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
HAYLEY... on a Carefree Holiday... suddenly plunged into the strange world of [The Moon-Spinners]
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Did You Know?
The meaning and relevance of the film's "The Moon-Spinners" title is that it refers to a Cretan inn hotel owned by Sophia (Irene Papas
) where Nikky (Hayley Mills
) and Aunt Frances Ferris (Joan Greenwood
) stay. In the movie, it is also referred by a character as being a Greek restaurant in Soho. See more
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
Aunt Frances Ferris
I don't know why one always thinks that foreigners will suddenly understand English if one shouts.
Referenced in The Parent Trap II
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra See more