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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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Storyline

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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Remember the way Hitchcock kept you on the edge of your seat...? See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Carson was originally cast as the police gendarme, but had to withdraw from the movie owing to his inability to drive a motorcycle. 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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Pretty creepy.
19 August 2002 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"And Soon the Darkness" is a slow-moving,but still surprisingly spooky horror film about a pair of women bicycling through rural France who run into a vicious rape-killer.Most of the movie is set on a sunny road,but the settings provide a claustrophobic atmosphere.The acting is okay,and Robert Fuest("The Abominable Dr.Phibes")directs with a sure hand.It's nice to see also horror regular Sandor Eles in the cast.8 out of 10.Recommended.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Systems)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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