Workers employed at a French vineyard quietly follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

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J. Lee Thompson

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Robin Estridge (screenplay), Dennis Murphy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Catherine de Montfaucon
David Niven ... Philippe de Montfaucon
Donald Pleasence ... Pere Dominic
Edward Mulhare ... Jean-Claude Ibert
Flora Robson ... Countess Estell
Emlyn Williams ... Alain de Montfaucon
Sharon Tate ... Odile de Caray
David Hemmings ... Christian de Caray
John Le Mesurier ... Dr. Monnet
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Grandec
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Rennard
Pauline Letts Pauline Letts ... Marianne
Robert Duncan Robert Duncan ... Jacques de Montfaucon
Suky Appleby Suky Appleby ... Antoinette de Montfaucon
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Vineyard owner Marquis Philippe de Montfaucon (David Niven) is called back to his castle Bellenac because of another dry season. He asks his wife and children to remain in Paris, but they still come after him. His wife Catherine de Montfaucon (Deborah Kerr) soon discovers that her husband is acting mysteriously and that his employees are following old pagan rituals that call for the life of the Marquis to save the crops. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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Sidney J. Furie and Michael Anderson were originally approached to direct. See more »

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David Niven's character, Philippe, goes to a vineyard to inspect grapes, wearing a blazer with a button-down oxford underneath. After a cutaway scene to a different character, the view returns to Philippe in the vineyard. He is still wearing the same oxford but now he has a covering sweater-vest on instead of the blazer. See more »

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Catherine de Montfaucon: It isn't that I lack respect, father. It's just that I - I want to understand.
Pere Dominic: Understanding is not always necessary. In deed, sometimes, it is not possible.
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The "Turner" print uses "Eye of the Devil" as the main title; but, the end credit lists the title as "13". This print has a running time of 95 minutes. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Witches (1996) See more »

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Entertaining British Chiller, with an all star cast.
18 July 2007 | by suemartin23264See all my reviews

Eye of the Devil is a little - known horror from the mid - Sixties. David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasance, Flora Robson, Sharon Tate and so many more star in this, so it must be some good for them to sign up. Being in the UK, I caught this on TCM 2 last night. There was nothing else on, and I hadn't seen this before, so I turned off all the lights (as is customary) and settled down.

The movie is about a French Marquis, who owns a vineyard in France. When the vineyard's produce prove to be very little, and the produce that it has produced is dry and worthless, he has to return to France to set things right. He leaves his wife (Deborah Kerr) and his two children, tells them not to follow him, and leaves. However, curiosity gets the better of his wife, and she does indeed follow him, with their two children. However, what she discovers there is no less than horrifying...

Eye of the Devil oozes atmosphere, the performances are good, and the plot is strong enough to keep the audience's attention held. Sure, there are some plot holes and goofs, but if you can overlook these, and enjoy this for what it is, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

As an afterthought, this is probably one of the first films to ever portray pagan rituals on film. Although the world renowned - "Wicker Man" - is supposed to be the King of this genre, it probably took a lot of its ideas from this. It's a pre - Wicker Man. That's probably why its so little known. The film industry want to milk The Wicker Man and overlook this. The Wicker Man is indeed a good film, but not the first to deal with pagans.

Wherever you are in the world, if you receive the TCM channel, then you'll probably have a good chance of catching this on the TV. TCM now own the copyright to this film as far as my own knowledge goes, so, if you're a fan of this movie, then you know who to ask for a DVD release!


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Release Date:

31 March 1968 (UK) See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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