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The Innocents [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1961]

  • SKU: 25396666
  • Release Date: 09/23/2014
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • Introduction by cultural historian Christopher Frayling
    • Audio commentary featuring Frayling
    • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film
    • New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2006 with Francis, editor Jim Clank, and script supervisor Pamela Mann Francis
    • Trailer


    The Innocents
    In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens), the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens gets information from the housekeeper (Megs Jenkins) that suggests that the children may be possessed by malign spirits -- or are all these events just the products of Miss Giddens's own imagination? The best and most frightening vignette in The Innocents occurs when the governess casually kisses young Miles, then recoils in horror when she realizes that someone other than Miles has kissed her back. Unlike many CinemaScope productions, The Innocents plays better in the claustrophobic confines of the TV screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Deborah Kerr
      Deborah Kerr - Miss Giddens
    • Megs Jenkins
      Megs Jenkins - Mrs. Grose
    • Pamela Franklin
      Pamela Franklin - Flora
    • Martin Stephens
      Martin Stephens - Miles
    • Michael Redgrave
      Michael Redgrave - The Uncle

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent British Film

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      One of the great British film productions. Suspenseful from start to finish. Kerr is brilliant in her role as the nanny. Highly Recommend you watch this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Slow movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I like slow movies but this one was slow an didn't make any sense

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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