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The Visit (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 September 1964 (Finland)
An unwed pregnant teenager is run out of town and years later she returns there as a rich woman, raising the town's expectations with her generosity, but she's only out for revenge.



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Credited cast:
Karla Zachanassian
Serge Miller
Hans Christian Blech ...
Police Captain Dobrik
Town Painter
Mathilda Miller
Lawyer Bardick
Marco Guglielmi ...
Police Officer Chesco
Jacques Dufilho ...
Police Officer Fisch
Giorgio Sciommer ...
Henri - the Hair Stylist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inna Alexeievna ...
Mario Mandalari Andersen


Karla 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 millionairess for a visit. The town lays out the red carpet expecting big things from Karla, only to learn that her sole purpose is to see Serge Miller killed... Written by Dave Kocsis <david.kocsis@delta-air.com>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Lady's Vengence  »

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A musical version using the same title opened at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway in April 2015. It had a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb with a book by Terence McNally and starred Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. Though highly anticipated after a long workshop process and previous regional productions, the musical was not a success. See more »


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Weak adaptation of classic play
27 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Bergman and Quinn are ill cast and way too young as the leads but the insurmountable problem is the castration of Durrenmatt's finale - in which the good but greedy citizens of Gullen take the money, strangle Schill and present Claire with his corpse, which she carries off with her with much pomp and circumstance. I saw the Lunts play the leads (their theater farewell) when I was 17 and still remember the play, especially the ending, vividly. (I've seen Kander and Ebb's stab at a musical version, as well.) The play is a kind of dark parable or fairy tale about vengeance and the ways love can be perverted into something horrible. Claire has a line about her love growing gnarled and twisted like the roots of the trees in the forest where she made love to Schill as a girl. The film simply doesn't work. Perhaps in 1964 there was no way to get Durrenmatt's ending past what remained of the censors. Also the film looks pretty bad, obviously shot on the cheap in eastern Europe,and the only available DVD (in the US) is a pan-and-scan version of the original 2:35:1 B&W print.

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