10 Rillington Place (1971)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Heywood ...
Isobel Black ...
Miss Riley ...
Baby Geraldine
Phyllis MacMahon ...
Muriel Eady (as Phyllis Macmahon)
Ray Barron ...
Workman Willis
Douglas Blackwell ...
Workman Jones
Gabrielle Daye ...
Mrs. Lynch
Jimmy Gardner ...
Mr. Lynch
Edward Evans ...
Police: Det. Inspector
Tenniel Evans ...
Police: Det. Sergeant
David Jackson ...
Police: Constable
Jack Carr ...
Police: Constable


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 true story of John Christie - the serial killer. See more »


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The film's opening prologue states: "This is a true story. Whenever possible the dialogue has been based on official documents". See more »


Christie was arrested by a policeman on the embankment overlooking the River Thames on 31 March 1953, i.e., early spring. However, in this scene the trees nearby are in full foliage (late spring-early autumn) when in reality they would have been bare leaved. See more »


John Reginald Christie: You know about it, that's the point, you're an accessory before the act.
Timothy John Evans: I done nothing. Oh God, I done nothing.
John Reginald Christie: But you knew about it Tim, you consented, that's all they'll want to know.
Timothy John Evans: I don't know what to do.
John Reginald Christie: Well we could keep quiet about it couldn't we?
Timothy John Evans: She's just lying there.
John Reginald Christie: There are ways of disposing of bodies.
Timothy John Evans: Not be buried you mean, proper service...
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Prologue to opening credits: "This is a true story Whenever possible the dialogue has been based on official documents" See more »


Referenced in Nekromantik (1987) See more »

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Fascinating serial killer portrait
13 September 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This British 1970's drama tells the life of the real London strangler John Reginald Christie, a doctor and landlord who killed several of his female patients in the 1940's and 1950's. Richard Attenborough plays Christie in a rather silent, but very menacing and psychological way. Director Richard Fleischer is not portraying a serial killer monster like Hannibal Lector, but rather a boring and nice guy who turning to a mentally disturbed and brutal serial killer.

The atmosphere in the dirty London suburbs is photographed in a very dark and intense way, as most of the scenes take place in Christie's old back street house. The calm music adds much atmosphere to the movie, and young John Hurt plays the husband of one of the victims. A forgotten genre jewel that is worth being discovered again, as it cannot be compared to many of those stylish current serial killer TV and movie productions.

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