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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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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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Excellent Mystery Film From Lucio Fulci See more (74 total) »


  (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?

Composer Riz Ortolani reused a small segment of music from this film in his later composition for Cannibal Holocaust (1980).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 Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Mystery Film From Lucio Fulci, 9 February 2006
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is one of Fulci's earlier (and honestly, in terms of story-line, better...) films - and although not the typical "bloodbath" that Fulci is known for - this is still a very unique and enjoyable film.

The story surrounds a small town where a series of child murders are occurring. Some of the colorful characters involved in the investigations - either as suspects, or those "helping" the investigation (or in some cases both) - include the towns police force, a small-time reporter, a beautiful and rich ex-drug addict, a young priest and his mother, An old man who practices witchcraft and his female protégé, a mentally handicapped townsman, and a deaf/mute little girl. All of these people are interwoven into the plot to create several twists and turns, until the actual killer is revealed...

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is neither a "classical" giallo or a typical Fulci gore film. Although it does contain elements of both - it is more of an old-fashioned murder mystery, with darker subject matter and a few scenes of graphic violence (although nothing nearly as strong as some of Fulci's later works). This is a well written film with lots of twists that kept me guessing up until the end. Recommended for giallo/murder-mystery fans, or anyone looking to check out some of Fulci's non-splatter films - but don't despair, DON'T TORTURE still has more than it's fair share of violence and sleaze. Some may be put off by the subject of the child killings, and one main female character has a strange habit of hitting on very young boys, which is also kind of disconcerting - but if that type of material doesn't bother you, then definitely give this one a look. 8.5/10

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