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Cul-de-sac (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 7 November 1966 (USA)
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In search of help, two wounded gangsters on the run find refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife; however, under the point of a gun, nothing is what it seems.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Roman Polanski (original screenplay), Gérard Brach (original screenplay) (as Gerard Brach)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Pleasence ... George
Françoise Dorléac ... Teresa
Lionel Stander ... Richard
Jack MacGowran ... Albie
Iain Quarrier ... Christopher
Geoffrey Sumner ... Christopher's Father
Renee Houston ... Christopher's Mother
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Philip Fairweather
Marie Kean ... Marion Fairweather
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Cecil
Jacqueline Bisset ... Jacqueline (as Jackie Bisset)
Trevor Delaney Trevor Delaney ... Horace
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Storyline

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion. Written by Sean Taylor <Taylor@org.chem.ethz.ch>

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Taglines:

L'Humour, L'Amour, La Mort. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cul-de-sac See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,500
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Has one of the longest continuous sequences in cinematic history (at the time of release) at 7 mins 28 secs (the beach scene). See more »

Goofs

The water level and the position of the car changes between shots when Dickie takes George and Teresa to push the car onto the island. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Albie: RICHARD!
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Alternate Versions

The VHS version released in Brazil by Globo Vídeo has exactly 100 minutes. See more »

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Happened in a castle...
13 March 2009 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

A wounded criminal, Dickie and his dying partner Albie find an old seaside castle.That castle is full of chickens and it is owned by the meek and a bit neurotic George and his sensual young wife Teresa.Now these two are the hostages of Dickie, who's waiting for his boss to come.Cul-de-sac (1966) was the second film of Roman Polanski in English.It's a fascinating movie, and a bit bizarre, perhaps.You have to like Donald Pleasence's work as George.His character is comical but also tragic, shy and sensitive, someone who's easy to be manipulated.The way George is ridiculed by his woman, who dresses him as a woman and puts on some make-up on him tells a lot about what kind of a man George is.Francoise Dorléac is perfect in the role of his Mrs.Lionel Stander is somewhat sympathetic as Dickie.Jack MacGowran, who's also remembered from Polanski's Dance of the Vampires from the next year, plays Albie brilliantly.Ian Quarrier plays Christopher.Jacqueline Bisset makes her second film appearance in a small role.This movie has a lot of memorable stuff.It's great to watch when they have unexpected guests of George's friends and Dickie has to portray a butler.Or the moments on the beach with Teresa swimming nude in the background.This movie has some comedy.It has some psychological thriller.It has some drama.It has everything to keep you captivated.


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