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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:

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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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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The old Greek church seen in the movie was not authentic but a set construction built by the production for the picture. See more »

Goofs

Nikky mentions visiting Athens and wishing they could stick the Acropolis back together. The Acropolis is the HILL the Parthenon is on---which is crumbling temple she'd like stuck back together. See more »

Quotes

Stratos: They cannot have lied. The stars cannot lie...
Madame Habib: Everybody lies when it serves their purpose, even the stars
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Connections

Referenced in The Parent Trap II (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Romantic Strangers
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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One of Disney's best films
13 August 2000 | by moviebuf-46See all my reviews

I enjoyed the story and the Hitchcock-like suspense in this film. Haley Mills was excellent and very beautiful, and she still is! Eli Wallach's acting was also very good, although he was better in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Too bad there was never a Moon Spinners sequel.


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