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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

According to a Bernard Herrmann soundtrack album, the whistler's name is Gareth Williams. Williams is also credited with some work on the orchestration of the piece. 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
(uncredited)
Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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quite nasty moments and a splattering of blood
24 February 2010 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Not at all bad. From an uneasy, start complete with voice-over to try and mitigate the non PC nature of the main thread of the film, this builds very nicely to a very decent climax. Hywell Bennet is most effective as the young man who tries to break from his mother and Hayley Mills surprisingly good playing against type.

If it hadn't been for the controversy surrounding the film regarding 'Mongols', she may have gone on to a much more interesting career. Good pacing and fleshed out secondary characters help to make this an absorbing psycho thriller, with some quite nasty moments and a splattering of blood.


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