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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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July 1972 (UK) See more »
Two Children. Two Adults. One Unspeakable Crime.
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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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
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | 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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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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Referenced in Brando (2007) (TV)See more »


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The nightcomers should have gone...., 23 March 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Made at a time when Brando was doing very little on film (and when he did, could do no right, if one examines the reviews and box office returns of his films during this period), this prequel to "The Innocents" (which was based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw") has little going for it, but may still provide some interest to fans of his. Brando plays a valet whose employer and wife have died in India. The couple's two children come to live at their parents' estate and Brando stays on as a gardener/handyman. Also in residence is a persnickety maid (Hyrd) and a refined nanny/schoolteacher (Beacham.) These five form an uneasy existence with each other as the children hang on the earthy and repugnant Brando's every word and Brando repeatedly seduces Beacham with increasing sadomasochism. Hyrd tries to keep everyone in check to no avail. Finally, the machinations and misunderstandings culminate in a burst of violence, just in time for the story to peter out and set up for the beginning of the original. Brando is an acquired taste here. It's one of his performances in which it's the audience's duty (burden?) to figure out what he is doing and what he is saying. He's messy, flabby, often unintelligible and, naturally, self-indulgent. Nonetheless, fans of his may lap it up with relish. Beacham does a nice enough job, but can't hope to win any scenes up against the ACTING of Brando. The children (scarcely heard of again after this) are the typical bratty, snotty, unattractive, impossible kids that have been seen in countless British movies. The most interesting performance in the film is actually that of Hyrd. She brings a lot of variety and detail to her role of the housekeeper. Andrews pops up briefly and effectively as the children's' disinterested uncle. The film is stacked with unappetizing and repulsive scenes such as a frog being killed, a turtle being mistreated, chicken feathers being ripped out by hand and then, of course, the "arty" S&M sex scenes between Brando and Beacham. These tasteless (and rather boring) sequences don't illuminate the characters or entertain the audience and so are pretty pointless. There's a grain of interest in the material, but the sloppy direction and awkward script don't help keep it going. Stay awake for Beacham's hilarious final screen moment and for Brando's as well. Fortunately, for him, "The Godfather" was just around the corner.

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