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10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  5 March 1971 (West Germany)
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbours Tim and Beryl Evans.

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Alice
Miss Riley ...
Baby Geraldine
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Muriel Eady (as Phyllis Macmahon)
Ray Barron ...
Workman Willis
Douglas Blackwell ...
Workman Jones
Gabrielle Daye ...
Mrs. Lynch
Jimmy Gardner ...
Mr. Lynch
Edward Evans ...
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Tenniel Evans ...
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David Jackson ...
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Jack Carr ...
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London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His modus operandi is to act as a person with a medical background, lure unsuspecting women to his apartment on the pretense of curing them of some ailment, knock them unconscious with carbon monoxide gas, gain his sexual release through contact with the unconscious body, then strangle the victim dead before disposing of the body somewhere in the house or outside area. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into the top flat in the house. Beryl's husband, Tim Evans, is an illiterate man who likes to put on airs. Already with an infant daughter named Geraldine, the Evanses learn they are going to have another baby, which they cannot afford to have, nor can they afford to abort the pregnancy. This problem, on top of the constant issue of lack of money ... Written by Huggo

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The London suburb that Rillington Place was located in was Notting Hill which itself also later became the title of a movie with Notting Hill (1999). See more »

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When Christie is explaining the procedure he's about to perform on Beryl, he says that natural gas contains carbon monoxide, then quotes its formula as CO2 (which is actually carbon dioxide). The correct formula for carbon monoxide is CO. However, the point appears to be to show him for the half-educated conman he is. It's just Christie's character creating an air of "expertise". See more »

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Beryl Evans: you look like Gregory Peck. Around your eyes I mean.
[after going to the cinema]
Timothy John Evans: he's about seven foot three.
[chuckles]
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One of the best film versions about true crime!
1 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

10 Rillington Place is a creepy, eerie film about the true story of an innocent man, Timothy Evans, played by the wonderful John Hurt (who should be Knighted by now) is framed by his landlord, John Reginald Christie played the fabulous Lord Richard Attenborough, for the murder of his pregnant wife, Beryl, and infant daughter, Geraldine. It is a fascinating story about an innocent man. The tragedy continues when the truth about John Reginald Christie's murderous history is revealed by the end of the film. You just never know who could be the serial killer in the infamous house. Unfortunately, the house was destroyed and Rillington Place no longer exists in London. It was renamed Rushton Mews/Close later Wesley Square and it is reported that it has been destroyed to make way for the yuppies who occupy Notting Hill. I would have rather seen the real Rillington Place remain for historic purposes only.


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