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And Soon the Darkness (1970)

Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

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Robert Fuest

Writers:

Brian Clemens (original story), Terry Nation (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pamela Franklin ... Jane
Michele Dotrice ... Cathy
Sandor Elès ... Paul
John Nettleton ... Gendarme
Clare Kelly Clare Kelly ... Schoolmistress
Hana Maria Pravda ... Madame Lassal (as Hana-Maria Pravda)
John Franklyn John Franklyn ... Old Man
Claude Bertrand Claude Bertrand ... Lassal
Jean Carmet ... Renier
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Storyline

Jane and Cathy, two English women in their early twenties, are on a cycling tour. While traveling in rural France, they begin to disagree about the route. Cathy would prefer to take things in at a leisurely pace, while Jane is trying to stick to strict schedule. After arguing, they part ways. When her friend fails to rejoin her, Jane begins to worry and returns to the last place she saw her. Cathy has vanished. Alone and with a limited knowledge of French, Jane doesn't know who to trust as she frantically searches for her missing friend. Written by L. Hamre

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...és hamarosan a sötétség See more »

Filming Locations:

Jargeau in Loiret, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Systems)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 9780 delivered on 26-2-1972. See more »

Goofs

(at around the 8 minute mark) When the man is watching the two girls cycling past him on the road, the camera and camera operator can clearly be seen reflected in his sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Cathy: Why don't you go, just go!
Jane: Yes, I think I will! I think I'll do just that!
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Effective suspense flick.
25 July 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Writers Brian Clemens & Terry Nation and director Robert Fuest prove that this kind of movie need not take place at night in order to be scary. This is about as good as a daytime suspense flick could be. Pamela Franklin and Michele Dotrice play young nurses on vacation in France who are riding their bicycles through the country. Things go very bad when, after a fight, Franklin pedals off and leaves Dotrice on her own, after which Dotrice disappears from sight. A stranger (Sandor Eles) offers to help Franklin, but she'll have her doubts about him, just as she will about most other characters. It's a bold move for the filmmakers to have no subtitles for the French dialogue, and it works in important ways: it stresses Franklin's vulnerability and frustration, and ensures that we in the audience are *not* two steps ahead of her the entire time. The desolate rural locations, while beautiful in their way, also help to create that sense of helplessness. There are long distances between towns, and the fields seem to go on forever. Laurie Johnson's music is used sparingly, and other than a bouncy main title theme that doesn't seem appropriate for a film of this type, it helps to set the mood. That said, Fuest, Clemens, and company know when the movie is in no need for music, as a key suspense sequence takes place largely in silence. The tension here is palpable; in fact, after something of a slow start, things just get creepier and creepier and poor Franklin, who's absolutely winning in the role of the desperate young protagonist, comes to feel that she may not be able to trust anyone. One particularly great moment has Franklin conversing with a roadside café proprietress (Hana Maria Pravda), who manages to find the two correct English words for what she means to say, "bad road", and when she utters these words it sends chills up the spine; we then know that this area is fraught with danger. We find out that there'd already been a murder some years ago. Good supporting performances by John Nettleton as the Gendarme, Clare Kelly as the schoolmistress, and Pravda greatly aid in the telling of this story, which delivers a nail biting climax and which in the end has a cyclical quality. It's good stuff, and worthy of discovery or rediscovery. Seven out of 10.


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