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The Nightcomers -- Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms. Jessel, and the the slow corruption of the children in their care.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Hastings (written by)
Henry James (characters)
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Release Date:
July 1972 (UK) See more »
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Two Children. Two Adults. One Unspeakable Crime.
Plot:
Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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(20 articles)
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Taking careful notes from the grownups See more (25 total) »

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Directed by
Michael Winner 
 
Writing credits
Michael Hastings (written by)

Henry James (characters)

Produced by
Michael Winner .... producer
Jay Kanter .... executive producer (uncredited)
Elliott Kastner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Alan Ladd Jr. .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Winner  (as Arnold Crust Jr.)
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Westbrook 
 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager
James Crawford .... production manager (as James M. Crawford)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Dryhurst .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bill Dennison .... assistant art director (as Bill Benninson)
Syd Nightingale .... construction manager (as Sid Nightingale)
Ray Traynor .... property master
Barry Wilkinson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Russ Hill .... dialogue editor
Christopher Kent .... sound recordist (as Chris Kent)
Terry Rawlings .... dubbing editor (as Terence Rawlings)
Hugh Strain .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Troke .... camera operator (as Tony Troke)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Beck .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Frederick Wilson .... supervising editor (as Freddie Wilson)
 
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
 
Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
 

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96 min
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Director Michael Winner originally offered the role of Miss Jessel to Vanessa Redgrave, but she was filming in Italy and had to decline. Jennie Linden also refused the role.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Taking careful notes from the grownups, 9 November 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although the sets and cinematography are scrupulously suggestive of the early 20th century in the United Kingdom and the performances quite good, The Nightcomers never quite gels as a Gothic horror classic. Maybe we see a bit too much of ourselves and don't like to think of the implications of what we're watching.

The children of a wealthy British family are left orphaned by the deaths of their parents in a motor car crash. A cousin who is the closest relation to the father Harry Andrews is at the estate to tidy up affairs, but has no desire to stay there or act as a parent to these two. Never mind, they are amply provided for with cook and governess who are Thora Hird and Stephanie Beacham. The father had a valet played by Marlon Brando and since there is clearly no need for one now he's relegated to the gardener's duties.

Brando's delightful Irish gardener Quint bonds with the kids. He's full of blarney and charm, but that cheerful exterior hides a rather complex and sadistic being. The kids catch him and Beacham in some kind of bondage game as Brando initiates Beacham into the finer points sadomasochistic sex. Both children take careful notes. The kids are played by Christopher Ellis and Verna Harvey.

In the end what happens sets the stage for Henry James's classic Gothic horror tale The Turn Of The Screw. That was brought to the screen ten years earlier as The Innocents which starred Deborah Kerr as the new governess for the kids. According to The Nightcomers, The Innocents would be the last thing anyone would have entitled that film.

Fine performances, wonderful sets and cinematography, yet the film just lacks a spark to consider it a classic. Marlon Brando's fans will want to see it though.

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