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Cul-De-Sac (1966)

Cul-de-sac (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 7 November 1966 (USA)
Two wounded gangsters on the run find refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife in search of help, however, under the point of a gun nothing is what it seems.

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A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion. Written by Sean Taylor <Taylor@org.chem.ethz.ch>

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Has one of the longest continuous sequences in cinematic history (at the time of release) at 7 mins 28 secs (the beach scene). See more »

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The water level and the position of the car changes between shots when Dickie takes George and Teresa to push the car onto the island. See more »

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Richard: Here we are!
Albie: Where?
Richard: In this shit...
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Highly Intriguing Polanski Drama

Two gangsters on the run hide out in a isolated castle that is occupied by Plesance and Dorleac. The two share a rather bizarre passive, aggressive relationship that quickly disintegrates when interrupted by the strangers. Eventually a even more bizarre bonding develops between the couple and Stander, one of the gangsters. Very, very intriguing psychological drama with wonderfully subversive elements lurking just beneath the surface.

Polanski makes full use of the castle showing it's dark, shadowy interior as a sort of symbolic equation to the dark recesses of the human mind. The characters all have their odd traits yet are still believable and compelling to watch. Wonderfully photographed with a strong visual style that really gives this film a distinct look and personality.

Stander, who is probably best known as Max on the old HART TO HART series, has one of his finest roles. He plays a brute that mixes both savage and human traits all at the same time. Plesance though is astounding, playing a truly pathetic character that is simply unforgettable


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