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10 Rillington Place

  • Drama
  • 1970
  • Richard Fleischer
  • 106 mins
  • X

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In 1950, Timothy Evans went to the gallows for the murder of his infant daughter. It later transpired that John Reginald Christie, the family's landlord and a wartime special constable, was responsible for the crime - among many others. 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.

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Cast

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John Reginald ChristieRichard Attenborough
Beryl EvansJudy Geeson
Timothy John EvansJohn Hurt
Mrs Ethel ChristiePat Heywood
AliceIsobel Black
Baby GeraldineMiss Riley
Muriel EadyPhyllis McMahon
Workman WillisRay Barron
Workman JonesDouglas Blackwell
Mrs LynchGabrielle Daye
Mr LynchJimmy Gardner
Detective InspectorEdward Evans
Detective SergeantTenniel Evans
ConstableDavid Jackson (1)
ConstableJack Carr
ConstableGeorge Lee
ConstableRichard Coleman
Judge LewisAndré Morell
Malcolm MorrisRobert Hardy
Christmas HumphreysGeoffrey Chater
Medical BoardBasil Dignam
Medical BoardNorman Henry
Medical BoardEdward Burnham
HangmanEdwin Brown
Woman in cafeNorma Shebbeare
Furniture dealerSam Kydd
TrampReg Lye
West IndianRudolph Walker
West IndianTommy Ansah
Plainclothes sergeantEdward Cast
Desk sergeantTony Thawnton
Man in PubFred Hugh
Man in PubArt Gross
Man in PubHoward Lang
Irish tenorUel Deane
Old ladyMargaret Boyd

Crew

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DirectorRichard Fleischer

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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