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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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A slasher flick with a heart of gold See more (129 total) »

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:
Milly welcomes Mark with "Look who's here - Cecil Beaton!" in the first scene above the newsagents. Sir Cecil Beaton (1904 -1980) was a noted English fashion and portrait photographer.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mark is viewing his own 16 mm version of the police carrying the body of the prostitute from her flat, there are three bystanders shown between the camera and the police and gurney. When the bystanders move, they cast shadows on to the scene, revealing that they are actually standing in front of a motion backdrop. Thus Mark's film is of another film.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Mark approaches the prostitute, covertly filming her]
Dora:It'll be two quid
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49 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
A slasher flick with a heart of gold, 22 January 2000
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

I'll admit it: I was completely stumped; for almost all of the running time I had no idea where Michael Powell was going with this one. (Not that there are any twists in the plot - my uncertainty was of a different kind.) I think this made me all the more delighted when I at last found out.

Although it was made without co-archer Emeric Pressburger, we see the old Archers' logo at the start; except that this time it's overlaid with `A Michael Powell Production' - in tiny letters. This gave me a pang of sadness. `Peeping Tom' all but completely destroyed Powell's career; and however much and for whatever reasons critics and audiences may have loathed the film, this simply ought not have happened - especially since, good or bad, it's manifestly the work of a director at the height of his powers. The photography is wonderfully assured, the colours are as bright and stark and controlled and fantastic as ever, the script is clever and trusts to our intelligence, and Powell still knows how to keep our minds glued to the screen even when our eyes tell us that nothing much is happening. Every scene is unsettling. Most are creepy.

I could go on about the technical details - the use of sound and music is amazingly innovative, too - but what really elevates `Peeping Tom', what makes so many of the contemporary criticisms absurd, is its compassion. There's none of that watered-down Freudian guff we encounter in `Psycho'. Powell makes us feel for his serial killer - not so much by showing us that he feels pain but by showing us that he has ordinary, likeable human qualities as well as madness. A number of Powell's war-time said the same thing about Nazis. It's clear that he really meant it.

Not that this is an overt message of `Peeping Tom', and not that there aren't a lot of other things going on as well. I not only recommend, I BEG, that any admirer of Powell's earlier work give this one a try as well. Since Powell is striking out in a new direction there's an excellent chance you won't like it; but it deserves to be tried.

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