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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 & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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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A Slick Film of Perverse Originality! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

Jacqueline Bisset was considered for Françoise Dorléac's role, but because she was an inexperienced actress Roman Polanski ended up casting her in a bit part instead. See more »

Goofs

When Dickie is pushing the car, the shadow of the camera and the cameraman can be seen on him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: What the hell are you doing?
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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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Referenced in The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

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Black Comedy That Just Seemed to Miss Me
15 April 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take up refuge at a beachfront villa, which (not surprisingly) makes the owners less than thrilled.

I watched this as part of my quest to see all of Polanski's films in order. After two psychological films, he has switched to comedy... and I am not entirely sure I get it. Visually, this film is quite stunning and it has some good camera work (including one of the longest continuous sequences in cinematic history at the time of release at 7 minutes and 28 seconds).

Jack Nicholson claimed in an interview in 2007 that this is his favorite film. Not sure what to make of that. I loved Donald Pleasance as the cross-dressing wimp, but beyond that, I just do not think I really got it... the humor was not so strong and the darkness was not all that dark.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

7 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,500
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