IMDb > Cul-de-sac (1966)
Cul-de-sac
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Cul-de-sac (1966) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 13 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Cul-de-sac -- Trailer for Cul-de-sac

Overview

User Rating:
7.2/10   7,047 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for Cul-de-sac on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
7 November 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(67 articles)
Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films
 (From Hitfix. 19 June 2014, 1:51 PM, PDT)

New on Video: ‘Tess’
 (From SoundOnSight. 28 February 2014, 6:45 AM, PST)

Ten Tigon Tales of Terror
 (From Shadowlocked. 18 February 2014, 3:39 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
This odd black comedy is one of Polanski's most underrated movies. See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Pleasence ... George

Françoise Dorléac ... Teresa

Lionel Stander ... Richard

Jack MacGowran ... Albie
Iain Quarrier ... Christopher
Geoffrey Sumner ... Christopher's Father
Renee Houston ... Christopher's Mother
Robert Dorning ... Philip Fairweather
Marie Kean ... Marion Fairweather
William Franklyn ... Cecil

Jacqueline Bisset ... Jacqueline (as Jackie Bisset)
Trevor Delaney ... Nicholas
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gérard Brach  (as Gerard Brach)
Roman Polanski 

Produced by
Gene Gutowski .... producer
Michael Klinger .... producer
Tony Tenser .... producer
Sam Waynberg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Krzysztof Komeda  (as Komeda)
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Alastair McIntyre 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Production Design by
Voytek 
 
Art Direction by
George Lack 
 
Makeup Department
Alan Brownie .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... production supervisor
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... first assistant director
Ted Sturgis .... first assistant director
Stuart Black .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alf Pegley .... props
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Campling .... sound editor
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
George Stephenson .... sound mixer
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Reynolds .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Ford .... camera operator
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator (as Geoffrey Seaholme)
Laurie Turner .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Maxine Julius .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Barry McCormick .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Terry Glinwood .... production controller
Michael Klinger .... presenter
John Sutro .... translator
Tony Tenser .... presenter
Dee Vaughan .... continuity
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
113 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Set on an island in the north-east of England called Holy Island.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of the mattress on the patio changes position between scenes, especially when Teresa places the paper between Dickie's toes and lights them.See more »
Quotes:
Nicholas:[after being punished for scratching one of Teresa's records] That Froggy bitch pulled my ear off!
Philip Fairweather:Here, here, here! Who taught you to speak like that?
Nicholas:Mum did!
Philip Fairweather:[slaps the back of Nicholas's hand] That'll teach you to tell lies.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Two Gangsters and an Island (2003) (V)See more »

FAQ

Where was Cul-de-sac set?
What music did Teresa play on the record player?
See more »
21 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
This odd black comedy is one of Polanski's most underrated movies., 20 July 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

As 'Cul-de-sac' was Polanski's first movie after his brilliant psychological thriller 'Repulsion' it can't help but be a slight disappointment. Even so, I thought it was an interesting movie and I found it to be much more enjoyable than his next one the totally unfunny spoof 'The Fearless Vampire Killers'. 'Cul-de-sac' is quite difficult to catergorise. In some ways it reminded me of Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' (filmed much later than this but originally staged in the late 1950s), in others of Jack Hill's cult favourite 'Spider Baby' (made earlier but not really released until afterwards), and you could almost see it as prefiguring 'Performance' (old school gangsters meet the new world of the swinging 1960s). But really it quite an odd and unique black comedy. It may not be 100% successful, and it does have a few dull spots, but overall it's worth tracking down if you want to see something different. The main reason it succeeds for me is the unusual location of Lindisfarne, England (which I have visited), and the performances of Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac and Lionel Stander. Pleasence was one of Britain's most underrated character actors, the beautiful and doomed Dorleac had appeared alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo in the entertaining thriller 'That Man From Rio', and Standish, who later appeared in movies by Leone and Spielberg, is best remembered as Max, the craggy manservant on the popular 1980s TV show 'Hart To Hart'. All three are excellent in this movie, and their interaction make it fascinating viewing. The supporting cast also includes Jack MacGowran ('The Exorcist') and an early appearance by 1970s sex symbol Jacqueline Bisset. 'Cul-de-sac' is without a doubt Polanski's most underrated movie, and fans of the unusual and the off beat will enjoy it very much. A DVD with a commentary from Polanski would would be wonderful. Any chance?

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (48 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Cul-de-sac (1966)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Why The Title? Honkon
What does he say???? aswerve
the chickens? herman-poppelaars
Puzzled... howardkettle
Is the place identified? nevilley
remake nccomet
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Stunt Man Bitter Moon Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession The English Patient The Departed
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.