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Maniac (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 30 October 1963 (USA)
An American painter has an affair with a bar owner in a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.

Director:

Michael Carreras

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kerwin Mathews ... Jeff Farrell
Nadia Gray ... Eve Beynat
Donald Houston ... Henri
Liliane Brousse ... Annette Beynat
George Pastell ... Inspector Etienne
Arnold Diamond ... Janiello
Norman Bird ... Salon
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Grace
Jerold Wells ... Giles
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Storyline

Kerwin Matthews, playing a dissolute drifter down on his luck, Jeff Farrell, is stranded in a cheap bar in France where he falls for Annette, the proprietor's pretty stepdaughter, played by Liliane Brousse. Annette's stepmother Eve, played by Nadia Gray, gradually shifts the young man's attentions to herself, rather than her stepdaughter, and together Eve and Jeff concoct a plot to help free Eve's estranged husband from the institution in which he's been confined as a homicidal maniac these past four years after committing the so-called "Acetylene Murder", when he killed with a blowtorch the man who raped Annette. The idea is that Georges, the husband, will leave the country, but, unknown to Jeff, it's not Georges who escapes but Henri, the guard who has become Eve's lover . . . Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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He Stalks His Prey! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maniac See more »

Filming Locations:

Montfrin, Gard, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Liliane Brousse plays a nineteen year-old girl in this film. Brousse was actually twenty-five at the time. See more »

Goofs

At the beach, Eve begins to remove her blouse twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Etienne: Why do you Americans always answer questions with questions of their own?
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 2017 when the film was granted a '12' certificate for home video. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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6 February 2000 | by avalardSee all my reviews

Maniac is one of those rare Hammer films, a truly suspenseful horror. Its wonderful to watch, and so much better in widescreen. The unseen story intrigues, where the visual whets the appetite. A truly twisted story of intrigue and unrequited love, with a macabre twist that could only come from the studio that bred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as the ultimate horror team.

Although not as good as some of their other work, nevertheless, I was kept guessing as the plot became more complex, and enthralled by the scenery and style.

What is more, it is a contemporary film (well, 1963) and set in modern France, with real French actors!


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