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Release Date:
7 November 1966 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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(69 articles)
‘Knife in the Water’ anticipates Roman Polanski’s creeping dread
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Shallowness at its very best 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

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
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cul-de-sac" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
Has one of the longest continuous sequences in cinematic history (at the time of release) at 7 mins 28 secs (the beach scene).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The record with the Cul-de-sac theme that Nicolas scratched is different from the one Teresa later plays and jumps.See more »
Quotes:
Albie:He's mad at us, isn't he?
Richard:He told me I was "mentally retiring", or something like that.
Albie:Yeah?
Richard:Yeah.
Albie:He's angry with us, isn't he?
Richard:He gave me Hell.
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Movie Connections:
References Rob Roy (1922)See more »

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Where was Cul-de-sac set?
What music did Teresa play on the record player?
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25 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Shallowness at its very best, 3 April 2003
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

Cul-de-sac is a very beautiful black and white movie. It belongs to the lightweight category. The story is weird in an entertaining way, often amusing and sad at once. If the director tried to be willingly shallow, he was very successful. And I do not mean that ironically but say it with awe.

The place is Holy Island, on the east coast of Northern England. It actually gets cut off with the tide. Polanski makes very good use of the location and was very lucky with the casting. All characters are rather detestable in a detached sort of way. Donald Pleasance gives the performance of his life as the emasculated, utterly humiliated owner of the castle on the island. The other two main characters are the brisk yet elf like Françoise Dorléac and Lionel Stander as a gruff, brutal gangster. There is a very strange, truly unique chemistry between Dorléac and Stander. Dorléac does something to Stander. «We call dees a bicycle», she says gleefully with her funny accent, and it nearly knocks me off my chair every time I see that well filmed, suspenseful scene. I won‘t tell you what «de bicycle» is – it may need parental guidance to watch it but does not belong to the restrictable area. Cul-de-sac has a very memorable musical score.

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