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Don't Look Now (1973)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  January 1974 (USA)
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.



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Complete credited cast:
Hilary Mason ...
Clelia Matania ...
Massimo Serato ...
Renato Scarpa ...
Giorgio Trestini ...
Leopoldo Trieste ...
David Tree ...
Ann Rye ...
Nicholas Salter ...
Johnny Baxter
Sharon Williams ...
Christine Baxter
Bruno Cattaneo ...
Detective Sabbione
Adelina Poerio ...


John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Release Date:

January 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inverno de Sangue em Veneza  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 790,825 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pino Donaggio was chosen as the films composer after one of the producers had an inspiring vision when he saw Donaggio riding on a gondola during location scouting in Venice. See more »


When John climbs the scaffold, the camera follows him from the priest and up to the top of the church and he has gloves on the entire way. However, when the camera briefly switches from him to the workers below and back to him, his gloves are gone and do not return for the rest of the scene. See more »


Heather: One of the things I love about Venice, is that it's so safe for me to walk.
John Baxter: Steps.
Heather: Thank you... The sound changes, you see, as you come to a canal. And the echoes from the walls are so clear... My sister hates it.
John Baxter: That's too bad.
Heather: She says it's like a city in aspic, wrapped over from a dinner party, where all the guests are dead or gone.
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Referenced in Waking the Dead (2000) See more »


Music by Emidio Remigi
Lyrics by Vito Pallavicini
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One of the great mysteries. How was it forgotten?
3 December 1998 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

"Don't Look Now" was released at about the time of "The Excorcist". There is otherwise no basis for comparison between these movies. While the Excorcist hits us in the face with the equivalent of a special effects rubber chicken, "Don't Look Now" manages to get under your skin from the very first scene, and gradually, elegantly insinuates itself into a place where your childhood and adult fears dwell and steep. Its setting in Venice is both beautiful and menacing. Something terrible is always just around the corner from our conscious mind. It is also troubling, and, as only a good movie can, leaves more questions unanswered than resolved. Without a doubt, it contains one of the most beautiful loves scenes ever filmed, showing scenes of Christie and Sutherland in genuinely erotic (by '70's standards) lovemaking, mixed with scenes of the couple as they dress and prepare for their day, the following morning. Director Nicolas Roeg is a forgotten Master.

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