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The Moon-Spinners (1964)

Travelling through Crete to collect folk songs for the BBC, a British teen and her aunt stumble upon local criminals who are peddling gems stolen from a London bank.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Michael Dyne (screenplay), Mary Stewart (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Nikky Ferris
Eli Wallach ... Stratos
Peter McEnery ... Mark Camford
Joan Greenwood ... Aunt Frances Ferris
Irene Papas ... Sophia
John Le Mesurier ... Anthony Gamble
Paul Stassino ... Lambis
Sheila Hancock ... Cynthia Gamble
Michael Davis ... Alexis
André Morell ... Yacht Captain (as Andre Morell)
George Pastell ... Police Lieutenant
Tutte Lemkow ... Orestes
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Hearse Driver
Harry Tardios Harry Tardios ... Bus Driver
Pamela Barrie Pamela Barrie ... Ariadne
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Storyline

British musicologist Frances Ferris and her late teen niece Nicky Ferris are traveling through Crete recording Greek folk songs for the BBC. In the usually quiet coastal town of Aghios Georgios, they manage to get a room at an inn called the Moon-Spinners, despite the people at the inn being busy preparing for a wedding, and no one there, except Alexis, the young teen son of the proprietress Sophia, he who is fond of spouting current popular Americanisms in his slightly broken English, seeming to want them there. Frances and Nicky learn from Alexis that the unwelcoming feeling is all because of his maternal Uncle Stratos, who has become a man suspicious of anyone ever since his recent return from London after being away for fifteen years. Beyond those there for the wedding, the only other guest at the inn is a young Englishman named Mark Camford, who they befriend. Nicky is too preoccupied with her own suspicions and mistrust of Stratos truly to see that there is something more ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

HAYLEY and a ROMANTIC STRANGER bound together by an ancient secret... too dangerous to share! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | UK | Argentina

Language:

English | Greek | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las hilanderas de la luna See more »

Filming Locations:

Agios Nicholaos, Crete, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This major motion picture's opening title card read: "The Island of Crete". See more »

Goofs

In the subtitles for the Walt Disney Film Classics Hayley Mills Collection DVD, it says twice "leopard growls". The problem is, the cat is a cheetah, not a leopard. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Frances Ferris: I don't know why one always thinks that foreigners will suddenly understand English if one shouts.
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Soundtracks

Stratos in Pursuit
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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great movie
19 November 2005 | by blwilson-2See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I first saw it when I was seven years old, so I developed my first crush on Haley Mills. I remember staring at a full moon and being transported to the Greek isles and holding hands with her and going on all sorts of adventures......sigh. and then there is The Truth About Spring and Search for the Castaways....a little boys heart was just a fluttering. Back to the Moon...I so wanted to be on that island to help her and her friend. I was all in knots during the wind mill adventure...wow for a seven year old that was very intense, especially for a country boy. I remember yelling at the movie screen when things got too intense, and I was very relieved when everything turned out OK. Yes the movie was very good and still would be good with another leading lady, but I am glad that Mr Disney found Haley Mills!


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