Malicious (1973 film)

Malicious (Italian: Malizia) is an Italian comedy. The original title Malizia is Italian for "malice". It was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2] For their performances Laura Antonelli and Turi Ferro won the Silver Ribbons for best actress and best supporting actor.[3]

Malicious (a.k.a. Malizia)
Directed bySalvatore Samperi
Written byOttavio Jemma
Alessandro Parenzo
Salvatore Samperi
StarringLaura Antonelli
Turi Ferro
Alessandro Momo
Tina Aumont
Music byFred Bongusto
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
Edited bySergio Montanari
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
29 March 1973 (Italy)
9 January 1974 (France)
5 June 1974 (USA) (New York City, New York)
Running time
98 minutes
Box office11,756,327 admissions (Italy)[1]


The film is about the parallel desire of a widower and his three sons for their new housekeeper. The film challenged sexual taboos by presenting and mixing such themes as a teenage male sexually harassing an adult woman and her eventual rapacious response.


Following the death of his wife, a father of three sons (aged 18, 14 and 6) hires an attractive young housekeeper named Angela (Laura Antonelli), and soon becomes engaged to her.[4] His sons are also infatuated with Angela, and each of them uses their particular way to approach and capture the apparently innocent and naive young woman, and to see more of her body. But only one of them succeeds in dominating and conquering her: the middle son, the teenager Nino. He blackmails her into eventually tolerating his increasingly aggressive physical sexual harassment. He ordered her to get naked as he chases her around the house.



The film was the most popular Italian film in Italy in 1973 with 11,756,327 admissions, the 11th most of all-time.[1]


  1. "La classifica dei film più visti di sempre al cinema in Italia". January 25, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. " Awards for Malicious". Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  3. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  4. "Samperi Salvatore: Malice (Malizia)". Rai International. Retrieved 2007-05-18.

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