10 Rillington Place 1971 PG CC

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This is the horrifying true account of John Reginald Christie, whose crimes and subsequent trial summarily ended capital punishment in Britain. After savagely murdering a woman and her newborn baby, Christie was able to convince a jury that the woman's husband was the actual perpetrator. Years later, Christie admitted his guilt and a shocked nation learned an innocent man had been put to death.

Starring:
Judy Geeson, Richard Attenborough
Runtime:
1 hour 51 minutes

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10 Rillington Place

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Fleischer
Starring Judy Geeson, Richard Attenborough
Supporting actors John Hurt, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Miss Riley, Phyllis MacMahon, Ray Barron, Douglas Blackwell, Gabrielle Daye, Jimmy Gardner, Edward Evans, Tenniel Evans, David Jackson, Jack Carr, George Lee, Richard Coleman, André Morell, Robert Hardy, Geoffrey Chater
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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It's a very nice make-up job.
Austin Somlo
An outstanding character-study thriller with fine performances by Richard Attenborough and John Hurt, as well as others.
Manny Agah
I am confident our group will regard it as a masterful argument, from reality itself, against capital punishment.
Jeremiah Cox

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Dynan on November 30, 2005
Format: DVD
10 Rillington Place is not a fun movie for those looking for a Saturday night popcorn/splatter fest. It is a hard-edged, harrowing account of the true story of British mass-murderer John Reginald Christie and his hapless fall guy, Timothy Evans. The film, directed by Richard Fleischer and featuring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt in the two leading roles, is based on the book of the same name written by prolific British writer Ludovic Kennedy. This controversial case, which resulted in two hangings, came back to haunt Britain after everyone thought it had been resolved and was paramount in the abandonment of capital punishment in the UK. The slant in this film is unmistakeable.

Starting in 1949, the Evans family: Timothy, his wife Beryl and their baby daughter Geraldine, arrived at Christie's dingy Rillington Place address to rent the apartment on the top floor. Christie had already killed two women by this time and would continue to do so after the Evans's had gone. Timothy Evans was a compulsive liar of rather limited intelligence and it was his gullibility combined with Christie's manipulative talents which would eventually get him into trouble.

Posing as a backyard abortionist, Christie sets to work on the newly-pregnant Beryl with predictably awful results and this is one of the most distressing scenes in this very disturbing film. He then convinces Evans that he should leave or face the consequences, promising to place the baby in the care of some friends in Acton. For Evans, as if things weren't bad enough already, they only get worse from here.

Shot in the original street and using exteriors fronm the actual house, the film has a very stark confronting atmosphere with a seedy brown look, all accentuated by the quietness and lack of music.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "tonytillyer" on July 6, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Not really on a parrallel with Norman Bates, but most certainly believable in all respects.
A chilling account of a creepy but outwardly affable Christie, excellently portrayed by Richard Attenborough and John Hurt's fittingly daft and dim Timothy Evans in post war London.
The acting is well supported with bleached, drab colours and the grim surroundings of Rillington Place (the real tenament was knocked down but the producer's used the other side of Rillington Place's cul-de-sac to film the exteriors.)
The most terrifying and gripping scene is where Timothy, in a state of utter confusion, is thrust from a waiting room to his place of execution. I cannot adequately describe how very saddened and affected I was by this scene - almost to the point of shouting "No!" at the scene.
A physchotic thriller with very, very real acting - you'll be rivetted by both Richard and John.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Stedman on December 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A brilliant period piece capturing the seedy side of post-war London and mostly filmed on the real locations shortly before they were torn down. The story is well known, as are the repercussions in law. However, recent research suggests that the truth may not have been quite as protrayed, and the possible guilt of Evans is subject to current informed speculation. However, the film is well worth seeing for the chilling characterisations and as social history. Classic British cinema.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I casually started watching this movie while surfing channels late one night. It has haunted me ever since. John Hurt gives a sublimely poignant performance as the daft and credulous tenant, and Richard Attenborough is absolutely terrifying (and nearly unrecognizable) as the innocuous-seeming but murderous landlord. This is a quiet movie that creeps up on you and wraps its cold fingers around your neck.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. D. STEBBING on October 17, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Knowing nothing about this movie, I found it in a sale for $2, and my money has not been wasted. From the opening scene it is riveting, with quiet but commanding performances from the two leads. Richard Attenborough makes his character sympathetic and rather likeable; why would you not trust such a gentle-seeming, well-spoken man who seems to endlessly offer cups of tea? As the story unfolded and the ghastly monster beneath the surface was revealed my heart went cold...as for John Hurt, as always, he held me spellbound...as soon as I hear his voice I know I am watching a class A actor (it's hard to remember he's only acting - so undderrated!). I found myself crying out at the television, trying to warn him...and although simple, his character is even more likable than Attenborough's, also, I felt very angry at the police and their lacklustre and pathetic investigation... no wonder the wrong man got hung. Anyway, it's a beautifully crafted film, darkly lit and seamy, but this only adds flavour to the sordid subject matter. Many of the actual "deeds" are left to the viewer's imagination, which is something that I found wonderfully refreshing. Seems to me that these days Hollywood has forgotten that A; people are not stupid and don't need to have everything spelt out and B; sometimes less is more.

An excellent movie, it's on my A list!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Barry Kenyon on May 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Richard Attenborough deserved an oscar for his portrayal of mass murderer Christie. The scenes are haunting and made yet more gruesome by the ever present offer of a cup of tea with which Christie sought to put his victims off their guard. The movie is roughly based on the book by Ludovic Kennedy with some shortcutting. For example, Miss Edie was not Christie's first victim and he did not invariably use a gas contraption to make the women unconscious. A couple of more recent books have argued that lodger Timothy Evans knew more about the murder of his wife and baby than he admitted. He is rather sympathetically portrayed in the movie.
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