The Visit (1964)

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Carla Zachanassian had a child by Serge Miller as a teenager. When Serge refused to marry her, she was driven out of town. By her own wit and cunning, she has returned as a ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Paolo Stoppa ...
Hans Christian Blech ...
Captain Dobrik
Romolo Valli ...
Town Painter
Mathilda Miller
Claude Dauphin ...
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Marco Guglielmi ...
Jacques Dufilho ...
Giorgio Sciommer ...
Hair Stylist
Fausto Tozzi ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inna Alexeievna
Mario Mandalari Andersen


Carla Zachanassian had a child by Serge Miller as a teenager. When Serge refused to marry her, she was driven out of town. By her own wit and cunning, she has returned as a multi-millionaire for a visit. The town lays out the red carpet expecting big things from Carla, only to learn that her sole purpose is to see Serge Miller killed... Written by Dave Kocsis <>

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"I want my lover killed..." She will corrupt a whole town to buy the death of the man who betrayed her!




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11 September 1964 (Finland)  »

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A Visita  »

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The New York production of "The Visit" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, adapted by Maurice Valency, opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (And starred Lunt and Fontanne) in New York on Nov. 29, 1958, ran for 189 performances and was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »


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A Unique Performance by Ingrid Bergman
1 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Too often, there are many films that are hidden away from the public even though they are really very well written and well acted movies. "The Visit" is one of these movies, unfortunately, not available on video or DVD. The story is of a poor young girl who leaves a mythical country in Europe (Bergman) only to return years later as the richest woman in the world! The way the movie opens is with a train going across the landscape which adds to the suspense because of the title of the film and the town in this mythical country is very anxious and glad that Karla is coming to visit them since they are poverty stricken. A rare gem, the story is solid and interesting--not like the critics said about it being choppy and hard to follow--and Ms. Bergman's costumes are an eyeful. Anthony Quinn is her leading man and together they both deliver more than fine performances, Ms. Bergman's being the strongest. If you ever see this film, you won't regret it. Put a tape in your VCR to record yourself a copy as "The Visit" is a haunting film with moral issues that are unusual for the time in which it is filmed. This is one you will want to see definitely more than once. You've never seen Ingrid Bergman like this before!!!

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