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And Soon the Darkness
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Brian Clemens (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 »
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superb English suspense film set in rural France See more (54 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
 
Editorial Department
Ian MacGregor-Scott .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Phillip Kenny .... location manager: France
 
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Mary Spain .... continuity
David Ball .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 

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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 »
Goofs:
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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42 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
superb English suspense film set in rural France, 4 February 2005
Author: FieCrier from Upstate New York

Surprisingly good suspenseful mystery here! I watched a used copy of the full frame HBO Video VHS, and I'm tempted to upgrade to the widescreen DVD which also has a commentary track.

Two pretty young English women are bicycling across the French countryside using scenic backroads (shot on location). The blonde spots a young Frenchman with sunglasses at a café that she thinks is "dishy," and they keep encountering him on the road, since he speeds by on his scooter and they continually pass him when he stops somewhere (a cemetery, a café).

They rest off the side of the road on the edge of some woods, and have a spat. The brunette wants to stick to their schedule, while the blonde wants to sunbathe and perhaps even turn back around to find and talk to the young man. The brunette goes on ahead, while the blonde stays put.

The brunette feels guilty, though, and stops at a café and waits. Her friend doesn't show up. The proprietress tries to tell her something, but the English girl speaks very little French. The French that is spoken is appropriately not subtitled, putting those of us who also don't know French into her shoes. The café owner knows a tiny bit of English: "bad road." The girl decides to go back for her friend, and finds her missing, though her camera is still there.

There are a lot of suspicious people in the movie. The young man with the sunglasses is the first obvious suspect, but there's also a farmer in a field, the café owner and a man in overalls at her café, an older British lady, a gendarme, the gendarme's father.... The poor English girl doesn't know who she can trust.

I really enjoyed this movie a lot, and I didn't find it to be slow at all.

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