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The Evil Eye (1963)

La ragazza che sapeva troppo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 20 May 1964 (USA)
7:00 | Clip
A mystery novel-loving American tourist witnesses a murder in Rome, and soon finds herself and her suitor caught up in a series of killings.


Mario Bava


Ennio De Concini (story and screenplay) (as Ennio de' Concini), Sergio Corbucci (story and screenplay) (as Enzo Corbucci) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
John Saxon ... Dr. Marcello Bassi
Letícia Román ... Nora Davis / Nora Drowson (as Leticia Roman)
Valentina Cortese ... Laura Craven-Torrani
Titti Tomaino Titti Tomaino ... Inspector
Luigi Bonos ... Albergo Stelletta
Milo Quesada ... De Vico / Paccini
Robert Buchanan Robert Buchanan ... Dr. Alessi
Marta Melocco ... Murder Victim
Gustavo De Nardo ... Dr. Facchetti
Lucia Modugno ... Nurse
Giovanni Di Benedetto Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Professor Torrani (as Gianni De Benedetto)
Franco Moruzzi Franco Moruzzi ... Policeman (as Franco Morici)
Virginia Doro Virginia Doro ... Torrani's Maid
Dante DiPaolo Dante DiPaolo ... Andrea Landini (as Dante Di Paolo)


Nora is a young tourist traveling through Rome which takes a sudden turn when she witnesses a murder by a serial killer that the police have sought for years for the so-called Alphabet Killings, and Nora soon finds herself in way-over-her-head trouble when the police want her cooperation to catch the killer while the mystery killer soon targets her for his next victim. Written by Anonymous

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LOOK...and you cannot look away for everywhere you turn it's there...watching...waiting to strike! See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Regarded as the seminal work in what became known as the "Giallo" genre. See more »


There are two shots of the scene where policeman finds Nora in the movie. They are not the same. Most obvious difference is that in the first shot policeman slides to Nora, while in the second he just runs to her. See more »


Dr. Marcello Bassi: What happened to you is easily explained. You were tired from the trip, shocked by poor Mrs Ethel's death. Add to that the fright of being attacked and mugged. It's to be expected that you should have a breakdown.
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Alternate Versions

AIP released this as The Evil Eye, a recut version with material used just in some countries out of Italy. See more »


Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Girl Who Knew Too Much (2013) See more »


(Appears in the Italian version)
Sung by Adriano Celentano
Written and Composed by Adriano Celentano (as Adicel) and Paolo Vivarelli (as Vivarelli)
Published by Edizioni Nazionalmusic and Disco Jolly
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One of Bava's best giallo
11 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Very good suspense, excellent photography, and negligent characterizations comprise this class-A terror package from Italian genre pro Bava. Romain is sufficiently terrified, and photographs well in stark B & W. Saxon is strictly sleepwalking through this Italian work/vacation. A woman comes to stay with an elderly relative in Rome; finding her dead on her first night in town, she runs into the street and ends up being robbed and possibly witnessing a murder. Of course, in true Giallo form, no one believes her and she spends a lot of time receiving threatening phone calls. Not much of a shocker ending, but with plenty of payoff along the way.

Bava was a director by this point, but he had just left behind a career in film photography a few years before making this film, and it shows in the excellent visual qualities of this film (as well as all his films, even the worst of them). One thing I find interesting is that Bava is known for his black and white photography, but also developed interesting techniques with lighting in color that allow him to use the same type of shadow/alternating light effects that work in black and white in color films. I've noticed these types of effects in other Italian films, but none so striking or consistent as in Bava's films, which leads me to believe he is one of the innovators of this style. Despite the often wonderful results achieved by Bava as a color-film director, his black and white film "Black Sunday" is best regarded, and I think "Evil Eye" should be given a second look, because it seems that with black and white Bava is at his best.

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