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Director:
Writers:
Henry James (characters) and
Michael Hastings
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Release Date:
July 1972 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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It's The Explanation See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Michael Winner 
 
Writing credits
Henry James (characters)

Michael Hastings 

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 
 
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
 
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 .... assistant camera (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
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:K-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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
It's The Explanation, 6 May 2006
Author: worldsofdarkblue from Toronto

For the inscrutable yet precocious personalities of Miles and Flora evident in the 1961 film 'The Innocents'. As well, the ghosts of that movie are fleshed out nicely in this prequel. Quint is a morally repugnant character, sadistic and controlling, but he's also darkly magnetic as the corrupter of the lovely young governess who submits to (and even embraces) his perverted ideas of sexuality. Together they are fated to become the imprisoned souls that haunt the estate. Together they have inflicted unknowable damage to the psyches of the children.

Brando is very good in the role of Quint. He gives the character a credibility and powerfulness that one would expect from a personality who will ultimately refuse to leave, even after his bizarre death. Few actors would be convincing enough to portray such a reprehensible protagonist and still be vaguely, mysteriously likable. That Brando can deliver this affect with legitimacy is not surprising, genius that he is. Another who might have been very interesting to watch in this role is Dirk Bogarde.

The director's visual styling of the film is it's most unfavorable aspect and prevents it from being excellent. In any case, this unusual little entry has always been a tad underrated. I suspect that now that Marlon has passed on an overdue re-assessment is likely.

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