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The Stone Tape (1972)

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »


Peter Sasdy


Nigel Kneale




Complete credited cast:
Michael Bryant ... Peter Brock
Jane Asher ... Jill Greeley
Iain Cuthbertson ... Roy Collinson
Michael Bates ... Eddie Holmes
Reginald Marsh Reginald Marsh ... William Crawshaw
Tom Chadbon ... Hargrave
John Forgeham ... Maudsley
Philip Trewinnard Philip Trewinnard ... Stewart Jessop
James Cosmo ... Cliff Dow
Neil Wilson ... Sergeant Paterson
Christopher Banks Christopher Banks ... Vicar
Michael Graham Cox Michael Graham Cox ... Alan
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Bar Helper
Peggy Marshall Peggy Marshall ... Bar Lady


A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results... Written by Anonymous

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According to Nigel Kneale on the DVD commentary, taping of the play went over allowed time so a number of the scenes had not been taped. The production was remounted but Michael Bates could not make the new dates, so his lines were given to Iain Cuthbertson. See more »


Near the end of the film, as Jill climbs the staircase and holds the railing, you can see how the supposedly stone wall stretches where it's attached to the railing. See more »


Vicar: You know? It came to me the other day - about pollution. It's the modern rediscovery of sin. The only form it can take in a materialistic world! All the rubbish and mess - that's the new wickedness! And they can see it! The sudden conviction of - of - of non-returnable bottles! Eh?
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Good But Unoriginal
20 October 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

BBC four showed a tribute to the great Nigel Kneale entitled THE KNEALE TAPES and followed it with a screening of the 1972 teleplay THE STONE TAPE . I enjoyed the profile but couldn`t help thinking I would have preferred seeing the groundbreaking 1984 or even QUATERMASS 2 but never look a gift horse in the mouth

I enjoyed THE STONE TAPE far more than I expected but there is a slight flaw to it - It`s highly derivative of Kneale`s other scripts from the past , especially his masterwork QUATERMASS AND THE PIT . Without giving too much away I was instantly reminded of the events of Hobs Lane with a terrified character running away and a minister turning up with a bell , book and candle

THE STONE TAPE does thankfully manage to stand on its own legs and works as a haunted house story . It`s also very clever even if it`s not amongst Kneale`s greatest work though some viewers may be put off with the unsympathetic characters especially Peter Brock , but remember Kneale`s not the sort of guy who paints people black and white . Director Peter Sasdy`s direction may be a little flat but that`s not really a criticism and he does bring a certain amount of atmosphere to the play , check out the scary title and end credits . My only criticism of Sasdy is that the acting is a little over emphatic , which strangely seems to be a problem with some of Nigel Kneale teleplays no matter who the director is .

But it`s still pretty good stuff from a time when watching television was a great experience ,and I`d be very interested in what people who have never seen QUATERMASS AND THE PIT thought of it .

And if you`re reading this Mister Kneale I`d like to say thanks for all the outstanding drama you`ve given us over the decades

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25 December 1972 (UK) See more »

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Каменная лента See more »

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