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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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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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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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A classic tale of the perverse from director Lucio Fulci.


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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 »

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Medusa Distribuzione See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Because of the film's controversial storyline, which criticized the Catholic Church, the movie was blacklisted and received a limited theatrical run throughout Europe and was never released in theaters in the United States. In 2000, Anchor Bay secured the rights and released the film for the first time in the United States on DVD. 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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Excellent Mystery Film From Lucio Fulci
9 February 2006 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is one of Fulci's earlier (and honestly, in terms of story-line, better...) films - and although not the typical "bloodbath" that Fulci is known for - this is still a very unique and enjoyable film.

The story surrounds a small town where a series of child murders are occurring. Some of the colorful characters involved in the investigations - either as suspects, or those "helping" the investigation (or in some cases both) - include the towns police force, a small-time reporter, a beautiful and rich ex-drug addict, a young priest and his mother, An old man who practices witchcraft and his female protégé, a mentally handicapped townsman, and a deaf/mute little girl. All of these people are interwoven into the plot to create several twists and turns, until the actual killer is revealed...

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is neither a "classical" giallo or a typical Fulci gore film. Although it does contain elements of both - it is more of an old-fashioned murder mystery, with darker subject matter and a few scenes of graphic violence (although nothing nearly as strong as some of Fulci's later works). This is a well written film with lots of twists that kept me guessing up until the end. Recommended for giallo/murder-mystery fans, or anyone looking to check out some of Fulci's non-splatter films - but don't despair, DON'T TORTURE still has more than it's fair share of violence and sleaze. Some may be put off by the subject of the child killings, and one main female character has a strange habit of hitting on very young boys, which is also kind of disconcerting - but if that type of material doesn't bother you, then definitely give this one a look. 8.5/10


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