In the 21st Century, where a human vs. human "Big Hunt" is used as an alternative to war, a veteran huntress agrees to kill a "victim" to get a major TV sponsorship deal, but romantic entanglements between the two complicate matters.

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Elio Petri

Writers:

Robert Sheckley (story "The Seventh Victim"), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... Lidia Poletti
George Wang ... Chinese Hunter
Evi Rigano Evi Rigano ... Victim
Walter Williams Walter Williams ... Martin Tibbett
Richard Armstrong Richard Armstrong ... Cole
Antonio Ciani Antonio Ciani
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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>

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The Motion Picture that gives comedy something to shoot at! See more »


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Kim Novak auditioned for the female lead. See more »

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Masoch Club Manager: The rules of the Big Hunt are quite easy, yet they are of great importance. The 21st Century... shall be the one that has legalized violence! Rule Number 1: each member is obliged to take ten hunts; five as a Hunter, five as a Victim, alternately. Each pair of Hunter and Victim is chosen electronically by a computer in Geneva. Rule Number 2: the Hunter shall know all about his Victim - name, address... habits, too. Rule Number 3: the Victim shall not be told who his Hunter is. He must find out....
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Spiral Waltz
Written by Piero Piccioni
Lyrics by Sergio Bardotti
Performed by Mina
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A wonderful example of 60s pop art filmmaking,Italian-style.
3 June 2000 | by jisenhathSee all my reviews

As a wonderful example of 60s pop art filmmaking, Elio Petri has taken many of the decade's most popular culture crazes (the Bond films, Courreges fashions, discotheque jazz, etc.) and used them with great success to give a plausible look to a highly improbable (in 1965!) future world. Petri's digs at Mad Ave advertising and humanity's relentless pursuit of fame and money (no matter the price) are on-target, and his delight in mocking societal idiosyncrasies (the sun worshipers) is priceless. However, at the heart of The Tenth Victim is the old-fashioned battle-of-the-sexes plot (still very popular in the mid-60s), and yet Petri has the upper hand by his spoofing of the romantic-comedy genre and giving us instead a deliciously amusing trifle that is fun to watch for its joking attitude towards everything it depicts, including Marcello and Ursula! To one reviewer who found it outdated, it must be remembered that this film was made 35 years ago and so it naturally has nothing to do with today's standards - and why should it? That's like dismissing Griffith's Intolerance because it's a silent film!


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Release Date:

20 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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