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31 October 1973 (USA) See more »
In the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe... See more »
A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kim Novak ... Auriol (segment 4 "Luau")

Georgia Brown ... Fay Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")

Joan Collins ... Bella Thompson (segment 3 "Mel")

Jack Hawkins ... Dr. Nicholas

Donald Houston ... Sam Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")

Michael Jayston ... Brian (segment 3 "Mel")

Suzy Kendall ... Ann / Beatrice (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")

Peter McEnery ... Timothy Patrick (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")

Michael Petrovitch ... Kimo (segment 4 "Luau")

Donald Pleasence ... Prof. R.C. Tremayne
Russell Lewis ... Paul Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Lesley Nunnerley ... Vera (segment 4 "Luau")

Leon Lissek ... Keoki (segment 4 "Luau")

Mary Tamm ... Ginny (segment 4 "Luau")
David Wood ... Tutor - Phillipe (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")

Zohra Segal ... Malia (segment 4 "Luau")
Neil Kennedy ... 1st Removal Man (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Richard Connaught ... 2nd Removal Man (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Beth Morris ... Polly (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Frank Forsyth ... Uncle Albert (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Gray ... Jack Hawkins Voice Double (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jennifer Jayne  (as Jay Fairbank)

Produced by
Norman Priggen .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Ebbinghouse 
Cinematography by
Norman Warwick 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Art Direction by
Roy Walker 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup supervisor
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Production Management
Geoffrey Haine .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Saunders .... assistant director
Art Department
Michael Lamont .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ken Ritchie .... sound recordist
Nolan Roberts .... sound recordist
Allan Sones .... dubbing editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Bernard Ebbinghouse .... conductor
Other crew
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)

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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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This was the last of eight horror anthology films by Amicus before the company folded. The others include Tales from the dark side; vault of horror; the house that dripped blood; from beyond the grave; Asylum; Dr terrors house of horrors and torture gardenSee more »
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Referenced in HauntedWeen (1991)See more »


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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Severely lacking Amicus anthology, 26 October 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Freddie Francis directed a lot of the best omnibus films that Amicus had to offer; but unfortunately, this isn't one of them. It would seem that the studio was running out of ideas after the likes of The House that Dripped Blood and The Vault of Horror, as every story in this film feels like an afterthought. The wraparound revolves around a mental home, where Doctor Tremayne is showing someone around his various patients. We then get treated to the story behind how they all got there. These films normally start off with a lacklustre tale, and this one is no different as the first features a young kid with a tiger. Nothing particularly of note for this tale, except for the fact that you'll be hoping it gets better. It does, but only slightly. The second story is completely stupid and also rather boring as we follow an antique store owner who gets a penny farthing bicycle and finds that it's a time machine and he can go back into the past, under the watchful eye of a painting of 'Uncle Albert'. Again, there's nothing particularly of note here and the way it plods out is far from interesting.

The third tale is undoubtedly the best, and is the weird story of a man who falls in love with a tree stump. Aside from the obvious fact that you simply wouldn't bring an old piece of wood into the house (even if you are in a film about madness), this story is pretty good; it's funny enough and interesting in all the right places. It's not enough to save the film in its own right, but had all the segments been as good as this one; Tales That Witness Madness would have been a decent film. The final tale is extremely tedious and succeeds only in bring a slow end to the movie. The final tale follows a weird bloke who is involved in some kind of devilish sorcery. I know I won't remember what happened for long. These films almost always conclude their wraparound stories, and Tales That Witness Madness is no exception. However, like the rest of the film; the conclusion to the wraparound feels a lot like an afterthought and doesn't succeed in bringing any intrigue to a film severely lacking in it. Overall, Tales that Witness Madness features one decent story and three limp ones, and Amicus have certainly done a lot better.

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