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10 Rillington Place (1971)

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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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 ...
Police: Det. Inspector
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 true story of John Christie - the serial killer. See more »

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The film takes place from October 7, 1944 to March 31, 1953. See more »

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When Christie is murdering Muriel Eady he uses a breathing mask as a gas mask connected to the cooking gas mains, over Muriel's face. But just as she begins to succumb her nose appears above the mask, which would allow her to breathe normally. See more »

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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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I Saw This Thirty-three Years Ago
1 June 2004 | by (Long Island, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this in a theatre here in the United States in 1971, when I was eleven years old. I'd seen Richard Attenborough as the circus master in DOCTOR DOLITTLE and I wonder if I'd sold my mother on taking me to this one because I knew the name Richard Attenborough. In any case, this movie burned itself into my brain immediately and, for the next three decades I told many of my fellow American film-buffs that there was this British movie no American had ever heard about that was more blood-curdling than PSYCHO. I suspect the obviously limited release of this movie in the United States had something to do with the fact that one of its chief selling-points was that it was based on a murder not well-known to Americans. The Christie murders were famous in Britain, and, in fact, historic because of their effect on the elimination of the UK's death penalty. But the distributors in America had to market this on its qualities as a thriller. Attenborough had yet to make his name a household word here, GHANDI being about ten years in the future and the probable difficulty with accents couldn't have made people who did see it very eager to recommend it. On top of this, the movie is not a thriller but a truly disturbing exploration of evil. It makes the roughly contemporary FRENZY look like a sitcom. Movies became more realistic in the late sixties and early seventies than they have been before or since. 10 RILLINGTON PLACE may be the most realistic movie about a serial killer ever made. It may not be the scariest, but it's the most memorable. I haven't forgotten it, and I haven't seen it in more than a generation. It is a mournful movie for serious viewing.


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