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Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | December 1961 (USA)
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

Leo Marks (original story), Leo Marks (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karlheinz Böhm ... Mark Lewis (as Carl Boehm)
Moira Shearer ... Vivian
Anna Massey ... Helen Stephens
Maxine Audley ... Mrs. Stephens
Brenda Bruce ... Dora
Miles Malleson ... Elderly Gentleman Customer
Esmond Knight ... Arthur Baden
Martin Miller ... Dr. Rosen
Michael Goodliffe ... Don Jarvis
Jack Watson ... Chief Insp. Gregg
Shirley Anne Field ... Pauline Shields (as Shirley Ann Field)
Pamela Green ... Milly
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Storyline

Mark Lewis, works as a focus puller in a British film studio. On his off hours, he supplies a local porno shop with cheesecake photos and also dabbles in filmmaking. A lonely, unfriendly, sexually repressed fellow, Mark is obsessed with the effects of fear and how they are registered on the face and behavior of the frightened. This obsession dates from the time when, as a child, he served as the subject of some cold-blooded experiments in terror conducted by his own scientist father. As a grown man, Mark becomes a compulsive murderer who kills women and records their contorted features and dying gasps on film. His ongoing project is a documentary on fear. With 16mm camera in hand, he accompanies a prostitute to her room and stabs her with a blade concealed in his tripod, all the while photographing her contorted face in the throes of terror and death. Alone in his room, he surrounds himself with the sights and sounds of terror: taped screams, black-and-white "home movies" of convulsed... Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Den stærkeste kriminal-gyser De nogensinde har set [Denmark] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Vivian's small reel-to-reel tape recorder is a Grundig "Cub". First introduced in 1959 and advertised as a "miniature portable" tape recorder, it was battery operated, weighed about five pounds, and could record for approximately 30 minutes. MSRP was £27 ($76 at the time, or $636 in 2017). See more »

Goofs

Mark plays a tape recording of himself aged 5, made by his father who had every room in the house wired. Domestic tape recorders were not available until the late 1940s, when Mark would would have been at least 10. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mark approaches the prostitute, covertly filming her]
Dora: It'll be two quid
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Alternate Versions

Blockbuster video version runs 101 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cube (1997) See more »

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very good movie
6 November 2006 | by vampi1960See all my reviews

i saw peeping tom on rob zombies underground cinema on turner classics,i have to admit it is a good movie,scary like Alfred Hitchcock's;psycho.but for some reason i did'nt think it was a movie in color.anyway its a highly recommended film.if rob zombie says its good i have to agree with him.he knows good horror/monster films.i don't really know anyone in the cast except Moira shearer, who did some movie called the red shoes,heard of it but did'nt see it. the story concerns a shy but demented photographer who likes to film his victims before killing them with his spiked tripod.remember this is 1960 so don't expect buckets of blood and gore.i cant believe i never seen this movie before,but then again there's a lot of vintage films i never seen yet.i recommend this movie and i also recommend rob zombies underground cinema on turner classics.8 out of 10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face of Fear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP135,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,640
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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