10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place

Richard Fleischer (1970)

106min
X Certificate
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Review

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In 1953, three years after Timothy Evans went to the gallows for the murder of his infant daughter, John Reginald Christie, the family's landlord and a wartime special constable, was convicted at the Old Bailey of murdering his wife and was also shown to be responsible for the deaths of six other women. Based on the book by Ludovic Kennedy that helped secure Evans's posthumous pardon in 1966, Richard Fleischer's film is nowhere near as visually audacious as his Boston Strangler two years previously. But it does contain an acting tour de force from Richard Attenborough as the seedy killer, who boasted openly of his ability to perform "minor operations". Superbly re-creating the atmosphere of late-1940s London, this is a chilling study of an evil mind.

Summary

Fact-based thriller following the case of murderous landlord John Christie, whose crimes in the 1940s led to a notorious miscarriage of justice when his hapless tenant was convicted of his crimes. The killer was eventually found guilty of the murders of six women, including his own wife. Starring Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, Judy Geeson and Isobel Black.

Cast & Crew

John Reginald Christie Richard Attenborough
Beryl Evans Judy Geeson
Timothy John Evans John Hurt
Mrs Ethel Christie Pat Heywood
Alice Isobel Black
Baby Geraldine Miss Riley
Muriel Eady Phyllis McMahon
Workman Willis Ray Barron
Workman Jones Douglas Blackwell
Mrs Lynch Gabrielle Daye
Mr Lynch Jimmy Gardner
Detective Inspector Edward Evans
Detective Sergeant Tenniel Evans
Constable David Jackson (1)
Constable Jack Carr
Constable George Lee
Constable Richard Coleman
Judge Lewis André Morell
Malcolm Morris Robert Hardy
Christmas Humphreys Geoffrey Chater
Medical Board Basil Dignam
Medical Board Norman Henry
Medical Board Edward Burnham
Hangman Edwin Brown
Woman in cafe Norma Shebbeare
Furniture dealer Sam Kydd
Tramp Reg Lye
West Indian Rudolph Walker
West Indian Tommy Ansah
Plainclothes sergeant Edward Cast
Desk sergeant Tony Thawnton
Man in Pub Fred Hugh
Man in Pub Art Gross
Man in Pub Howard Lang
Irish tenor Uel Deane
Old lady Margaret Boyd
Director Richard Fleischer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama