Bluebeard (1972 film)

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Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Written by Ennio De Concini
Edward Dmytryk
Charles Perrault (based on story by)
Starring Richard Burton
Raquel Welch
Joey Heatherton
Sybil Danning
Nathalie Delon
Virna Lisi
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Gábor Pogány
Edited by Jean Ravel
Release date
September 1, 1972
Running time
125 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bluebeard is a 1972 thriller starring Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Joey Heatherton and Sybil Danning, filmed in Budapest and Hungary by Edward Dmytryk and based on the classic story Bluebeard by Charles Perrault about a wealthy aristocrat (Burton) who murders his wives.

Set in Austria in the 1930s, Bluebeard is a World War I pilot with a reputation as a "ladykiller" and a frightening blue tinged beard. Honoured as hero by the Austrian public, the Baron's freezer holds a terrible secret that is discovered by his current wife (Joey Heatherton). The film uses extensive flashbacks to show how and why Bluebeard's wives met their grisly fates.



Bluebeard received generally negative reviews and did little for Burton's career. Thanks to a cast featuring eight international beauties, a Playboy pictorial, an insinuating score by Ennio Morricone and a clever ad campaign, Bluebeard was a modest box office success.

Previous versions[edit]

A 1944 film titled Bluebeard starred John Carradine.

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