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The Nightcomers (1971)

Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Michael Hastings, Henry James (characters)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Peter Quint
Stephanie Beacham ... Miss Jessel
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Grose
Harry Andrews ... Master of the House
Verna Harvey ... Flora
Christopher Ellis Christopher Ellis ... Miles
Anna Palk ... New Governess
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Storyline

Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms. Jessel, and the the slow corruption of the children in their care. Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines:

Two Children. Two Adults. One Unspeakable Crime.

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Los que llegan con la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridgeshire, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In her autobiography, Britt Ekland claims that director Michael Winner promised her the lead role if she could assist him with raising the finance for the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release the film was heavily cut by the BBFC and removed most of the shots of the bound Miss Jessel during the sexual bondage scenes. Later video and DVD releases were fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in In Confidence: Michael Winner (2012) See more »

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It's The Explanation
6 May 2006 | by worldsofdarkblueSee all my reviews

For the inscrutable yet precocious personalities of Miles and Flora evident in the 1961 film 'The Innocents'. As well, the ghosts of that movie are fleshed out nicely in this prequel. Quint is a morally repugnant character, sadistic and controlling, but he's also darkly magnetic as the corrupter of the lovely young governess who submits to (and even embraces) his perverted ideas of sexuality. Together they are fated to become the imprisoned souls that haunt the estate. Together they have inflicted unknowable damage to the psyches of the children.

Brando is very good in the role of Quint. He gives the character a credibility and powerfulness that one would expect from a personality who will ultimately refuse to leave, even after his bizarre death. Few actors would be convincing enough to portray such a reprehensible protagonist and still be vaguely, mysteriously likable. That Brando can deliver this affect with legitimacy is not surprising, genius that he is. Another who might have been very interesting to watch in this role is Dirk Bogarde.

The director's visual styling of the film is it's most unfavorable aspect and prevents it from being excellent. In any case, this unusual little entry has always been a tad underrated. I suspect that now that Marlon has passed on an overdue re-assessment is likely.


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