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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Muriel Eady (as Phyllis Macmahon)
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Workman Willis
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Workman Jones
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Edward Evans ...
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Tenniel Evans ...
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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 true story of John Christie - the serial killer. See more »

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5 March 1971 (West Germany)  »

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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 »

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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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Timothy John Evans: Alright, I only said that to protect a man named Christie.
Det. Inspector: Christie?
Timothy John Evans: Yes, its not true about the man in the caff... now I'll tell you the truth.
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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 »

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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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