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The Moon-Spinners (1964)

British musicologist Frances Ferris and her late teen niece Nicky Ferris are traveling through Crete recording Greek folk songs for the BBC. In the usually quiet coastal town of Aghios ... See full summary »

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British musicologist Frances Ferris and her late teen niece Nicky Ferris are traveling through Crete recording Greek folk songs for the BBC. In the usually quiet coastal town of Aghios Georgios, they manage to get a room at an inn called the Moon-Spinners, despite the people at the inn being busy preparing for a wedding, and no one there, except Alexis, the young teen son of the proprietress Sophia, he who is fond of spouting current popular Americanisms in his slightly broken English, seeming to want them there. Frances and Nicky learn from Alexis that the unwelcoming feeling is all because of his maternal Uncle Stratos, who has become a man suspicious of anyone ever since his recent return from London after being away for fifteen years. Beyond those there for the wedding, the only other guest at the inn is a young Englishman named Mark Camford, who they befriend. Nicky is too preoccupied with her own suspicions and mistrust of Stratos truly to see that there is something more ... Written by Huggo

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HAYLEY and a ROMANTIC STRANGER bound together by an ancient secret... too dangerous to share! See more »


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8 July 1964 (USA)  »

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A holdsugár-szövők  »

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Despite good reviews, and Hayley Mills' popularity with young audiences at the time, the film failed at the box office. Rather than being re-issued in theaters, it was initially shown two years later, in three parts, on the Disney Sunday night TV show. See more »

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Nikky mentions she'll try the periscope out on the terrace. It's a telescope, not a periscope. See more »

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Alexis: No time make love!
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Connections

Featured in Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Villiage Wedding
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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Here's to the Ladies
22 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

No classic, but very pleasing, old-fashioned, middlebrow entertainment of a kind we used to take for granted. A little comedy, a little romance, a lot of action, plenty of eye-filling locations, and, in particular, a trio of wonderful women. Hayley's charming in one of her first puppy-love roles; Joan Greenwood, of the delicious voice, is, as always, indispensable; and Pola Negri does some spirited scenery-chewing in a prominent cameo. They thoroughly outclass the men, including a hammy Eli Wallach and a pallid Peter McEnery.

Nothing about it is exceptional, but everything about it is at least competent. The direction is a little obvious: Every time a Maguffin appears in the script, Neilson pulls in for a close-up. Perhaps that's a sop to help the kiddies follow the story, though, despite the Disney imprimatur, it's not really a little-kids' film. On the contrary, it's one of Disney's least cloying, and one of the most appealing for grownups.


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