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10 Rillington Place (1971)

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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Clive Exton (screenplay), Ludovic Kennedy (book)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Christie
Judy Geeson ... Beryl Evans
John Hurt ... Timothy Evans
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Ethel Christie
Isobel Black ... Alice
Miss Riley Miss Riley ... Baby Geraldine
Phyllis MacMahon ... Muriel Eady (as Phyllis Macmahon)
Ray Barron Ray Barron ... Workman Willis
Douglas Blackwell Douglas Blackwell ... Workman Jones
Gabrielle Daye ... Mrs. Lynch
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Mr. Lynch
Edward Evans ... Det. Inspector
Tenniel Evans ... Det. Sergeant
David Jackson David Jackson ... Constable
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... Constable
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Storyline

London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His modus operandi is to act as a person with a medical background, lure unsuspecting women to his apartment on the pretense of curing them of some ailment, knock them unconscious with carbon monoxide gas, gain his sexual release through contact with the unconscious body, then strangle the victim dead before disposing of the body somewhere in the house or outside area. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into the top flat in the house. Beryl's husband, Tim Evans, is an illiterate man who likes to put on airs. Already with an infant daughter named Geraldine, the Evanses learn they are going to have another baby, which they cannot afford to have, nor can they afford to abort the pregnancy. This problem, on top of the constant issue of lack of money ... Written by Huggo

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What happened to the women at 10 Rillington Place? See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'étrangleur de Rillington Place See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The train station where Evans gets off the train to visit his family was the Merthyr Vale Train Station in Merthyr Tydfil in Merthyr, Wales. See more »

Goofs

When Christie is talking to Beryl in the kitchen about abortions , there is no steam coming out of the kettle as he fills the teapot. Presumably the crew did not want to risk anyone getting scalded, but there was no need to include the kettle/teapot in the scene. See more »

Quotes

John Reginald Christie: Ere, be careful - do you mind!
Workman Willis: Mind the paintwork, mate.
Workman Jones: And the priceless anti-ques.
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Prologue to opening credits: "This is a true story Whenever possible the dialogue has been based on official documents" See more »

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Referenced in It Takes All Kinds: The Making of Motel Hell (2014) See more »

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Studying this film
12 February 2003 | by leather_princessSee all my reviews

I have studied this film, just, for my a level film studies, and i have to say it is one of the most quietly gruesome films i have ever encountered. The direction is fantastic, with an eerie darkness, that some might say is the house itself, and some might say is every house in London. Richard Attenborough plays Christie with a quiet presence, and gets over the apathetic sorrow, of a man that knows what he's doing, but is unable to stop it. john Hurt, in turn, i feel did not play Evans with enough zeal- i feel Evans would have been more adamant of his own innocence, but who am I to comment? I wasn't around at the time. In finish, 10 Rillington Place left myself and my class churning at the stomach; an amazing movie, but not for those easily offended!


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