A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

John Mortimer (screenplay), Penelope Mortimer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Superintendent Newhouse
Carol Lynley ... Ann Lake
Keir Dullea ... Steven Lake
Martita Hunt ... Ada Ford
Anna Massey ... Elvira Smollett
Clive Revill ... Police Sgt. Andrews
Finlay Currie ... Doll Maker
Lucie Mannheim ... Cook
The Zombies ... The Zombies
Noël Coward ... Horacio Wilson
Adrienne Corri ... Dorothy
Megs Jenkins ... Sister
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... 1st Mother
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Teacher
Suzanne Neve ... 2nd Mother
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Storyline

Ann Lake has recently settled in England with her daughter, Bunny. When she goes to retrieve her daughter after the girl's first day at school, no one has any record of Bunny having been registered. When even the police can find no trace that the girl ever existed, they wonder if the child was only a fantasy of Ann's. When Ann's brother backs up the police's suspicions, she appears to be a mentally-disturbed individual. Are they right? Written by Alfred Jingle

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No one admitted while the clock is ticking! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Noël Coward didn't think much of Dullea as an actor. Reportedly he walked up to him on the set one day and whispered in his ear, "Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow." See more »

Goofs

The doll-maker lights a lamp which brightens up the whole room and casts a shadow of itself. This error is repeated when the lamp is brought into the next dark scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steven: She may be a few minutes late. Will you please wait for her?
Mover: Yes sir.
Mover: Thank you.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with a cutout of Bunny's doll, before a hand replaces the cutout with black paper, and the credits begin to roll. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Flightplan (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Out of Reach
Written by Colin Blunstone
Performed by The Zombies
Played on the television in the pub and later on the radio
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Great British movie
30 June 2004 | by lucy-19See all my reviews

Stuffed with wonderful character actors and recognisably shabby locations - like the little school in an old house where the cook is making junket (whatever happened to junket?). Her accent is familiar: she once played a beautiful spy in 39 Steps, warning of leaking "secrets vital to your air defence". After many viewings, it's easy to forget that it's a mystery and everyone is a suspect. Has Bunny been abducted by sinister Martita Hunt (the slightly dotty founder of the school)? Or creepy Noel Coward (the landlord)? The Zombies song "Just Out of Reach" keeps being reprised.

They were more famous, though, for a song called "She's Not There". How's that for intertextuality? The script is by John and Penelope Mortimer. John is famous for the Rumpole series, and Laurence Olivier's detective has echoes of Rumpole, muttering that bus conductors never notice anything - they are dreamers and philosophers. Noel Coward's character too is very Mortimerian: "There are many at the BBC who bear bruises left by the love of Horatio Wilson." Mortimer reveres Shakespeare and Conan Doyle and sometimes it shows.

The plot is stuffed, sometimes clunkily, with issues that were only just beginning to be spoken about: perversion (in the person of whip-wielding Horatio), teen pregnancy (Anne Lake seems about 20), unmarried motherhood and abortion. Anne chose to have her baby and raise it on her own. This is still a difficult course of action, but in 1965 it was groundbreaking, especially if you were - as she is - middle class.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bunny Lake Is Missing See more »

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Wheel Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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