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Cul-De-Sac (1966) More at IMDbPro »Cul-de-sac (original title)

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Cul-De-Sac -- A hermit and his wife live in a dark castle on a small island off the coast of England.  Two escaped criminals make their way to the castle and terrorize the couple.
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Release Date:
7 November 1966 (USA) See more »
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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  (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
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

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Additional Details

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

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Jack Nicholson claimed in an interview in 2007 that this is his favorite film.See more »
Continuity: The criminal's car (non-running) rolls down a hill into the home owner's Jaguar. Next day it's gone from the scene.See more »
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.
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Movie Connections:
References Rob Roy (1922)See more »


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25 out of 43 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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