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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 8 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>

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It's utter MADNESS! See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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UK | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Now See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book on John's desk in the opening sequence is entitled "Beyond the Fragile Geometry of Space" - yet another ominous foreshadowing. 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

Inspector Longhi: The skill of police artists is to make the living appear dead.
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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 »


Soundtracks

I Colori di Dicembre
(uncredited)
Written by Pino Donaggio and Giorgio Calabrese
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Erotic Gothic Thriller
28 February 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

Don't Look Now(1973) has been badly negleted by many film viewers does to its enematic nature. The first five to fifteen minutes are splendidly edited. Don't Look Now(1973) is based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Borrows somes themes from the Alfred Hitchcock film of another ghost story by the author called Rebecca(1940). The film score by Pino Donaggio beats anything he has done for Brian De Palma except for Carrie(1976). Don't Look Now(1973) may have been influenced by a similar themed pic called Who Saw Her Die?(1971).

Nicolas Roeg does an excellent job in filming scenes of creepy and eerie impact. Donald Sutherland gives a extraordinary performance as the clairvoyant but disbeliever, John Baxter. The film's most controversial sequence is the shocking sex scene with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. What's shocking about this one scene is the realistic feel of the act. There are some who believe to this day that the sex scene was not acted but real. The Sutherland-Christie sex scene is done with the same editing technique as The Man Who Fell to Earth(1976).

Don't Look Now(1973) was The Sixth Sense(1999) of its era. One film that sports the same idea about fate is David Croenberg's The Dead Zone(1983). Julie Christie is just brilliant as Laura Baxter. Shares the same gloomy landscape as the director's later film, The Man Who Fell to Earth(1976). The climax of Don't Look Now(1973) was a gloomy and shocking sequence to watch. Don't Look Now(1973) is in the tradition of films such as Last Year at Marienbad(1960).


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