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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

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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the commentary by Sir John Hurt on the DVD, real-life retired executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, was a Technical Advisor for the execution scene. This scene was the first British people had seen in a cinema of a British hanging, and as it was still covered under the government's Official Secrets Act, no details regarding the scene were available. This is where Pierrepoint came in, under an assumed name, and was able to re-create the harrowing scene to maximize the true terror of what it must have been like. See more »

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When Tim Evans is in the café in Wales, he looks down at the police station opposite, as if from an upstairs window. The camera cuts to a shot from the street and he is clearly on the ground floor on a level street. See more »

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John Reginald Christie: You know the big manhole cover, by the front door, I'll lay her to rest there.
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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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Excellent film version of a true crime
23 June 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

There's a whole host of films from the great decade that was the seventies that have gone on to not get the praise that they so rightly deserve, and if one were to make a list of those films; 10 Rillington Place would feature in a prominent position. The film follows the true story of serial killer John Christie, who murdered a series of women in the late forties. His modus operandi is to murder his victims with gas, shortly before having sex with the corpse. Despite this shocking premise, the film always sees fit to focus more on the reality of the situation than the actual murders themselves. Despite not being graphic, this actually makes the film more shocking as we are constantly reminded of the things that go on behind what people allow us to know about ourselves. The murderer in this story is just a normal man. A nice man, in fact. People trust him, and even respect him; yet despite all this, the man is a stone cold killer. The realistic way that the story is approached, combined with the fact that these are real events ensures that 10 Rillington Place is a morbidly fascinating watch.

Richard Attenborough takes the lead role and does fantastically well with it. His calm mannerisms and nonthreatening demeanour clash well with the underlying evil of his character and we really can believe that this man is a maniac. The film was made in the United Kingdom, I'm proud to say, and this is obvious throughout. UK films have a certain atmosphere about them, and although I didn't know that this movie was homegrown before watching it; it soon became apparent. This style bodes well with the theme of the film, as it's downtrodden and makes sure that the film is firmly planted in the land in which the story took place. The idea of an innocent man not only going down, but being killed, for a crime he did not commit is shocking and the cold way that it is presented in this film reflects the fact that it actually happened and also gives it more of a degree of shock. On the whole, 10 Rillington Place is a film that shouldn't be missed by anyone. It's not all that well known, but this is unfair considering the quality of it and I wont hesitate to recommend this movie to people in the future.


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