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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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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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 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.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Charter Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's controversial nature led to a prologue being added during post-production, explaining that there was no connection between Mongolism and psychopathic behavior. See more »

Quotes

Joan Harper: If I had kicked your father where he deserved, he'd have never had walked again.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the police rank Superintendent is spelled Superintendant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Horror Story: Halloween: Part 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Madeleine
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Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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More of a character study then a thriller.
8 February 2002 | by Rich359See all my reviews

Twisted Nerve is a rather well made film about a psychopathic young man who regresses to an infantile, rage filled personality when stressed or sexually atracted to another person. Released in the United States in 1968 by National General Pictures, the film was controversial for its suggested link between downs syndrome and psychopathology.

The film was a box office disapointment probally because it was marketed as an axe-killer psycho movie, which it is not. Although there are a few shocking scenes, this film is a character study of a person damaged by his herediary and his overly protective, seductive mother.

This film is nearly impossible to see if you didn't catch it in 1968. It was available from Thorn/Emi in Austraila, but I believe its OOP.


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