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Director:
Writers:
Henry James (novel)
John Mortimer (additional scenes & dialogue)
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Release Date:
19 February 1962 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions? See more »
Plot:
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece See more (183 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Jack Clayton 
 
Writing credits
Henry James (novel "The Turn of the Screw")

John Mortimer (additional scenes & dialogue)

William Archibald (screenplay) and
Truman Capote (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Clayton .... producer
Albert Fennell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Francis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark  (as James Clark)
 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine  (as Motley)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Harold Fletcher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James H. Ware .... production manager (as James Ware)
Claude Watson .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Birkett .... assistant director
Ken Softley .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter James .... set dresser
Martin Atkinson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Alan Evans .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Anthony Pratt .... draughtsman (uncredited)
James Sawyer .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Gus Walker .... construction manager (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist (as A.G. Ambler)
John Cox .... sound recordist
Peter Musgrave .... dubbing editor
Ken Ritchie .... boom operator
Jimmy Dooley .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Daphne Oram .... electronic sound effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Gillett .... supervising floor electrician
Ray Jones .... camera grip
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (as Ronald Taylor)
Bernard Ford .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ronnie Maasz .... focus puller (uncredited)
Simon Ransley .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Gardner .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mary Kessel .... assistant editor
Pamela Milner-Gardner .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lambert Williamson .... conductor (as W. Lambert Williamson)
 
Other crew
Pamela Mann .... continuity
Jeanie Sims .... script editor
Joan Williams .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U (re-release) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #20046) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
François Truffaut regarded this as the best British film since Alfred Hitchcock had left for America.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During Miss Gidden's interview with The Uncle, a clock can be heard striking the Westminster Chimes half hour. The Uncle goes to a mantel clock checking his watch. The mantel clock shows 10 past 11:00. The Uncle touches the clock dial, but does not correct the time.See more »
Quotes:
Miles:What shall I sing to my lord from my window? What shall I sing for my lord will not stay? What shall I sing for my lord will not listen? Where shall I go when my lord is away? Whom shall I love when the moon is arisen? Gone is my lord and the grave is his prison...See more »
Soundtrack:
O Willow WalySee more »

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Is "The Innocents" based on a book?
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59 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece, 9 November 2003
Author: Gafke from United States

Miss Giddens, an uptight but pretty young woman, takes a job as a Governess for two orphans on a grandiose estate in the English countryside. Flora and Miles seem like thoroughly innocent and angelic children, but soon, whispers of corruption begin to materialize. Miles is expelled from school for reasons he is reluctant to discuss. Miss Giddens learns of the fate of the prior governess, a masochistic young woman named Miss Jessel who was having an affair with a sadistic man named Quint. Soon, Miss Giddens is seeing the ghosts of the arrogantly handsome Quint and the forlorn Miss Jessel everywhere and comes to believe that the children have been possessed. But is she only imagining these horrors? And will she destroy the children in her attempt to save them?

This movie is creepy, claustrophobic and totally paranoid. Filmed in moody black and white with an almost non-existent musical score (other than the chilling song "Willow Waylee" sung in a child's voice over the opening credits and throughout the film) "The Innocents" is a flawless suspense drama. I hesitate to call it a ghost story, as the presence of the ghosts is never confirmed (or denied, for that matter.) Nor is the sanity of the main character. Is the prim English Governess (played with classic elegance by Deborah Kerr) simply an uptight prude having obscene fantasies, or are the two children she's caring for really possessed by the evil and perverted spirits of the former governess and her sadistic lover? There's no gore, no stupid incidental music, no insufferably adorable children and no happy ending. Unspoken horrors, dark secrets and things that "decent people" don't discuss, fill this film with sick shadows and diseased memories. Whether or not the ghosts exist is a moot point by films end. This film is about corruption and perversion. Indeed, there are no "Innocents" in this film...only the facade of innocence, a flimsy backdrop of beauty drawn over the ugly, festering truth. But what IS the truth?

This film is a masterpiece of dread and still has the power to disturb even some forty years later. I would highly recommend it to ghost enthusiasts and psych majors alike!

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