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The Night Visitor (1971)

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In a Scandinavian insane asylum, murderer Salem sneaks-out at night to exact his revenge on those who he deems responsible for his predicament.

Director:

Laslo Benedek

Writers:

Guy Elmes (screenplay), Samuel Roeca (based on an original story by) (as Sam Roecca)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Max von Sydow ... Salem
Trevor Howard ... Inspector
Liv Ullmann ... Ester Jenks
Per Oscarsson ... Dr. Anton Jenks
Rupert Davies ... Mr. Clemens
Andrew Keir ... Dr. Kemp
Jim Kennedy Jim Kennedy ... Carl
Arthur Hewlett ... Pop
Hanne Borchsenius Hanne Borchsenius ... Emmie (as Hanne Bork)
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Mrs. Hansen
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ... Mr. Torens (as Bjorn Watt-Boolsen)
Lotte Freddie Lotte Freddie ... Britt Torens
Erik Kühnau Erik Kühnau ... Police Doctor (as Erik Kuhnau)
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Storyline

A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum. Written by alfiehitchie

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Locked in the cold asylum of his mind - a sane man stalks his prey...a haunting story of the possible See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was originally planned as an American-set film to star Steve McQueen and was announced as such by Twentieth Century Fox in 1963. See more »

Goofs

When Salem makes his second escape, at night after lights out, all scenes outdoors until he returns to his cell and pretends to sleep are obviously daylight. No attempt has been made to use a day-for-night filter. See more »

Quotes

Inspector: What's the smell?
Police Doctor: It's this chest rub she's been using. One of the popular brands: oil of peppermint.
Inspector: Menthol, in fact.
Police Doctor: That's it.
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Featured in Trailer Trauma Part 4: Television Trauma (2017) See more »

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this movie A.K.A lunatic,good performance by MVS as salem
12 April 2002 | by kingofhorrormoviesSee all my reviews

i was looking for "the night visitor" for long time cuz im a big max von sydow fan,and i finally i found it under

a strange title"Lunatic"which SURPRISINGLY not mentioned here

in a.k.a section . the story are the same here: a mental patient (MVS as salem)just

escaped from his asylum in his underwear and... sorry i won't spoil anything more here, , but this a real thriller and i recommend MVS fans to watch this movie its one of his better performance(after the exorcist 1 and 2 of course)

hani (king of horror movies)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lunatic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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