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May 1970 (UK) See more »
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Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic, is given watch over his niece Winnie. He tests the patience of the various people he knows and Winnie is often left on her own. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Mark Burns ... Bernie

Beatie Edney ... Winnie (as Beatrice Edney)
Fiona Lewis ... Melissa

Maurice Roëves ... Nicholas

Jack MacGowran ... The Collector
Joanna Dunham ... Tonie

Peter Sellers ... The Salesman (as A. Queen)
Graham Stark ... Pipi
Eva Dahlbeck ... Cafe Proprietress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lily Bacberg ... Barmaid
Benny Bundgaard ... Delivery Man
Lise Dietrich ... Louis' Girlfriend
June Eelli ... Gypsy Woman
Grith Fjeldmose ... Passer-by
John Franklyn ... Shopkeeper (as John Franklin)
Arthur Jensen ... Caretaker
Bertel Lauring ... Louis
Marie Masters
Sisse Reingaard ... Daughter of Cafe Proprietres
Cle Soegard ... Man at Dodgem Cars

Directed by
Simon Hesera 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Heere Heeresma  novel
Roman Polanski 

Produced by
Gene Gutowski .... producer
Charles Orme .... Paramount Production Executive
Roman Polanski .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mort Shuman 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Alistair McIntire 
 
Art Direction by
Timothy Bryan 
William Hutchinson  (as Bill Hutchinson)
 
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... unit production manager
 
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Kaj Gram Larsen .... sound mixer
Richard Hymns .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Ford .... camera operator
Jimmy Leavens .... key grip
 
Other crew
Rosemary Marks .... production coordinator
Helen Whitson .... continuity
 

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USA:93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Lost for 20 years due to a "paperwork error" by Paramount Pictures. Was tracked down in 1992.See more »
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Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV)See more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing air of quirkiness, 29 January 2009
Author: vanmunchen from United Kingdom

Despite being centred around English characters and attitudes and comprising mainly British actors, this off-beat film is set and filmed in Denmark which gives it an intriguing air of quirkiness. The film maintains interest, even if the main character is too prone to making lengthy theatrical speeches. Ultimately though, the film does not satisfy because whatever message the film is putting across is too obscure.

Technically the film is a bit disappointing. Scenes do not flow well and the dialogue sounds as if it was almost entirely post-dubbed (not surprising because the film was shot mainly on location in pouring rain). Other than interior scenes, the dialogue has an unpleasant "dead" studio sound.

Roman Polanski's script has similarities with the dialogue contained in some of his other off-beat films such as Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac but the direction, by Simon Hesera, lacks the sort of flair and style which Polanski always brings to his films.

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