »
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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(3 articles)
User Reviews:
I Love Lucio! 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)

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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
I Love Lucio!, 3 June 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"One on top of the Other" predates the biggest successes of Lucio Fulci as a director and definitely his still on-going reputation as The Godfather of Gore. Yet, this is one best films he ever made and it unquestionably ranks among the most solidly plotted gialli ever! From the first minute to the very last, "One on top of the Other" is a compelling thriller that constantly introduces mysterious characters and features clever red herrings until everything sorts out nicely in the astonishing denouement. The story is suitably set in San Francisco, where the infamous doctor George Dummurier owns a private clinic but spends most of his time on the road with his mistress Jane. When George's actual wife unexpectedly dies from a fatal asthma-attack, he receives a two million dollar paycheck from the insurance company. This naturally raises questions, as everybody knew that the couple wasn't happily married. The police suspects George of murder, but things get even more complicated when a nightclub stripper, who's the reflecting image of George's dead wife, is frequently spotted in his company. Despite also being known as "Perversion Story", this movie mainly focuses on style and tension, and the only remotely gore sequence involves an autopsy on a decomposing body. The lack of further murders or sleaze is a bit of a weakness, but this is widely compensated by Fulci's concentration on coherence for a change, and the multiple tributes to classic Film Noirs and Alfred Hitchcock's repertoire. The acting performances are at least ten times better than usual in Italian horror productions, with Marisa Mell ("Danger: Diabolik!", "Seven Blood-Stained Orchids") and Jean Sorel ("Short Night of the Glass Dolls", "Lizard in a Woman's Skin") really leaving a good impression. The music by Riz Ortolani is mesmerizing, as always, the choreography is often very imaginative and there's some splendid camera-work with multiple great shots of San Francisco locations. In case you're an admirer of story-driven crime films, or just Italian cinema in general, this is definitely a movie you should keep an eye open for! You were the man, Lucio... And we miss miss you more every day!

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