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And Soon the Darkness
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Writers:
Brian Clemens (original story) &
Terry Nation (original story) ...
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Release Date:
10 September 1970 (UK) See more »
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Remember the way Hitchcock kept you on the edge of your seat...? See more »
Plot:
Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Bienvenue en France ... You might not ever leave! See more (53 total) »

Cast

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Pamela Franklin ... Jane

Michele Dotrice ... Cathy

Sandor Elès ... Paul

John Nettleton ... Gendarme
Clare Kelly ... Schoolmistress
Hana Maria Pravda ... Madame Lassal (as Hana-Maria Pravda)
John Franklyn ... Old Man
Claude Bertrand ... Lassal

Jean Carmet ... Renier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Maranne ... Radio DJ (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Fuest 
 
Writing credits
Brian Clemens (original story) &
Terry Nation (original story)

Brian Clemens (screenplay) &
Terry Nation (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian Clemens .... producer
Albert Fennell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ann Chegwidden 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
 
Makeup Department
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
Allan McKeown .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Johnny Goodman .... production supervisor
Serge LeBeau .... production manager: France (as Serge Lebeau)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Baker .... assistant director
Alain Bonnot .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Roger Christian .... assistant art director
Stan Gale .... construction manager
Philip Harrison .... set designer (as Phillip Harrison)
Rex Hobbs .... properties
Eric Simon .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Terry Allen .... boom operator
Peter Lennard .... dubbing editor
Bill Rowe .... sound
A.W. Lumkin .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Cole .... camera assistant
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
Ted Hallows .... supervisory electrician
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roy Ponting .... wardrobe
 
Location Management
Phillip Kenny .... location manager: France
 
Other crew
Mary Spain .... continuity
David Ball .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
99 min | USA:94 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | UK:15 (video rating) (2007) | UK:X (original rating) (1970) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)
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Made by more or less the same production team that had made "The Avengers" television series.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: (at around the 8 minute mark) When the man is watching the two girls cycling past him on the road, the camera and camera operator can clearly be seen reflected in his sunglasses.See more »
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Referenced in End Roll (2012)See more »

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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Bienvenue en France ... You might not ever leave!, 25 August 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"And Soon the Darkness" – which takes entirely place during the daytime – is a fairly creepy but sadly neglected 70's Brit-chiller directed by Robert Fuest, who would later focus on horror movies that have slightly more extravagant story lines, like "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" and "The Devil's Rain". This movie exclusively revolves on moody atmosphere and eerie setting, as there are no nasty bits or gratuitous sleaze. The film starts out rather slow but gradually gets tenser, and particularly the last half hour is terrific and nail-biting. Two young British nurses spend their holiday bicycling through rural France, unaware that another tourist girl was brutally slain in the same region two years earlier and unaware that they're being targeted by the same fiendish rape-killer who's still at large in the area. Following a banal quarrel, Jane becomes separated from her friend Cathy. The latter then mysteriously vanishes and during the search for her friend, Jane only encounters suspiciously behaving locals. Robert Fuest maintains a continuously high tension-level using only very basic tricks, most notably the inability to communicate. Jane doesn't speak French and therefore she cannot understand the warnings of people or explain what happened to her friend. There aren't any subtitles for the French dialogs, so even the viewers are unaware of what's going on most of the time in case they don't speak the language. Pamela Franklin's acting performance is very convincing and the music as well as the photography is extremely uncanny. Definitely on of the most efficient women-in-peril horror/thrillers of the early 70's.

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