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The Innocents (1961)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  19 February 1962 (Sweden)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.



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In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions? See more »




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Release Date:

19 February 1962 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Turn of the Screw  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Deborah Kerr always regarded this as her finest performance. See more »


Miss Giddens is wearing one dress when Flora bursts in to tell them to come see Miles riding the horse. When they run outside, Miss Giddens is wearing a different dress. See more »


Miles: It was only the wind, my dear.
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a totally black screen and the sound of Flora singing for several seconds; then the 20th Century Fox logo fades in and out. The singing continues for a few seconds before the opening credits begin. As the credits display, we see an anguished Miss Giddens praying on the left side of the screen. Her actions are not explained until the film's climax. See more »


Version of The Turn of the Screw (1982) See more »


O Willow Waly
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Paul Dehn
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Best film I ever saw
25 December 1998 | by (Aarau, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Jack Clayton's sensitivity proves it, there is no need of blood and disgust to make a good creepy thriller! I saw many films in my life and I learned to love Bergman, Kubrick, Kieslowski, Leone, Allen, but I really believe that I enjoyed no other film as much as "The Innocents"! Outstanding cast and outstanding photographed! The music of Georges Auric is perfect (included an old death-yearning song "O willow waly"). If you ever go for a trip to England, go and see the wonderful location "Sheffield Park Garden in Sussex". This is not only an intelligent and incredible atmospheric film, it is a weird journey into a spiritual world. And perhaps Clayton's direction went too far, because unfortunately this gem never found an audience! After a novel "The turn of the screw" by Henry James. One more tip, if you ever have the chance to see this Cinemascope-film in a movie theater, do it! It really is overwhelming!!!

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