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And Soon the Darkness (1970)

Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

Director:

Robert Fuest

Writers:

Brian Clemens (original story), Terry Nation (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pamela Franklin ... Jane
Michele Dotrice ... Cathy
Sandor Elès ... Det. Paul Salmon
John Nettleton ... Gendarme
Clare Kelly Clare Kelly ... Schoolmistress
Hana Maria Pravda ... Madame Lassal (as Hana-Maria Pravda)
John Franklyn John Franklyn ... Old Man
Claude Bertrand Claude Bertrand ... Lassal
Jean Carmet ... Renier
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Jane and Cathy, two English women in their early twenties, are on a cycling tour. While traveling in rural France, they begin to disagree about the route. Cathy would prefer to take things in at a leisurely pace, while Jane is trying to stick to strict schedule. After arguing, they part ways. When her friend fails to rejoin her, Jane begins to worry and returns to the last place she saw her. Cathy has vanished. Alone and with a limited knowledge of French, Jane doesn't know who to trust as she frantically searches for her missing friend. Written by L. Hamre

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Two beautiful girls...a bright summer day...trapped in a terrifying web of shock and suspense. See more »


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Made by more or less the same production team that had made The Avengers (1961) television series. See more »

Goofs

(at around the 8 minute mark) When the man is watching the two girls cycling past him on the road, the camera and camera operator can clearly be seen reflected in his sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Cathy: Why don't you go, just go!
Jane: Yes, I think I will! I think I'll do just that!
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Referenced in End Roll (2012) See more »

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superb English suspense film set in rural France
4 February 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Surprisingly good suspenseful mystery here! I watched a used copy of the full frame HBO Video VHS, and I'm tempted to upgrade to the widescreen DVD which also has a commentary track.

Two pretty young English women are bicycling across the French countryside using scenic backroads (shot on location). The blonde spots a young Frenchman with sunglasses at a café that she thinks is "dishy," and they keep encountering him on the road, since he speeds by on his scooter and they continually pass him when he stops somewhere (a cemetery, a café).

They rest off the side of the road on the edge of some woods, and have a spat. The brunette wants to stick to their schedule, while the blonde wants to sunbathe and perhaps even turn back around to find and talk to the young man. The brunette goes on ahead, while the blonde stays put.

The brunette feels guilty, though, and stops at a café and waits. Her friend doesn't show up. The proprietress tries to tell her something, but the English girl speaks very little French. The French that is spoken is appropriately not subtitled, putting those of us who also don't know French into her shoes. The café owner knows a tiny bit of English: "bad road." The girl decides to go back for her friend, and finds her missing, though her camera is still there.

There are a lot of suspicious people in the movie. The young man with the sunglasses is the first obvious suspect, but there's also a farmer in a field, the café owner and a man in overalls at her café, an older British lady, a gendarme, the gendarme's father.... The poor English girl doesn't know who she can trust.

I really enjoyed this movie a lot, and I didn't find it to be slow at all.


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

And Soon the Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Jargeau in Loiret, France See more »

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Budget:

GBP260,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Systems)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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