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May 1970 (UK) See more »
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Polanski adaptation of a Danish book. Harrowing tale of an alcoholic & his small child out for the day by the beach. See more (9 total) »

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 Franklin ... Shopkeeper
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
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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This was going to be Roman Polanski's next directorial effort. However, the murder of his wife Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson Family caused him to pass on the director's chair.See more »
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Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV)See more »

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Polanski adaptation of a Danish book. Harrowing tale of an alcoholic & his small child out for the day by the beach., 8 June 2006
Author: twigbum99 from London

This was a dark piece indeed. The original story was a Danish book, I believe. The name of the author escapes me. The other comments are correct. It was a bleak look at alcoholism but hauntingly accurate. I loved the film. Painful to watch yet truthful. The little girl was amazing. Peter Sellars was great & his gay partner, whose name I've forgotten, was another great British comedian. Probably the best piece of trivia is that his wife, Sharon Tate, and others, were murdered in California while Polanski was in England editing the movie at Twickenhan Studios, after shooting insert shots there. Polanski left Twickenham Studios that night when he heard about the murders & never returned to finish the film. Had he done so, I am sure the film would have been released properly & been worthy of standing by his other work. I would love to see this film released on DVD.

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