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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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Geoffrey Sumner ...
Christopher's Father
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Cecil
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Trevor Delaney ...
Nicholas
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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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Roman Polanski claimed that he had such a hard time making the film - what with the inhospitable location, bad weather, constant quarrels with his actors and difficulties in communicating with his crew because of his then-poor grasp of English - that he considered giving up film-making altogether. However, he was pleased with the end result, which he called "an addition to the poetic language of the cinema". See more »

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The position of the mattress on the patio changes position between scenes, especially when Teresa places the paper between Dickie's toes and lights them. See more »

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eccentric mix
18 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Gruff Richard (Lionel Stander) drives his heavily wounded companion Albie to the English seaside. He finds George (Donald Pleasence) and his flirtatious French wife Teresa (Françoise Dorléac) vacationing at their island castle and takes them hostage. As Richard waits for his gangster leader, George's annoying friends surprise them with a visit.

This is black and white, and Roman Polanski's second English film. Jackie Bisset has an early minor role. This is an art house film with an eccentric blend of surreal comedy and thriller horrors. Everybody is a little off-center but not quirky enough to be funny. There is tension but it never really rises. Lionel Stander is terrific with his powerful presence. It does need George and Teresa to cower in order accentuate the terror but they are odd characters. They don't act right but it's not surreal enough to be intriguing. This is an eccentric indie.


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