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Eye of the Devil (1966)

Not Rated | | Crime , Horror , Mystery | July 1966 (UK)
Workers employed at a French vineyard 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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Cast

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 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 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 himself to save the crops. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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vineyard | dove | ritual | estate | france | See All (33) »

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Look at her long enough and she may be the last thing you'll ever see! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

13 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally Kim Novak was cast in the role of Catherine de Montfaucon. Filming began in the fall of 1965 in France. Near every scene had been filmed when Kim Novak fell from a horse and wasn't able to complete her scenes. Deborah Kerr was hired to take over and every scene that featured Miss Novak had to be re-shot with her replacement. See more »

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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The Devil's Vines
25 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

David Niven and Deborah Kerr who both have been in better films star in Eye Of The Devil concerning the secrets and obligations of a certain French aristocratic family to their land and the peasants there on. Niven is of old French nobility and he married Kerr without telling her all about said obligations.

Way back maybe to Charlemagne's days one of the aristocrats in this wine producing part of France made a deal with old Scratch that a sacrifice would be made to him if the grapevines start withering and not yielding the good grapes. Ultimately the devil demands the head of the family yield himself up for the harvest.

So when Niven starts acting all mysterious and wants to head to the family estate himself, Kerr insists on taking the herself and the kids with him. She gets quite an education in satanic rights.

One thing the Eye Of The Devil does have is one consistently creepy atmosphere. But the leads really don't have much conviction. Donald Pleasance who is the village priest and in league with all the devil worship is his usual evil self. And a pair of beautiful devil worshiping twins David Hemmings and Sharon Tate are beautiful and deadly.

Niven and Kerr had looks that said they'd rather be doing something else. They're what keeps Eye Of The Devil from being a great horror classic.


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