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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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Hayley's romantic, carefree holiday suddenly becomes an electrifying surprise in suspense! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the book "The James Joyce Murder" by Amanda Cross, most of the cast go to a drive-in and see a movie which is obviously this film. See more »

Goofs

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

Soundtracks

Villiage Wedding
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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A fun-filled exotic adventure for the whole family
20 June 2001 | by muguet21See all my reviews

The Moon-Spinners, which takes Hayley Mills to the island of Crete, is an exciting adventure story that's appropriate for children of all ages. Mills is Nikki Ferris, a young woman on vacation with her aunt. "Moon-Spinners" moves quickly into action and is definitely better than Mills' previous film, Summer Magic, because of its expansion and explanation of different characters' backgrounds. If you like Hayley Mills' Disney films, you'll love The Moon-Spinners".


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