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Eye of the Devil (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 31 March 1968 (UK)
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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

This movie was filmed at Chateau de Hautefort in Dordogne, France. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Catherine de Montfaucon: What are you seeking Philippe?
Philippe de Montfaucon: Am I seeking, or am I being sought?
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Crazy Credits

The Turner print has the main title as "Eye of the Devil" but the ending credit lists the title as "13". See more »

Alternate Versions

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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Referenced in Jay Dyer: They Are Throwing it in Our Face (2019) See more »

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Loaded with ominous foreboding
29 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Okay spooker is missing some important back-story that would make it more compelling. Niven is disengaged in the lead, leaving a slackness to the main thrust of the movie but Deborah Kerr is suitably panicked as the questioning wife. What a supporting cast though! Flora Robson, Edward Mulhare, Emlyn Williams all contribute little bits of color and Donald Pleasance is ideally cast as an ominous presence who keeps popping, up his liquid eyes betraying nothing but giving the viewer the creeps nonetheless. David Hemmings has little to do but stare into the distance and give off an unpleasant vibe which he does well while being disturbing in his beauty. Speaking of beauty, this was Sharon Tate's first big role in her regrettably short career and she gets the corresponding introducing credit , man alive was she breathtaking! She gives an appropriate performance all glacial looks and dreamy line readings, the part doesn't demand more than that. But the camera loved her and when she's on screen you look at no one else, a vital component of a star. Would she have achieved that position? Who knows but the ingredients where definitely there. The black & white photography is most evocative and was a wise choice to set the proper tone for the piece. Not a great film by any means but a decent view near Halloween.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1968 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Filmways Pictures See more »
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Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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