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Director:
Writers:
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) and
Norah Lofts (novel)
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Release Date:
February 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
WHAT DO "THE DEVIL'S OWN" DO AFTER DARK? See more »
Plot:
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Intriguing Beginning, Terrible Conclusion See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Fontaine ... Gwen Mayfield
Kay Walsh ... Stephanie Bax

Alec McCowen ... Alan Bax
Ann Bell ... Sally Benson
Ingrid Boulting ... Linda Rigg (as Ingrid Brett)
John Collin ... Dowsett
Michele Dotrice ... Valerie Creek
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Granny Rigg (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Duncan Lamont ... Bob Curd

Leonard Rossiter ... Dr. Wallis
Martin Stephens ... Ronnie Dowsett
Carmel McSharry ... Mrs. Dowsett
Viola Keats ... Mrs. Curd
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Creek
Bryan Marshall ... Tom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yemi Ajibade ... Mark (uncredited)
Kitty Atwood ... Mrs. McDowall (uncredited)
John Barrett ... Mr. Glass (uncredited)
Roy Desmond ... Dancer (uncredited)
Catherine Finn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Prudence Hyman ... Stephanie's Maid (uncredited)
Lizbeth Kent ... First Villager (uncredited)
Artro Morris ... Porter (uncredited)
Willie Payne ... Adam (uncredited)
Charles Rea ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Ken Robson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brian Todd ... Dancer (uncredited)
Don Vernon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rudolph Walker ... Mark (uncredited)
Terry Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Cyril Frankel 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale  screenplay and
Norah Lofts  novel "The Devil's Own" (as Peter Curtis)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Charles Permane .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Feliks Sergejak .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Charles Wheeler .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Cece Cooney)
Eddie Collins .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Harcourt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Harry Haynes .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Tony Lenny .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Anne Deeley .... continuity
Denys Palmer .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Devil's Own" - USA
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Released on a double bill with "Death Is a Woman."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Five Million Years to Earth (1967)See more »

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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing Beginning, Terrible Conclusion, 17 February 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After being threatened by witchcraft in Africa, Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine) has a nervous breakdown and returns to England. She is invited to teach in a private school, owned by the wealthy Alan Bax (Alec McCowen) and his sister Stephanie Bax (Kay Walsh), in the village of Heddaby. After a period in the place, she witnesses weird events with locals, and she realizes that the place is indeed a coven and her student Linda Rigg (Ingrid Brett) is being prepared for a sacrifice.

"The Witches" is a Hammer film that can be divided in two parts: the first one, with the arrival of Mayfield to Heddaby, is intriguing and suspenseful. Joan Fontaine, in her last work in the cinema, performs a fragile and vulnerable woman due to a trauma in Africa, and wondering if there are witches in the village. The second part, when she returns from the mental institution, is simply awful. The long ritual of the witches is disgusting and silly, and spoils a promising film. Kay Walsh, the former wife of David Lean, has a great performance, highly above the rest of the cast. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Bruxa A Face do Demônio" ("Witch The Face of the Demon")

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