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Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Non si sevizia un paperino (original title)
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

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Maciara
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Patrizia
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Andrea Martelli
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Dona Aurelia Avallone
Marc Porel ...
Don Alberto Avallone
Georges Wilson ...
Francesco (as George Wilson)
Antonello Campodifiori ...
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Ugo D'Alessio ...
Captain Modesti
Virgilio Gazzolo ...
Police Commissioner (as Virginio Gazzolo)
Vito Passeri ...
Barra
Rosalia Maggio ...
Mrs. Spriano - Michele's Mother
Andrea Aureli ...
Mr. Lo Cascio - Bruno's Father
Linda Sini ...
Mrs. Lo Cascio - Bruno's Mother
Franco Balducci ...
Mr. Spriano - Michele's Father
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

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Don't Torture a Duckling  »

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Trivia

While talking to Andrea (Tomas Milian), Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet) at a certain point says "A rose, by any other name". This is a quotation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", but also the name of the episode of Star Trek (1966) where Barbara Bouchet has appeared in 1968: "By any other name" (Season 2, Episode 22) See more »

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At one point during the fight scene near the end, a crew member's shadow can briefly be seen on the ground. See more »

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Composed by Luis Bacalov
Performed by Riccardo Cocciante
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And Now for Something Completely Different
22 September 2000 | by (Springfield, Pa) – See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect when I rented this widescreen DVD. I knew it had a cult following but I had also seen a lot of the director's later works which although delightfully gory were also pretty much incoherent. DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING actually had a linear storyline and a mystery that kept me guessing almost until the end. And after all was said and done, it was a genuinely unsettling and creepy experience. One major caveat: I would much rather have heard the original soundtrack and read English subtitles than the uneven dubbing found here.


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