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Don't Look Now (1973)

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Daphne Du Maurier (story), Allan Scott (screenplay) (as Alan Scott) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julie Christie ... Laura Baxter
Donald Sutherland ... John Baxter
Hilary Mason ... Heather
Clelia Matania ... Wendy
Massimo Serato ... Bishop Barbarrigo
Renato Scarpa ... Inspector Longhi
Giorgio Trestini Giorgio Trestini ... Workman
Leopoldo Trieste ... Hotel Manager
David Tree ... Anthony Babbage
Ann Rye Ann Rye ... Mandy Babbage
Nicholas Salter Nicholas Salter ... Johnny Baxter
Sharon Williams ... Christine Baxter
Bruno Cattaneo Bruno Cattaneo ... Detective Sabbione
Adelina Poerio ... Dwarf
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Storyline

John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Daphne du Maurier's shattering psychic thriller. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was not received well by Venetians, particularly the councillors who were afraid it would scare away tourists. See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom scene, John Baxter steps over Laura's clothes, piled on the floor. Among them is a pair of tights, which she was clearly not wearing in the preceding scene (in which she undresses). See more »

Quotes

Bishop Barbarrigo: [while passing by a dilapidated church] The churches belong to God, but he doesn't seem to care about them.
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Alternate Versions

The region 1 DVD released by Paramount contains the full love scene which was slightly trimmed for an "R" rating in the U.S. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Unconditional Love (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Lu Primmo Ammore
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Giorgio Gaber, Umberto Simonetta and Enrico Vaime
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User Reviews

One of the great mysteries. How was it forgotten?
3 December 1998 | by Richard-82See all my reviews

"Don't Look Now" was released at about the time of "The Excorcist". There is otherwise no basis for comparison between these movies. While the Excorcist hits us in the face with the equivalent of a special effects rubber chicken, "Don't Look Now" manages to get under your skin from the very first scene, and gradually, elegantly insinuates itself into a place where your childhood and adult fears dwell and steep. Its setting in Venice is both beautiful and menacing. Something terrible is always just around the corner from our conscious mind. It is also troubling, and, as only a good movie can, leaves more questions unanswered than resolved. Without a doubt, it contains one of the most beautiful loves scenes ever filmed, showing scenes of Christie and Sutherland in genuinely erotic (by '70's standards) lovemaking, mixed with scenes of the couple as they dress and prepare for their day, the following morning. Director Nicolas Roeg is a forgotten Master.


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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Calle di Mezzo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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