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Endless Night (1972)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 5 October 1972 (UK)
Based on an Agatha Christie suspense novel; a newly-wed couple are threatened after building their dream home on cursed land.

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Ellie Thomsen
Hywel Bennett ... Michael Rogers
Britt Ekland ... Greta
Per Oscarsson ... Santonix
George Sanders ... Andrew Lippincott
Aubrey Richards Aubrey Richards ... Dr. Philpott
Ann Way ... Mrs. Philpott
Patience Collier ... Miss Townsend
Peter Bowles ... Reuben
Lois Maxwell ... Cora
David Bauer ... Uncle Frank
Helen Horton ... Aunt Beth
Madge Ryan ... Michael's Mother
Windsor Davies ... Sgt. Keene
Walter Gotell ... Constantine
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Storyline

Michael Rogers is a chauffeur with little money, but big dreams. Foremost of these is building his dream house on the perfect piece of land. Michael gets his chance when his new girlfriend, Ellie, turns out to be an extremely wealthy heiress. The two are wed and are soon living in a modern home on Gipsy's Acre. Their idyllic life shatters around them with a series of bizarre events and threats. Micheal comes under the disapproving eye of both Ellie's greedy family and her interfering best-friend Greta. On top of that, local legend says their property is cursed. What danger lurks for the young newlyweds, and is it a human plot or something supernatural? Written by L. Hamre

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Victim... or killer?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Endless Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The final of three feature film screen pairings of Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennett, the other two being The Family Way (1966) and Twisted Nerve (1968). See more »

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Greta (Britt Ekland's character) is shown floating in the indoor pool, face down and naked. She was wearing underwear immediately before her death. See more »

Quotes

Lippincott: [introducing himself] I am that figure of fiction, the family lawyer.
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Endless Night
(uncredited)
Sung by Shirley Jones
[The song Ellie (Hayley Mills) sings while she plays the piano, and played during the end credits]
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Too slow to really be a thriller, but oddly interesting with terrific twist
28 July 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Endless Night is one of those movies that is hugely flawed, and yet it sticks in the mind unlike many more polished movies. Extremely slow paced for much of it's length and with several sequences that feel almost unnecessary, and even a few which just seem wierd, the film than delivers a true knock out of a twist which makes one realise how well the story has been constructed. For this reason, in some respect it's more satisfying to watch the second time even if one is no longer surprised, because one can notice all the little clues that have been put in ,and many of the previously mentioned unnecessary or wierd bits seem more essential. There is, though, one huge red herring that seems rather pointless.

This was the last of the Hywell Bennett/Hayley Mills collaborations for the Boulting Brothers and it is possibly their most interesting. Cast are all excellent ,including George Sanders in one of his final roles, and this is just as well since the film is indeed extremely talky. The alternately eerie and romantic Bernard Herrmann score is very memorable, although they could have made sure Mills' singing voice [obviously dubbed] sounded like her normal voice.

Many will be unsatisfied with this film ,but try it if you fancy a somewhat different kind of thriller, even it's only really a thriller in the final half hour!


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