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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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Yacht Captain (as Andre Morell)
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Harry Tardios ...
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Pamela Barrie ...
Ariadne
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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... on a Carefree Holiday... suddenly plunged into the strange world of [The Moon-Spinners] See more »


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8 July 1964 (USA)  »

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A holdsugár-szövők  »

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Trivia

The picture was filmed in the style of a Hitchcockian mystery-suspense movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

Goofs

When Nickie is trapped in the windmill it is late afternoon, yet when they cut away to the aunt at the Inn, it is dark out as if it were night. Then, when Stratos goes to the windmill in the scene after that, it is late afternoon again. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Frances Ferris: I don't know why one always thinks that foreigners will suddenly understand English if one shouts.
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Connections

Referenced in The Parent Trap II (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Romantic Strangers
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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