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Release Date:
25 December 1972 (UK) See more »
Plot:
A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good But Unoriginal See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Bryant ... Peter Brock

Jane Asher ... Jill Greeley

Iain Cuthbertson ... Roy Collinson

Michael Bates ... Eddie Holmes
Reginald Marsh ... Crawshaw

Tom Chadbon ... Hargrave

John Forgeham ... Maudsley
Philip Trewinnard ... Stewart Jessop

James Cosmo ... Cliff Dow

Neil Wilson ... Sergeant Paterson
Christopher Banks ... Vicar
Michael Graham Cox ... Alan
Hilda Fenemore ... Bar Helper
Peggy Marshall ... Bar Lady

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale 

Produced by
Innes Lloyd .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Geoff Higgs (videotape editor)
 
Production Design by
Richard Henry 
 
Costume Design by
Odette Barrow 
 
Makeup Department
Maureen Winslade .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Bernard Lodge .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Desmond Briscoe .... special sound effects: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Tony Millier .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Day .... visual effects designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Wright .... lighting technician
 
Music Department
Desmond Briscoe .... composer: electronic music (uncredited)
 
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Louis Marks .... script editor
 
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Runtime:
90 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Certification:
UK:PG (video rating)

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According to Nigel Kneale on the DVD commentary, taping of the play went over allowed time so a number of the scenes had not been taped. The production was remounted but Michael Bates could not make the new dates, so his lines were given to Iain Cuthbertson.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the film, as Jill climbs the staircase and holds the railing, you can see how the supposedly stone wall stretches where it's attached to the railing.See more »
Quotes:
Peter Brock:[on analyzing a ghost by electronic means] Let's say it's a mass of data... waiting for a correct interpretation.See more »
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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Good But Unoriginal, 20 October 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

BBC four showed a tribute to the great Nigel Kneale entitled THE KNEALE TAPES and followed it with a screening of the 1972 teleplay THE STONE TAPE . I enjoyed the profile but couldn`t help thinking I would have preferred seeing the groundbreaking 1984 or even QUATERMASS 2 but never look a gift horse in the mouth

I enjoyed THE STONE TAPE far more than I expected but there is a slight flaw to it - It`s highly derivative of Kneale`s other scripts from the past , especially his masterwork QUATERMASS AND THE PIT . Without giving too much away I was instantly reminded of the events of Hobs Lane with a terrified character running away and a minister turning up with a bell , book and candle

THE STONE TAPE does thankfully manage to stand on its own legs and works as a haunted house story . It`s also very clever even if it`s not amongst Kneale`s greatest work though some viewers may be put off with the unsympathetic characters especially Peter Brock , but remember Kneale`s not the sort of guy who paints people black and white . Director Peter Sasdy`s direction may be a little flat but that`s not really a criticism and he does bring a certain amount of atmosphere to the play , check out the scary title and end credits . My only criticism of Sasdy is that the acting is a little over emphatic , which strangely seems to be a problem with some of Nigel Kneale teleplays no matter who the director is .

But it`s still pretty good stuff from a time when watching television was a great experience ,and I`d be very interested in what people who have never seen QUATERMASS AND THE PIT thought of it .

And if you`re reading this Mister Kneale I`d like to say thanks for all the outstanding drama you`ve given us over the decades

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