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The Moon-Spinners (1964)

A teenager encounters romance, intrigue and a search for stolen jewels during her visit to the island of Crete.

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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British musicologist Frances Ferris (Joan Greenwood) and her late teen niece Nikky Ferris (Hayley Mills) are travelling 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 (Michael Davis), the young teen son of the proprietress Sophia (Irene Papas), he who is fond of spouting current popular Americanisms in his slightly broken English, seeming to want them there. Frances and Nikky learn from Alexis that the unwelcoming feeling is all because of his maternal Uncle Stratos (Eli Wallach), 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 (Peter McEnery), who they befriend. Nikky is too preoccupied ... Written by Huggo

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


Certificate:

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Trivia

This movie was released two years after its source novel of the same name by Mary Stewart was published. 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

Alexis: No time make love!
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Soundtracks

Two Romantic Strangers
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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User Reviews

 
"Moon-spinners/Spin me a moon tonight..."
15 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

From Walt Disney, an overly-involved story of jewel thieves and a young girl swept away by intrigue while vacationing in Crete. I understand why some say the film is sluggish or dull; it does drag, and has one too many plots going on, not to mention far too many characters who may-or-may-not be what they seem. However, Hayley Mills is enchanting as intrepid Nikky Ferris. She gets her ire up, gets to be silly, trades quips with Pola Negri (looking regal). Also fabulous: the dizzying sequence where Mills escapes villainous Eli Wallach by jumping from a windmill (beautiful camera-work and direction). Not a taut Hitchcockian mystery, but a good attempt at one. Terrific Terry Gilkyson theme song, fine supporting work from Wallach, Joan Greenwood and young Peter McEnery, who gives Hayley her first screen kiss. *** from ****


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

8 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Agios Nicholaos, Crete, Greece See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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