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Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Non si sevizia un paperino (original title)
A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Roberto Gianviti (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Florinda Bolkan ... Maciara
Barbara Bouchet ... Patrizia
Tomas Milian ... Andrea Martelli
Irene Papas ... Dona Aurelia Avallone
Marc Porel ... Don Alberto Avallone
Georges Wilson ... Francesco (as George Wilson)
Antonello Campodifiori Antonello Campodifiori ... Lieutenant
Ugo D'Alessio Ugo D'Alessio ... Captain Modesti
Virgilio Gazzolo Virgilio Gazzolo ... Police Commissioner (as Virginio Gazzolo)
Vito Passeri Vito Passeri ... Barra
Rosalia Maggio Rosalia Maggio ... Mrs. Spriano - Michele's Mother
Andrea Aureli ... Mr. Lo Cascio - Bruno's Father
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Mrs. Lo Cascio - Bruno's Mother
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Mr. Spriano - Michele's Father
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Storyline

In the backward village of Accendura, the boy Bruno Lo Casio goes missing and the police inspector and the local commissioner and the village Captain Modesti investigate the case. When his father receives the request of a ransom, the police arrest the local Giuseppe and realize that he is innocent. Then the boys Michele and Tonino are also murdered and the police suspect of the local witch Maciara, who practices black magic, might be the killer but they find she is also innocent. However the superstitious and ignorant locals brutally kill her. Meanwhile that village is crowded of journalist, including the experienced Andrea Martelli (Tomas Milian) from Rome. He befriends Patrizi, a daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur that is living in the village after a drug scandal. They meet the village priest Don Alberto Avallone, who has a group of boys that plays soccer at the church and is the son of the weird Dona Aurelia Avallone that raises her slow six year-old daughter. They believe the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 September 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Torture a Duckling See more »

Filming Locations:

Matera, Basilicata, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Medusa Distribuzione See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While talking to Andrea (Tomas Milian), Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet) at a certain point says "A rose, by any other name". This is a quotation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", but also the name of the episode of Star Trek (1966) where Barbara Bouchet has appeared in 1968: "By any other name" (Season 2, Episode 22) See more »

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At one point during the fight scene near the end, a crew member's shadow can briefly be seen on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Patrizia: Which would you prefer, a kiss or money?
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Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay release is the complete, uncut version of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Diva (1981) See more »

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Quei giorni insieme a te
Composed by Jaja Fiastri and Riz Ortolani
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Lucio Fulci's masterpiece.
15 September 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Lucio Fulci's "Don't Torture a Duckling" paints an exceptionally unflattering portrait of small-town Sicily plagued by series of brutal murders of young boys.This surprisingly well-directed film(especially in comparison to later Fulci's gorefests)is distinguished by overall atmosphere of perversity,nastiness and two truly grotesque scenes of brutal violence.The soon-to-be-dead children are depicted as casually cruel and budding peeping toms;Bruno's near-seduction by the naked Patrizia(Barbara Bouchet)really has to be seen to be believed.Highly recommended-especially in pair with my another cult favourite "House with the Windows That Laugh"(1976).


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