Ben and Marian Rolf rent a grand old country mansion as a summer getaway for themselves, their twelve year old son Davey, and Ben's Aunt Elizabeth. They feel they can't turn down the rent deal offered to them by the house's owners, siblings Roz and Arnold Allardyce, despite some reservations. First amongst those reservations, they are to take care of the house on their own, which Ben feels is too big a job, especially for Marian and the interior housekeeping. In Marian's words, the large size of the house is a "waste". And second and perhaps more important amongst those reservations, the Allardyces' aged mother will be staying in her room at the house, the Rolfs who are to provide a tray of food left outside her room three times a day, which Marian vows to take care of on her own, with no other members of the family to go into that isolated wing of the house so as not to disturb Mrs. Allardyce's peace. Upon their arrival at the house for the first day of their stay, they find a note ... Written by
Up the ancient stairs, down the twisting corridor, behind the locked door, something lives, something strange, something evil, something from which no one has ever returned
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Did You Know?
According to "All His Jazz, The Life and Death of Bob Fosse," by Martin Gottfried (1990; Da Capo Press, 1998), David Begelman of CMA suggested "Burnt Offerings" to Fosse as a project after he completed Sweet Charity
(1969), but before it was released. The author of "Burnt Offerings," Robert Marasco, had recently written a successful Broadway thriller, Child's Play." Fosse worked on a script and "spent three months preparing (it), working out a budget and scouting locations with designer Tony Walton
, but the project ultimately fizzled." It was to be produced by Lawrence Turman
, who had produced The Graduate
(1967), but Fosse's friend, director Stanley Donen
, thought it was a bad idea. "Don't do it!" he pleaded. "It's no damned good. Why are you doing it?" See more
At the end of the film, when the chimney collapses, you can clearly see the cables on either side pulling the bricks down. See more
I hate this place! I want to get of here. I HATE IT!