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An Eye for an Eye (1957)

Oeil pour oeil (original title)
In North Africa Dr. Walter (W) is a very skilled surgeon but lives at a distance from the hospital. In the evening a husband (H) and his sick wife come to his private home from far away. He... See full summary »

Director:

André Cayatte

Writers:

André Cayatte, Vahé Katcha (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Curd Jürgens ... Dr. Walter
Folco Lulli ... Bortak
Lea Padovani ... Lola Zardi
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Mme Laurier
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... Le docteur Matik
Marlène Chicheportiche Marlène Chicheportiche ... La fille de Bortak
Darío Moreno ... Le cafetier de Toluma
Mohamed Ziani Mohamed Ziani ... Le peintre (as Ziani)
Pascal Mazzotti Pascal Mazzotti ... Le barman
Georges Douking ... Le guérisseur (as Douking)
Micheline Gary Micheline Gary ... La femme de l'automobiliste
Doudou Babet Doudou Babet ... L'employé du téléphérique
Jean Hébey Jean Hébey ... L'automobiliste (as Jean Hebey)
René Havard René Havard ... L'interne
Maria Zanoli Maria Zanoli
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In North Africa Dr. Walter (W) is a very skilled surgeon but lives at a distance from the hospital. In the evening a husband (H) and his sick wife come to his private home from far away. He tells them to go to the hospital. The wife dies during the operation. The other doctors think that W might have saved her. Shortly afterward a man asks W to come to a village to treat a very sick man. W goes thither in his car. The local habitants do not allow him to apply Western medical techniques, all tyres of his car are stolen, and he sees H in this village. W tells him that his wife would not have died if he had timely taken her to a doctor. W buys a lot of coca-cola and starts walking home on his feet. He refuses H's offer to show him a shortcut. But thrice he finds H sitting at the road much ahead of him. Then he accepts H's guidance = misguidance! When they have been without water for many days and W wishes he was dead, he wounds H with a knife. H is sure to die within 24 hours without ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

13 September 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eyes of the Sahara See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.96 : 1
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Referenced in Spanish Western (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est le Destin qui Commande
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by André Tabet
Sung by Juliette Gréco
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Filmed totally in Spain. Fools nearly everyone into thinking it was North Africa
7 February 2017 | by teldenman-19180See all my reviews

Lots of confusion about this film. It was entirely filmed in Almería, Spain. Where a lot of the spaghetti westerns were filmed later. Even the New York Times review thought it was filmed in Syria! It put Almería on the cinema map. Lawrence of Arabia and Cleopatra used it a few years later. Then Leone and the cowboys rode in. The director had scoured the world looking for the best scenery. But found Egypt, Libya and Jordan far too monotonous. A friend who worked in a geographical institute in France suggested he look at Almería. The film was not shown in Spain at the time, presumably because Franco and the fascists thought it would reflect badly on Spain that they had an area so bleak and poor it could stand in for north Africa. It was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 1957 Venice film. It didn't win. It was poorly reviewed in France, as Cayette was not a fashionable director. The costar later appeared in spaghetti westerns.


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