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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 »
Genre:
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)
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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
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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In Mark Lewis' "home movies," Prof. A.N. Lewis is played by director Michael Powell, young Mark Lewis is played by Powell's real-life son, Columba Powell, and Mark's mother, seen lying lifelessly in bed, is played by Columba's real-life mother, Frankie Reidy.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »

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81 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
"Did You Get the Point?", 7 December 2003
Author: Prof_Lostiswitz from Cyberia

Peeping Tom is a philosophical movie that investigates the nature of perception, rather than an edge-of-the seat thriller. The phrase "snuff films" hadn't even been invented in 1960, nor did videotape cameras exist, so the movie was far in advance of its time. You might be disappointed if you looking for pure excitement, you have to be willing to examine deeper issues.

Carl Bohm is perfect in the role of the killer, and his faint German accent (which might be interpreted as a. psychogenic speech defect) adds to the creepiness of his character. Instead of an over-the-top maniac (Jack Nicholson, are you listening?), he portrays a frightened and insecure little person who can only relate to the world by looking at it, preferably through a camera lens. It is easy to condemn him for his obsession with peeping, but -um- aren't we doing the same thing by watching this movie, or any movie? The most interesting movies are those that provoke such questions in us. This aspect also helps explain why Peeping Tom was so fiercely condemned in 1960.

(The scenes between Bohm and Massey remind me of those between Gustav Diesel and Louise Brooks in the last part of Pandora's Box (1928), and you can bet the Michael Powell was familiar with Pabst's work.)

The idea that scrutiny = punishment was explored by Michel Foucault in his book Surveiller et Punir, which I happened to read a long time ago. We will be finding out more about this as the "National Security State" draws closer. Anyway, here you have a powerless little guy who tries to feel the same sense of control by turning his camera - literally - into a murder-weapon. The technical details of this contrivance seem unrealistic, but the symbolism is so powerful they scarcely matter.

The hard-edged sound of late-50s cool jazz works very nicely in setting the atmosphere, similar to Town Without Pity (1960). Nowadays we tend to think of that era as idyllic, so its useful to remind ourselves of the dark edges that existed.

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