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The Turn of the Screw (1974)

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Henry James (novel), William F. Nolan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lynn Redgrave ... Miss Jane Cubberly
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Grose
John Barron ... Mr. Fredricks (as John Baron)
Anthony Langdon ... Luke (as Anthony Lagdon)
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Miss Jessel (as Kathryn Scott)
James Laurenson ... Peter Quint
Benedict Taylor ... Timothy
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... Miles
Eva Griffith Eva Griffith ... Flora
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An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dem Bösen widerstehen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Megs Jenkins reprised her role as Mrs. Grose from The Innocents (1961). See more »

Quotes

Flora: Darkness is a shroud to cover.
Miles: Darkness is the cloak, beware.
Flora: We do not fear the vast of blackness.
Miles: We wear shadows in our hair.
Flora: Darkness calls us to a reckoning.
Miles: Call us to its close embrace.
Flora: We shall soon be there to meet it.
Miles: Though we cannot see its face.
Flora: In the dark, the raid of the ghost.
Miles: And the coffin cannot hold.
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Remarkable acting
12 January 2019 | by reginamiaSee all my reviews

In this 40+ year old, made-for-TV version of the classic horror novella, a sense of dread and impending danger permeates the whole. With no special effects to enhance the atmosphere, the story, script, direction and acting must support the production. They do so admirably. We expect no less from Lynn Redgrave, but the entire cast, especially the children, deserve notice.

Jasper Jacobs, as the 14-year-old Miles, so effectively personifies evil and corruption, I felt a chill every time he was on screen. Young as she is, Eva Griffith handled material one would assume went far beyond the scope of a young child, It is beyond refreshing to see child actors truly act without any of self-consciousness we have become used to from Hollywood. Even the young Benedict Taylor, as Timothy, was utterly believable.

I found the rather slow pace to be one of the most effective methods of communicating the pace of 19th century country life; a challenge in these times of high tech, electronic perception bombardment.


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