Don't Look Now

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Don't Look Now patiently builds suspense with haunting imagery and a chilling score -- causing viewers to feel Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie's grief deep within.



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A married couple is haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences after the death of their young daughter in this enigmatic chiller. Based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, whose works inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and The Birds, the film centers on Laura and John Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie), who have recently relocated to Venice so that John can oversee the architectural restoration of an old church. Both hope that the change of environment will allow them to forget the recent tragic demise of their child, but they instead find themselves surrounded by reminders of death, as the city attempts to deal with a series of unexplained murders. The eeriness intensifies when they encounter a blind psychic and her eccentric sister, who promise to contact her daughter's spirit. Laura embraces the idea, but John remains skeptical until he experiences his own visions: fleeting glimpses of someone in a red coat similar to one that belonged to his daughter. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


Julie Christie
as Laura Baxter
Donald Sutherland
as John Baxter
Hilary Mason
as Heather
Massimo Serato
as Bishop Barbarrigo
Renato Scarpa
as Inspector Longhi
Leopoldo Trieste
as Hotel Manager
David Tree
as Anthony Babbage
Ann Rye
as Mandy Babbage
Nicholas Salter
as Johnny Boxter
Sharon Williams
as Christine Baxter
Bruno Cattaneo
as Detective Sabbione
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Critic Reviews for Don't Look Now

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (2)

  • Every frame is calculated perfection.

    Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Genius.

    Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red.

    Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a ghost story; it's a meditation on time, memory and the poignancy of married love. And it's a masterpiece.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • [Don't Look Now] takes the viewer on a winding, unpredictable trip that starts as a meditation on grief and ends as a supernatural thriller.

    Feb 17, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like some manic slasher on the loose, Nic Roeg cuts compulsively, severing the natural arteries between cause and effect to expose a more irrational kind of narrative continuum...a true classic, worth looking at not just now but long into the future.

    Jun 20, 2011

Audience Reviews for Don't Look Now

  • Sep 22, 2016
    Don't Look Now is an adaptation of Du Maurier's short story of the same name. Many elements were changed to emphasise the grief of characters, the colourful symbolism was greatly used build up suspense and the twist was fantastic. One of the best British cinema in the 70s.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2015
    Polarizingly indifferent to what one would expect from a horror film - I don't really think its a thriller - Don't Look Now is Nicolas Roeg's take on The Birds' Daphne du Maurier's twisted story of grieving the death of a child in a foreign country. Plagued by (psychic?) visits from beyond the grave, Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland find themselves in a miserable warp of a game throughout the film. It's good, but it isn't amazing. The style in which its filmed isn't necessarily surrealistic but its a Rosemary's Baby-esque dream-like style that twists and turns with alot of quick cuts and interceptions of nonsense or irrelevance that make it all the much more scary, because things that don't make sense are scary always and Roeg understand this. The sex scene is really cool as well and remarks on how controversial the seventies must of been for film, released in the same year as Friedkin's The Exorcist and two years before The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in the same decade as 120 Days of Sodom, I Spit On Your Grave and A Clockwork Orange, reminding us we will always push boundaries like big red buttons, of course most of it is pretty tame to us now. Don't Look Now is also relentlessly humble and unpolished throughout with muffled and dusty street corners, the romantic city of Venice is more city of devils than angels and is painted as no Happily Ever After destination. The twist ending will stay with you for a very long time and whilst some parts of the film seem slightly plotless resulting in the film seeming a tad overlong, the finalé reeks of time well spent.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2014
    With a melancholy score and fabulous editing, this notably ominous and labyrinthine story about grief and acceptance uses symbols, omens and a constant sense of danger to make us share the intense confusion and disorientation experienced by its characters.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2013
    On the surface, "Don't Look Now" is a chilling jaunt in the world of psychics and deep emotional loss, but the question that needs to be asked pertains to whether the film is actually scary or if its horror is brought on mainly by the 70's nature of the film. Horror films like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Birds" are made scarier by the old-fashioned feel of the medium of old film. The grainy look and stiff performances are eerie, like looking at solemn black-and-white photos from the early 90's where no one ever smiles. Donald Sutherland definitely provides a triumphant performance as grieving father, facing off with relocating to a foreign country after the loss of his daughter, along with a blind psychic that warns him of forthcoming danger. Not quite to the standards of Hitchcock or Polanski, Roeg does a commendable job of imitating these directors, but for the most part, simply delivers a straightforward thriller with little to no tension.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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