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Peeping Tom -- A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

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Director:
Writers:
Leo Marks (original story)
Leo Marks (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Stark Terror Meets Art in a Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse. (DVD) See more »
Plot:
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Karlheinz Böhm ... Mark Lewis (as Carl Boehm)

Moira Shearer ... Vivian

Anna Massey ... Helen Stephens
Maxine Audley ... Mrs. Stephens
Brenda Bruce ... Dora
Miles Malleson ... Elderly Gentleman Customer

Esmond Knight ... Arthur Baden

Michael Goodliffe ... Don Jarvis
Martin Miller ... Dr. Rosen
Jack Watson ... Chief Insp. Gregg
Shirley Anne Field ... Pauline Shields (as Shirley Ann Field)
Pamela Green ... Milly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barrard ... Small Man (uncredited)
Keith Baxter ... Det. Baxter (uncredited)
John Chappell ... Clapper Boy (uncredited)
Robert Crewdson ... Shop Assistant on Film Set (uncredited)

Roland Curram ... Young Man in Sports Car (uncredited)

Nigel Davenport ... Det. Sgt. Miller (uncredited)
John Dunbar ... Police Doctor (uncredited)
Maurice Durant ... Publicity Chief (uncredited)
Paddy Edwards ... Girl Electrician (uncredited)
Cornelia Frances ... Girl in Sports Car Leaving Studio (uncredited)
Veronica Hurst ... Miss Simpson - Jarvis' Secretary (uncredited)
M. Le Compte ... Lover in Garden (uncredited)
Mme. Le Compte ... Lover in Garden (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... Mr. Peters - News Agent Shop Owner (uncredited)
Pete Murray ... Young Man Embracing Girl (uncredited)
Margaret Neale ... Mark's Stepmother (uncredited)
Columba Powell ... Mark as a Child (uncredited)
Michael Powell ... Mark's Father - A.N. Lewis (uncredited)
Guy Kingsley Poynter ... P. Tate - Studio Cameraman (uncredited)
Frankie Reidy ... Mark's Mother on Deathbed (uncredited)
Alan Rolfe ... Store Detective (uncredited)
Frank Singuineau ... Electrician #1 (uncredited)
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Mrs. Partridge (uncredited)
Susan Travers ... Lorraine the Model (uncredited)
Brian Wallace ... Tony - Downstairs Lodger in Lewis' House (uncredited)
Brian Worth ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
 
Writing credits
Leo Marks (original story)

Leo Marks (screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Fennell .... associate producer (uncredited)
Michael Powell .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Brian Easdale 
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Noreen Ackland 
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lawson 
 
Makeup Department
Pearl Orton .... hairdressing
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as W.J. Partleton)
 
Production Management
Alfred W. Marcus .... production manager (as Al Marcus)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Denis Johnson Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Denis Johnson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Carl Mannin .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ivor Beddoes .... assistant art director
Don Picton .... set dresser
Ronnie Udell .... construction manager (as Ronald Udell)
Maurice Pelling .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Malcolm Cooke .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Simon Kaye .... sound department (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Smith .... chief electrician (as Victor E. Smith)
Gerry Turpin .... camera operator
Jim Body .... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek V. Browne .... focus puller (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Polly Peck .... dresses: Miss Anna Massey
Dickie Richardson .... wardrobe
John Tullis .... dress: Miss Moira Shearer (as John Tullis of Horrockses)
 
Editorial Department
Alma Godfrey .... assistant editor (uncredited)
John Rushton .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Easdale .... music director
Angela Morley .... composer: percussion numbers (as Wally Stott)
Freddie Phillips .... composer: dance music
Gordon Watson .... musician: solo piano
 
Other crew
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Judith Coxhead .... production assistant
Rita Davison .... continuity
Stuart Levy .... presenter
Bill Paton .... production assistant (as William J. Paton)
Bill Burnside .... publicist (uncredited)
Tommy Linden .... choreographer: Ms. Shearer (uncredited)
George Harrison Marks .... photographic consultant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Face of Fear" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
101 min | USA:86 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-14 (2000) | Finland:K-16 (1983) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2005) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) | Sweden:(Banned) (1961-1973) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2007) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mark is filming Vivian he makes a "set" on a red platform. A red trunk appears on the platform between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Mark approaches the prostitute, covertly filming her]
Dora:It'll be two quid
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
not your usual horror film, 9 May 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

The film that did a large amount of damage to Michael Powell's film career remains as a prime example of an intellectual British horror film. It has certainly retained the power to shock over four decades later, and leaves the viewer with more questions than have been answered during the fairly short running time.

Carl Boehm plays Mark Lewis, a focus puller at a film studio who feeds his voyeuristic tendencies by filming people everyone he goes. This preoccupation takes a disturbing twist in his need to kill, and film women as he kills them. So far, so unsavoury. Mark appears on the surface as a personable young man who just has this dangerous, psychotic tendency he can't always keep in check. The audience is thus invited to have some sympathy with him, especially after the discovery that the young Mark was the focus for his father's experiments on the nature of fear in children (show in part as the film within the film featuring Michael Powell and his son Columba), and was filmed and recorded for the whole of his young life. No wonder, the film is saying, that he has grown into this disturbed person who has no real life away from either recording things on a camera, or watching the results in his darkened room.

Anna Massey has perhaps the prime female role in the film, as Mark's downstairs neighbour Helen Stephens. She is both repelled and attracted by Mark's movie-making, and perhaps she is closer to him that she would herself admit. It is a restrained performance of considerable power. Moira Shearer has a brief appearance as the studio stand-in who becomes his victim, while Shirley Anne Field provides light relief as the film actress who can never get her lines right and doesn't know how to faint on camera.

‘Peeping Tom' is a clever piece of work which perhaps came too soon to be acceptable to the establishment. After all, during Powell's collaborations with Emeric Pressburger, they often pushed their luck with their subject matter and the way they presented it. This film was the natural progression of that anarchistic spirit. It is humorous in places – Mark is not presented as a one-dimensional monster – while being a very dark and disturbing psychological thriller throughout.

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