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The Turn of the Screw 

A governess is hired to look after two neglected children, who show signs of having been corrupted by the insidious influence of the groom Peter Quint. Quint, although hanged for murder, ... See full summary »


Graeme Clifford


James M. Miller (teleplay by), Henry James (based on the novel by)




Episode cast overview:
Amy Irving ... The Governess
David Hemmings ... Mister Harley
Balthazar Getty ... Miles
Micole Mercurio ... Mrs. Gross
Michael Harris ... Quint
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... John the Gardner
Cameron Milzer Cameron Milzer ... Miss Jessel
Irina Cashen Irina Cashen ... Flora
Linda Hunt ... Title Opening Voice (voice)


A governess is hired to look after two neglected children, who show signs of having been corrupted by the insidious influence of the groom Peter Quint. Quint, although hanged for murder, still makes an appearance among the shadows of the manor house along with Miss Jessel, a previous governess who took her own life. Written by hutch48

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Flora: [conducting a tour of the house] Behind there, the mice attend church every Sunday.
The Governess: Do they now? I would like to see that.
Flora: No! When people are near, they stay home from church and fall into sin.
The Governess: Yes, of course. I see.
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Nightmare Classics: THE TURN OF THE SCREW {TV} (Graeme Clifford, 1989) **1/2
27 October 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Having just watched the CARMILLA (1989) episode from the "Nightmare Classics" TV series, I quickly followed it up with this which was actually its first episode. Stacked against the distinguished actresses that had played the main role of the governess before her – Ingrid Bergman and Lynn Redgrave (on TV) plus Deborah Kerr (on film) – I must say that the usually decorative Amy Irving makes a surprisingly good impression; David Hemmings as the children's very broad-minded uncle is another asset here, despite the relative brevity of his role that relegates his appearances to the start and end of the production. Where this particular version gets stumped is in the casting of the other roles: the children are decidedly unsympathetic from the start so when they start showing their true colors, it registers as less the evil influence of the ghosts and more the whims of the spoilt kids! Compared to the earlier 1959 version I watched, with regards to Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, the former's "Riff Raff" (more on this later) looks are distracting and not as menacing and the latter is better-looking but not as moving; nor does the all-important sinister atmosphere of the house come off as strongly. Having said that, one of the pleasures of watching several adaptations of the same tale is noting the narrative differences between them: the boy is absent at the start here because he is at the market buying a stallion, which he rides on a rainy night against the express wishes of the new governess, and which also costs the life of the uncle when he is summoned by the latter, who also seems to become possessed by the spirit of her predecessor in the very last shot! Interestingly enough, the director credit here belongs to the Australian editor of such fragmented Nicolas Roeg classics as DON'T LOOK NOW (1973) and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976), as well as...wait for it...the cult phenomenon THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)!

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12 August 1989 (USA) See more »

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