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Writers:
Brian Hayles (screenplay)
John Blackburn (novel)
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Release Date:
June 1975 (USA) See more »
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This nightmare has already killed five people - now it's yours to live!
Plot:
Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Christopher Lee ... Colonel Charles Bingham

Peter Cushing ... Sir Mark Ashley

Diana Dors ... Anna Harb
Georgia Brown ... Joan Foster
Keith Barron ... Dr. Haynes
Gwyneth Strong ... Mary Valley

Fulton Mackay ... Cameron
John Robinson ... Lord Fawnlee
Morris Perry ... Dr. Yeats

Michael Gambon ... Inspector Grant
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Alison
Duncan Lamont ... Dr. Knight

Kathleen Byron ... Dr. Rose
Geoffrey Frederick ... Computer Operator
Louise Nelson ... Nurse
Robin Wentworth ... Head Porter
Michael Segal ... First Reporter
John Kelland ... Second Reporter
Michael Wynne ... Donald
Kenneth Watson ... Jamie (as Ken Watson)
Andrew McCulloch ... Malcolm
Paul Humpoletz ... Angus
Stuart Saunders ... Police Sergeant
Stanley Lebor ... Policeman
Michael Brennan ... Deck Hand
Beatrice Kane ... Helen Van Traylen
Janet Bruce ... Naureen Stokes
Geoffrey Denton ... Paul Anderson

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
 
Writing credits
Brian Hayles (screenplay)

John Blackburn (novel "Nothing But the Night")

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
Christopher Lee .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Williamson 
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Talbot  (as Ken Talbot)
 
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Colin Grimes 
 
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... make-up
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
 
Production Management
Tom Sachs .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ariel Levy .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound mixer
Don Challis .... sound editor
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist
Cyril Taylor .... sound camera
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Eddy Joseph .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical director
 
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
Liz Green .... production secretary
John T. Parker .... presenter
Stirling W. Smith .... presenter
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Renée Glynne .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"The Resurrection Syndicate" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Spain:18 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2012) | USA:PG
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First cinema film of Michael Gambon.See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
More then you let on., 25 June 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Three trustees of the Van Travlen have died within the last couple of months, their deaths looking less than natural. When a bus accident occurs involving the Van Traylen Trust, the only survivor is the young girl Mary Valley. The behaviour of Mary has Dr Haynes worried, so he tries his best to dig up information on her and this leads to her original mother/convicted murderer. She wants Mary back, but the Trust manages to bring her back to their orphanage on the Scottish isle of Bala. Police Colonel Bingham believes there's more to these deaths, and soon his trying to protect the Trust from Mary's mother who believes that they turned her daughter against her. Also pathologist Sir Mark Ashley and reporter Joan Foster start digging up some vital dirt, which could answer many questions.

"Nothing But the Night" seems to fall more in the interesting bracket, than the successful one. Peter Sasdy's minor mystery chiller is a moderate attempt made more accessible due to the presence of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was actually produced under Lee's Charlemagne production company, and would be the last one too. These two icons of the genre can make anything watchable and even though they might not be as prominent here. They still have the ability to leave their mark when they aren't on screen. Brain Hayles' cryptic screenplay (taken off John Blackburn's novel) works up a smart, if overly padded script and captivating dying half, but the knotty plot doesn't seem to click, as it moves all over the place making it hard to get comfortable and come to terms with the haunting pay-off. You might find the twist kinda obvious, but the true revelation throws you off. It does take quite awhile to hit its straps. Which could turn people off from its talkative and slow progression. However the timidly restraint and uncertain nature only makes the final 10 minutes even more unnerving, as that's when the murder mystery makes way for some creepy horror strokes. Both Sasdy and Hayles do a good enough job in keeping the viewer interested. Sasdy uses the open locations to great effect, and ably stages the set pieces with efficient slickness and ominously dark shades. Malcolm Williamson's lightly smooth jazzy score stays on the back-burner and Ken Talbot's sturdy photography keeps it stark and upfront. The performances are considerably tailor-made. Lee (more uptight than usual) and Cushing are at their assured best, even if they only have lesser parts. The spruce Diana Dors makes for a good fiery, eccentric turn and Georgia Brown's is equally impressive as the down-to-earth reporter. Gwyneth Strong wonderfully draws up her part as Mary.

A middling hot (impeccably acted) and cold (unfocused story) mystery thriller.

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