6.7/10
3,183
40 user 64 critic

The 10th Victim (1965)

La decima vittima (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 20 December 1965 (USA)
Trailer
1:22 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Robert Sheckley (story "The Seventh Victim"), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Irene Papas, Gabriele Ferzetti
The Assassin (1961)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Alfredo Martelli is picked up by the police at his apartment without justification. In the precinct, he slowly discovers what the investigation is about as we discover details about his life.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni
Todo modo (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Party leader and power broker Aldo Moro, holed up with his cronies and rivals at a monastic retreat where they plot their political fortunes while being led by a Jesuit cleric in spiritual cleansings.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Marcello Mastroianni, Mariangela Melato
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A middle-aged plumber quits his job and questions his life after seeing somebody his own age suddenly die from a heart attack on his way to work.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Salvo Randone, Franco Sportelli, Regina Bianchi
Lulu the Tool (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Primary school teacher Mr. Mombelli, nevertheless satisfied with his life, is driven by his wife to resign and starting a new activity. He invest all his goodwill setting up a footwear ... See full summary »

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Claire Bloom, Vito De Taranto
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A bank cashier, who's allergic to banknotes, quits his job after an armed robbery. He decides to start a new life, as a thief. He starts by targeting a popular former client, a butcher. But being a neurotic Marxist has its drawbacks.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi
Good News (1979)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A disaffected media executive who spends his days watching violent programming on the six television screens in his office and his evenings is neglecting his frustrated wife at home.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Ángela Molina, Aurore Clément
Casanova 70 (1965)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The amorous adventures of Andrea Rossi-Colombotti, an army officer who finds pleasure with beautiful women in life-threatening situations.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Marisa Mell
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rich and sadistic man, who enjoys degrading women as part of elaborate S&M games, abducts a female journalist. She is subjected to his unpleasant games but soon begins subverting him.

Director: Piero Schivazappa
Stars: Philippe Leroy, Dagmar Lassander, Lorenza Guerrieri
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello Poletti
Ursula Andress ... Caroline Meredith
Elsa Martinelli ... Olga
Salvo Randone ... Professor
Massimo Serato ... Lawyer Rossi
Milo Quesada ... Rudi
Luce Bonifassy Luce Bonifassy ... Lidia Poletti
George Wang ... Chinese attacker
Evi Rigano Evi Rigano ... Victim
Walter Williams Walter Williams ... Martin Tibbett
Richard Armstrong Richard Armstrong ... Cole
Antonio Ciani Antonio Ciani
Edit

Storyline

A campy futuristic tale where people hunt one another for sport. In this film, Victim and Hunter run around Italy trying to score a kill in front of the movie crews they arranged so they could make commercials from the footage. Written by <jnight@lainet.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's murderously funny! See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

20 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 10th Victim See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kim Novak auditioned for the female lead. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: One enemy a day keeps the doctor away.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in CQ (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Spiral Waltz
Written by Piero Piccioni
Lyrics by Sergio Bardotti
Performed by Mina
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Clever But Thin
3 February 2008 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

According to film lore, actor Marcello Mastroianni was so impressed with a short-story by science-fiction author Robert Sheckley that he sent it to director Elio Petri. The result was a groundbreaking Italian film that alternately shocked and amused audiences of 1965--and which, like the 1976 NETWORK, proved prophetic re the rise of "reality television." Set in a future imagined in terms of minimalist 1960s fashion and design movements, THE 10TH VICTIM (LA DECIMA VITTIMA) presents us with a world that has sublimated the human race's hunger for violence into a game known as "The Big Hunt." Register as a member and you become predator and prey, with each player seeking to survive while killing ten others in order to win fame, fortune, and national acclaim.

American Caroline Meredith (Ursla Andress) is particularly celebrated and--after dispatching her ninth victim via her boobytrapped bra--is eager to win the grand prize by taking out her tenth: Italian Marcello Polletti (Marcello Mastroianni.) But an advertiser promises her even bigger bucks if she can turn it into a television ad for his product, creating a situation in which Caroline cannot simply kill Marcello at will: she must do it at a particular place and time where the cameras will be rolling.

In order to accomplish this, Caroline decides to seduce Marcello with both her body and the lure of cash--which he badly needs--for a television interview. Marcello is no fool, and even as Caroline plans to blow his head off for benefit of television he's signing his own advertising deal to accomplish her death by crocodile. But there's a further complication: even as they attempt to maneuver each other into death, they also unwillingly fall in love.

THE 10TH VICTIM was extremely celebrated in 1965; today, however, it reads as slightly thin. We've become used to the idea of people who are willing to do just about anything on television, and the idea of murder by game show isn't nearly so far-fetched as it used to be. The film scores, however, in its specific ideas, which range from exploding boots to a government that occasionally switches out your apartment's furniture whether you like it or not. The DVD transfer is quite nice, but bonuses are limited to cast notes and the theatrical trailer. Recommended, but mainly for fans of 1960s futurism who haven't lost their sense of humor! GFT, Amazon Reviewer


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed