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Nightcomers (1972)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 204348216
UPC: 012236211709
UPC 14: 00012236211709
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Two Children. Two Adults. One Unspeakable Crime.
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.

"...a lurid fascination...somewhat disturbing.  Richard Scheib, The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review
" of those atmosphere-drenched thriller...  Variety

Editor's Note
Isolated in a traditional English country manor, two rich orphans--Miles (Christopher Ellis) and Flora (Verna Harvey)--have only their nurse, their housekeeper, and a strange gardener named Quint (Marlon Brando) to provide them with company and care. The youngsters are particularly intrigued by Quint's mannerisms, intuition, and omniscience. Witnessing Quint and his prurient relationship with their nurse, Miss Jessel (Stephanie Beacham), profoundly influences their budding sexual desires, and soon the children begin to mimic their caretakers. Things take a drastic turn however, when the odd parental figures seem as if they're going to split up and the children take violent measures to secure an eternal union.

Teetering somewhere between psychodrama and psychedelia, NIGHTCOMERS is an aesthetically captivating film. Michael Winner breathes life into a whimsical story unveiling the origin of the children from the Henry James novel, TURN OF THE SCREW. Brando's performance as the seemingly wholesome gardener is eerie, and the shocking ending of NIGHTCOMERS is truly haunting.


Video Features DVD, English

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/12/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21170
Video UPC UPC: 00012236211709
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Harry Andrews
Video Cast Info Marlon Brando
Video Cast Info Stephanie Beacham
Video Cast Info Thora Hird
Video Cast Info Elliott Kastner - Producer
Video Cast Info Henry James - Writer
Video Cast Info Herbert Westbrook - Art Director
Video Cast Info Michael Hastings - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Winner - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael Winner - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Winner - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Michael Winner - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Paynter - Cinematographer


Nominee (1973)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Marlon Brando, Best Actor

Professional Reviews 7 of 10
Michael Winner's film ends where James's tale begins, and it is a deflating attempt to flesh out that which was never meant to be fleshed out, describing in sordid detail the love affair between the mistress and the groundskeeper and how it affected the two orphaned, isolated children living on the estate. The 1972 film would seem utterly pointless were it not for the presence of Marlon Brando, in one of his last soup-to-nuts performances. Evoking D. H. Lawrence, Brando's embodiment of the somewhat crude but brotherly groundskeeper, in full accent, is an outstanding and even captivating effort. The narrative stops dead while he tells stories or teaches the children the ways of the wood, but the plot is going nowhere anyway so it doesn't matter. His monologues, his mannerisms, his stances and his wild erotic scenes with Stephanie Beacham make the film a highly memorable exercise, especially for fans. - Doug Pratt

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brando,Marlon
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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