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Don't Torture a Duckling -- In a small Italian village, pre adolescent boys are turning up dead and evidence points to either the local witch (Florinda Bolkan), or a beautiful, bored, city girl (Barbara Bouchet) hiding out after a drug scandal...

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Lucio Fulci (story) and
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Release Date:
29 September 1972 (Italy) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Florinda Bolkan ... Maciara

Barbara Bouchet ... Patrizia

Tomas Milian ... Andrea Martelli

Irene Papas ... Dona Aurelia Avallone
Marc Porel ... Don Alberto Avallone
Georges Wilson ... Francesco (as George Wilson)
Antonello Campodifiori ... Lieutenant
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fausta Avelli ... Malvina (uncredited)
Gianfranco Barra ... Impallomeni (uncredited)
John Bartha ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Borromel ... Barra (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Cicely Browne ... Hooker (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Police Commissioner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Duilio Cruciani ... Mario (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Maciara (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... John (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Martelli (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Captain Modesti (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Don Semeraro ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Cop / Reporter (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Patrizia (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Dan Sturkie ... Francesco / LoCascio (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Don Alberto (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
Lucio Fulci (story) and
Roberto Gianviti (story)

Lucio Fulci (screenplay) and
Roberto Gianviti (screenplay) and
Gianfranco Clerici (screenplay)

Produced by
Renato Jaboni .... executive producer (as Renato Iaboni)
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani  (as Ritz Ortolani)
Cinematography by
Sergio D'Offizi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli 
Production Design by
Pier Luigi Basile  (as Pierluigi Basile)
Set Decoration by
Pier Luigi Basile  (as Pierluigi Basile)
Costume Design by
Marisa Crimi 
Makeup Department
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist
Nilo Jacoponi .... makeup artist (as Nilo Iacoponi)
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist (as Rosetta Luciani)
Maurizio Trani .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Agostino Pane .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Cinieri .... assistant director
Art Department
Pier Luigi Basile .... set designer (as Pierluigi Basile)
Sound Department
Massimo Iabone .... sound (as Massimo Iaboni)
Ezio Marcorin .... sound effects editor
Aurelio Pennacchia .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator (as Gianni Bergamini)
Giorgio Garibaldi Schwarze .... still photographer (as G.B. Schwarze)
Enrico Lucidi .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisabetta Poccioni .... assistant costume designer (as Elisabetta Pocioni)
Editorial Department
Bruno Micheli .... assistant editor
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor (as Ritz Ortolani)
Other crew
Donato Bitetto .... production assistant
Massimo Civilotti .... production assistant
Valerio Ferri .... administrator
Valerio Ferri .... paymaster
Roberto Giandalia .... script supervisor
Ennio Balbo .... voice dubbing: Ugo D'Alessio (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Tomas Milian (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Barbara Bouchet (uncredited)
Gianni Marzocchi .... voice dubbing: John Bartha (uncredited)
Anna Miserocchi .... voice dubbing: Irene Papas (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Florinda Bolkan (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Non si sevizia un paperino" - Italy (original title)
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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) | Denmark:15 | France:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:18 (cut) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated
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Did You Know?

Because of the film's controversial storyline, which criticized the Catholic Church, the movie was blacklisted and received a limited theatrical run throughout Europe and was never released in theaters in the United States. In 2000, Anchor Bay secured the rights and released the film for the first time in the United States on DVD.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007)See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Grade A Thriller, 13 July 2006
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Sporting a title seemingly more suitable for a Looney Tunes featurette than a grisly giallo, "Don't Torture a Duckling" (1972) is nonetheless a Grade A thriller from horror maestro Lucio Fulci. In this one, someone has been strangling the preteen boys in a rural, southern Italian village and, typical for these gialli, there are many suspects. There's Barbara Bouchet (Patrizia), looking more scrumptiolicious than you've ever seen her, a rich girl hiding out after a drug scandal; Florinda Bolkan (Martiara), the local epileptic voodoo woman; her witchcraft-practicing beau; Giuseppe, the local idiot; the sweet-faced priest; his dour mother; and on and on. The film features some unusually violent set pieces, including a chain whipping of one of the main characters in a graveyard (one of the most realistically bloody sequences that I've ever seen) and a nifty dukeout when the killer is ultimately revealed. The film's bursts of violence compensate for the fact that there are no real scares or suspense to speak of. Still, this giallo fascinates, with its unusual rural backdrop, unsettling child murders, oddball characters, and freaky score by Riz Ortolani. The film has been beautifully photographed in what I presume to be Monte Sant'Angelo, near the Adriatic in southern Italy (at least, that town's police force is thanked in the closing credits). And while subtitling would've made this fine-looking DVD work even better (the American slang doesn't convince in this rural Italian setting), Anchor Bay is to be thanked for another job well done. Oh...that title DOES eventually make perfect sense, too!

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