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Devil in the Flesh (1986)

Diavolo in corpo (original title)
X | | Drama, Romance | 22 May 1987 (USA)
An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her fiancée is in jail for being involved in a radical movement, and she spends much time in... See full summary »

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Marco Bellocchio (story), Enrico Palandri (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maruschka Detmers ... Giulia
Federico Pitzalis Federico Pitzalis ... Andrea
Anita Laurenzi Anita Laurenzi ... Mrs. Pulcini
Alberto Di Stasio Alberto Di Stasio ... Professor Raimondi
Riccardo De Torrebruna Riccardo De Torrebruna ... Giacomo Pulcini
Catherine Diamant Catherine Diamant ... Mrs. Raimondi
Anna Orso Anna Orso ... Mrs. Dozza
Lidia Broccolino Lidia Broccolino ... Terrorist
Stefano Abbati Stefano Abbati ... Terrorist
Claudio Botosso Claudio Botosso ... Don Pisacane
Germano Basile Germano Basile
Brunella Casolari Brunella Casolari
Luciano D'Amico Luciano D'Amico
Lorenzo D'Avanzo Lorenzo D'Avanzo
Raffaele De Nuccio Raffaele De Nuccio
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Storyline

An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her fiancée is in jail for being involved in a radical movement, and she spends much time in court providing moral support. At first she resists the student's advances, but eventually begins an affair with him. Their situation is condemned by her family and his father, who is the woman's psychologist. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil in the Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$546,904
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Controversial as the first major film in recent memory to feature a well-known, mainstream actress performing an unsimulated sex act on screen. Maruschka Detmers later expressed some regret at the scene because she said it overshadowed her other accomplishments. See more »

Quotes

Giulia: Hi.
Andrea: Hi.
Giulia: What's wrong?
Andrea: Nothing.
Giulia: Hey what's wrong? You're already tired of me?
Andrea: No. It's nothing, just that I had a little argument with my father.
Giulia: Little?
[laughs]
Giulia: What did he say?
Andrea: He's angry that we're seeing each other.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of this film exist. The original, European edit (released unrated on video in North America) contains an explicit scene of oral sex. There is also an R-rated version with this scene removed. The uncut version was broadcast by accident on Canadian TV a few years ago. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Body On Fire
Written by Dombey and Carlo Crivelli (as Crivelli)
Sung by Carlo Crivelli
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Oh . . . my . . . God.
23 July 2004 | by dmsesquireSee all my reviews

This 1986 Italian-French remake of the 1946 film of the same name turns up the heat early, and doesn't let us come up for air. The story is about a high-school student (Federico Pitzalis) who can't keep his eyes off the mysteriously beautiful young woman (played by Dutch phenom Maruschka Detmers) who lives next door to the school. One day, he follows her, and his persistence pays off. There's only one problem: She's engaged to a sketchy character (Riccardo De Torrebruna) who may or may not have committed a heinous crime, and if he repents, will probably be let off with a slap on the wrist. Also, the young woman is a little "funny in the head", and this is corroborated when we discover she has been seeing the boy's father, who is a psychiatrist. Giulia's emotional instability is only equalled by her prodigious sexual desires. Hot, hot, hot, from the word go, with handsome leads and a bombshell performance from Detmers, who plays us like a yo-yo (as she does the boy) from scene to scene, with enough suspense to keep us guessing right up until--and even after--the end. Available in R and X (!) rated versions.


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