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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>

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Clips from this film - along with others directed by Nicolas Roeg - appear in Big Audio Dynamite's 'E=MC2' video (1986). The song mentions several of Roeg films including this one, describing some of its moments (such as 'Met a dwarf that was no good, dressed like little Red Riding Hood' and 'Best sex I've ever seen as if each moment was the last'). See more in spoilers. See more »

Goofs

When John climbs the scaffold, the camera follows him from the priest and up to the top of the church and he has gloves on the entire way. However, when the camera briefly switches from him to the workers below and back to him, his gloves are gone and do not return for the rest of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Heather: One of the things I love about Venice, is that it's so safe for me to walk.
John Baxter: Steps.
Heather: Thank you... The sound changes, you see, as you come to a canal. And the echoes from the walls are so clear... My sister hates it.
John Baxter: That's too bad.
Heather: She says it's like a city in aspic, wrapped over from a dinner party, where all the guests are dead or gone.
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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

Io Per Amore
(uncredited)
Music by Pino Donaggio
Lyrics by Vito Pallavicini
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Surreal and mind-bending
20 December 2003 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Don't Look Now was clearly ahead of its time. In 1973, psychological movies such as this were either rare, or basic. Don't Look Now attempts to go where a lot of movies had never been, which was a realm where many things never truly make sense and yet behind it all is a coherent purpose.

First of it is *not* a candidate for greatest horror film ever, though the Times would have you believe otherwise. What it *is* though is a highly confusing yet thought-provoking story which covers grief and dillusion in equal measure.

Donald Sutherland plays John Baxter, who's married to Laura, who lose a child in an accident and find their worlds turned upside-down as a result. However, thereafter the story is set in Venice where John's working on a job and Laura's accompanied him there, and where things start to get disturbing for the couple as events begin to focus on their dead daughter and paranormal themes emerge.

It *is* a strange tale, and ultimately what you get out of it is entirely up to you. It is probably from this film that the likes of David Lynch started to derive inspiration.

Overall, good, if intrinsically confusing.


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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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