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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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 204348216
UPC 012236211709
UPC 14 00012236211709
Format DVD
Release Date 8/12/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Michael Winner
Thora Hird
Marlon Brando
Stephanie Beacham
Cast & Crew
Elliott Kastner - Producer
Harry Andrews - Actor
Henry James - Writer
Herbert Westbrook - Art Director
Marlon Brando - Actor
Michael Hastings - Writer
Michael Winner - Editor
Michael Winner - Producer
Michael Winner - Original Music By
Michael Winner - Director
Robert Paynter - Cinematographer
Stephanie Beacham - Actor
Thora Hird - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1972
Catalog ID 21170
UPC 00012236211709
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1973) British Academy Awards, Marlon Brando, Best Actor
Review 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.
Reviewer Doug Pratt
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English
Product Attributes
Actor Brando,Marlon
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Richard Scheib, The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review ...a lurid fascination...somewhat disturbing.
Variety of those atmosphere-drenched thriller...

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