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Endless Night (1972)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 5 October 1972 (UK)
Based on a Dame Agatha Christie suspense novel. A newlywed 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 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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Michael Rogers (Hywel Bennett) 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 Thomsen (Hayley Mills), turns out to be an extremely wealthy heiress. The two are wed and are soon living in a modern house 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 Ellie's greedy family and her interfering best friend Greta (Britt Ekland). 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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Trivia

Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennett appeared in The Family Way (1966) and Twisted Nerve (1968). See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Lippincott: Reuben has never been known to get anything right... horses, women or facts. His incompetence borders on the supernatural.
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Connections

Featured in Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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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My Old Flame
25 December 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Around 45 years ago, when I was just a young lad, Hayley Mills was my favorite actress, and her 1962 film "In Search of the Castaways" was my favorite film, but between this and that, I don't think I've seen Hayley in anything since 1965's "That Darn Cat." How nice, then, to see her, the other night, at age 26 in the 1972 British film "Endless Night," and to realize what a nubile nymph my old flame had turned into later in life! In this adaptation of a 1967 Agatha Christie novel, Hayley plays Ellie Thomsen, the 6th richest girl in the world, who, after one date with pretty-boy chauffeur Michael (excellently portrayed by Welsh actor Hywel Bennett), elopes with him and builds his dream house in the Herts countryside. It is hard to figure out what words best describe "Endless Night." It is not really a horror movie, or a love story, or a thriller, but certainly does have elements of all these types. The picture IS remarkably atmospheric, in no small measure due to yet another wonderfully evocative score by the great Bernard Herrmann, and should manage to baffle most viewers who are trying to figure out just where the story line is going. Besides the fine work by its two leads, veterans George Sanders (here in one of his last roles, and playing what his character self-describes as a "desiccated old poop") and Lois Maxwell add sterling support, and even Britt Ekland turns in a convincing performance as Ellie's tutor/companion. Throw in some gorgeous scenery in the Herts and Positano countrysides, a surprise final quarter hour that manages to subvert everything we thought we knew, and two or three mild scares and you've got yourself one very interesting entertainment. Kudos, indeed, to writer/director Sidney Gilliat! I just hope that I'm not foolish enough to wait another 40 years before watching Hayley Mills in another picture. Perhaps it's time for me to finally check out Hayley and Hywel in 1968's "Twisted Nerve"...IF it ever gets released on DVD!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1972 (UK) See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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