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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)
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Workman Willis
Douglas Blackwell ...
Workman Jones
Gabrielle Daye ...
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David Jackson ...
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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 closing credits declare that "this film was made in Rillington Place, Lee International Studios & Shepperton Studios, London, England". See more »

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In the Bar scene where Beryl and Tim agree to have the abortion done, Tim is seen drinking from an almost full glass of beer, then when the camera switches, it is almost empty, then it fills back up for the next shot. See more »

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John Reginald Christie: I do know people, medical people, who could help you out.
Beryl Evans: But that would cost money, wouldn't it?
John Reginald Christie: Yes, that's true I'm afraid. They're very eminent men. One particularly I had in mind, I used to assist him in his earlier days, studied with him, its quite a simple matter.
Beryl Evans: You mean you know how to do it, Mr Christie?
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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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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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