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Twisted Nerve (1968)

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

Leo Marks (screenplay), Roy Boulting (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Susan Harper
Hywel Bennett ... Martin Durnley (Georgie Clifford)
Billie Whitelaw ... Joan Harper
Phyllis Calvert ... Enid Durnley
Barry Foster ... Gerry Henderson
Frank Finlay ... Henry Durnley
Salmaan Peerzada ... Shashie Kumar (as Salmaan Peer)
Christian Roberts ... Philip Harvey
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... 'Clarkie'
Thorley Walters ... Sir John Forrester
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Professor Fuller
Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Groom
Timothy West ... Superintendant Dakin
Brian Peck ... Det-Sgt Rogers
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... 'Taffy' Evans
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Storyline

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality - that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

December 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Tem Cara de Anjo See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Joan Harper: If I had kicked your father where he deserved, he'd have never had walked again.
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In the closing credits, the police rank Superintendent is spelled Superintendant. See more »

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Martin/Georgie
14 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennett who scored big in The Family Way, she as the eager bride and him as the groom with nervous performance problems, made several films after that together. But Twisted Nerve is about as different from The Family Way as you can get. Hayley Mills still had some box office clout via the Disney films she made. But it's Bennett here who has a meaty role as a narcissistic sociopath.

He meets Hayley Mills when both are suspected of shoplifting in a London toy store. But Mills and Bennett both get out of it after he puts on a second personality, a man with the development of a seven year old. Mills feels sorry for him and Bennett makes a note of her address and makes sure to bump into her.

He may act a seven year old as a ploy calling himself Georgie. But in is real life role as Martin, Bennett is getting an understandable case of the hots for Mills. She can't take him seriously though in his little boy persona. That's when Bennett's narcissism takes over and he goes full blown psychotic.

Bennett dominates this film, he enters the room your eyes are on him even if he's not speaking. Beautiful as Hayley Mills was at the prime of her life, she can't keep your attention when Hywel is in the scene.

The film fills you full of anticipation. You never know when Bennett is going to finally lose it, but when he does you are fearful of this man/child.

Nothing like The Family Way, but still a good film.


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