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Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Non si sevizia un paperino (original title)
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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.

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Lucio Fulci

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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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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

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Ignorance, Superstition and Children Murders
5 March 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

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 (Ugo D'Alessio) 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 (Florinda Bolkan), 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 Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet), a daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur that is living in the village after a drug scandal. They meet the village priest Don Alberto Avallone (Marc Poreli), who has a group of boys that plays soccer at the church and is the son of the weird Dona Aurelia Avallone (Irene Papas) that raises her slow six year-old daughter. They believe the child has witnessed the murders and might know who the killer is.

"Non si sevizia un paperino" is a violent giallo bu Lucio Fulci, with a story with perversions that are sort of taboo in Hollywood. The three boys and Giuseppe are voyeurs; Patrizia is drug addicted and pedophile; Don Alberto is a serial-killer that wants to keep the innocence of the boys. The graphic violence of the four men against Maciara is impressive. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Estranho Segredo do Bosque dos Sonhos" ("The Strange Secret of the Woodland of the Dreams")


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