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Endless Night (1972)

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 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?


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Agatha Christie, author of the source novel, was reportedly unhappy about the inclusion of a sex scene with nudity in the film. See more »

Goofs

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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Outside
(uncredited)
Performed by Rawniggaz
Written by J. Eatesa, W. Davidtim, D. Michaeltine & B. Handsum
Lyrics by Mr. Candy, Doorclosing & Werewolf
Courtesy of God Bap Ltd., AEP Inc.
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A flawed classic
25 June 2006 | by eugene-68See all my reviews

I love this film and have watched it many times. The idea at the heart of the film is very haunting: it is encapsulated in the words of the Swedish architect who says, at one point, "You should have went the other way". I think there are some genuine chills in this film, particularly the scene where Michael returns to Gypsey's Acre, which always has the hairs standing up on my neck. It is a film that you cannot discuss in terms of the plot, as it has a sudden twist at the end (or really, a series of twists), which tend to alter your perception of everything that you've seen before. I think it stands up there with most of the films in this genre, and is a good deal better than many others. Everyone has a "good bad movie", and this is mine. In the hands of Hitchcock, it would have been a masterpiece: its makers manage to achieve something less elevated, but nevertheless lasting in its effects.


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