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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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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
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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5 March 1971 (West Germany)  »

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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 »


At the end of the film where Christie is arrested, the police constable leads him away from Putney Bridge (seen in the background). Putney police station is, in fact in the opposite direction in the Upper Richmond Road. The direction the constable takes Christie in the film would only lead down the river towpath towards Hammersmith. See more »


Beryl Evans: I'm ever so nervous Mr Christie
John Reginald Christie: There's no need to be, no need at all. Do you have undergarments on?
Beryl Evans: Yes.
John Reginald Christie: Well just slip them off will you.
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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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Excellent film version of a true crime
23 June 2005 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

There's a whole host of films from the great decade that was the seventies that have gone on to not get the praise that they so rightly deserve, and if one were to make a list of those films; 10 Rillington Place would feature in a prominent position. The film follows the true story of serial killer John Christie, who murdered a series of women in the late forties. His modus operandi is to murder his victims with gas, shortly before having sex with the corpse. Despite this shocking premise, the film always sees fit to focus more on the reality of the situation than the actual murders themselves. Despite not being graphic, this actually makes the film more shocking as we are constantly reminded of the things that go on behind what people allow us to know about ourselves. The murderer in this story is just a normal man. A nice man, in fact. People trust him, and even respect him; yet despite all this, the man is a stone cold killer. The realistic way that the story is approached, combined with the fact that these are real events ensures that 10 Rillington Place is a morbidly fascinating watch.

Richard Attenborough takes the lead role and does fantastically well with it. His calm mannerisms and nonthreatening demeanour clash well with the underlying evil of his character and we really can believe that this man is a maniac. The film was made in the United Kingdom, I'm proud to say, and this is obvious throughout. UK films have a certain atmosphere about them, and although I didn't know that this movie was homegrown before watching it; it soon became apparent. This style bodes well with the theme of the film, as it's downtrodden and makes sure that the film is firmly planted in the land in which the story took place. The idea of an innocent man not only going down, but being killed, for a crime he did not commit is shocking and the cold way that it is presented in this film reflects the fact that it actually happened and also gives it more of a degree of shock. On the whole, 10 Rillington Place is a film that shouldn't be missed by anyone. It's not all that well known, but this is unfair considering the quality of it and I wont hesitate to recommend this movie to people in the future.

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