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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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  (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)
Domenico Semeraro .... body double (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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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:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Madness Takes Many Forms, 23 February 2010
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Set in and near a poor working class town in the mountains of rural Italy, it's a story of madness. The landscape may be quite picturesque, but there's madness herein, concealed behind the mask of a person who seems outwardly normal. This person kills little children.

In style and tone this film resembles Dario Argento's famous Italian giallos, those fascinating whodunit horror films, except that Argento's films are much better looking. Still, the visuals in Fulci's "Don't Torture A Duckling" are competent, with some interesting compositions and lighting. Lightning and thunder on a rainy night enhances suspense in one sequence wherein one of the "ducklings" is vulnerably alone.

In one sequence the gore is a bit overdone. But this is no slasher film. A legitimate theme undergirds the story. And that theme is that madness can take many unexpected forms, not just the obvious delusions of people who practice voodoo or black magic.

Plenty of red herrings render the puzzle solution difficult if the viewer doesn't assume an agenda on the part of the director. Don't dismiss someone who might not seem to be a suspect. The twist near the end provides good misdirection. However, in one scene midway through, a line of dialogue could have been added to clarify the relationship between two characters, one of whom is the murderer. The film's finale takes place on a beautiful mountaintop with the wind whistling in the background. We see flashbacks to clues and get insights into the killer's mindset.

I don't care for the film's widescreen projection. But background music is effective, and ranges from jarringly creepy at the beginning to low-key jazz, to indigenous Italian songs. Acting is generally average, though in a couple of cases, it's a bit overdone.

Though not as visually brilliant as Argento's giallos, "Don't Torture A Duckling" nevertheless is a fine film, one that contains a thematic storyline and enough of a whodunit puzzle to interest most viewers who like thrillers and murder mysteries.

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