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In late 19th century England, a woman (Kerr) becomes governess of a small orphan girl living in a lonely stately home occupied only by the child, a housekeeper and a small complement of servants. Her initial misgivings allayed by the child's angelic nature, her anxieties are once more aroused when the girl's brother, equally captivating, is sent home from boarding school for wickedness of some unspecified kind. Eeerie apparitions and inexplicable behavior on the children's part cause her to wonder about the house's history, especially about the fate of the previous governess, Miss Jessel and the former valet, Peter Quint. She fears for the children's souls and for her own sanity. Eventually convinced that there is an unnatural force at work, perverting the innocence of her charges, she sets out to secure the children's salvation by wresting them from its power. Though her struggle reaches a resolution, its real nature and its outcome ultimately remain ambiguous.
Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions?
Also Known As:
The Turn of the Screw
Title: Innocents, The
Release Date: December 25, 1961
Runtime: 100 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Buried.com Rating: 9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Deborah Kerr ...Miss Giddens
Peter Wyngarde ...Peter Quint
Megs Jenkins ...Mrs. Grose
Michael Redgrave ...The Uncle
Martin Stephens ...Miles
Pamela Franklin ...Flora
Clytie Jessop ...Miss Jessel
Isla Cameron ...Anna
Eric Woodburn ...The coachman
"O Willow Waly"
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- Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions?
- A strange new experience in shock.
- Miles: It was only the wind, my dear.
Miles: What shall I sing to my lord from my window? What shall I sing for my lord will not stay? What shall I sing for my lord will not listen? Where shall I go when my lord is away? Whom shall I love when the moon is arisen? Gone is my lord and the grave is his prison. What shall I say when my lord comes a calling? What shall I say when he knocks on my door? What shall I say when his feet enter softly? Leaving the marks of his grave on my floor. Enter my lord. Come from your prison. Come from your grave, for the moon is a risen. Welcome, my lord.
Miss Giddens: But above anything else, I love the children.
Flora: [singing] We lay my love and I, beneath the weeping willow. But now alone I lie and weep beside the tree. Singing "Oh willow waly" by the tree that weeps with me. Singing "Oh willow waly" till my lover return to me. We lay my love and I beneath the weeping willow. A broken heart have I. Oh willow I die, oh willow I die...
- There is reference to a "Reverend Fennell". Albert Fennell was the film's executive producer.
Average Shot Length = ~9.2 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~8.6 seconds.
During the cursed video in The Ring (2002/I), about 25 seconds in, a young boy's muffled singing can faintly be heard. This audio track is taken from The Innocents.
Much of the screenplay is not actually derived from Henry James's novella "The Turn of the Screw" but from William Archibald's 1950 Broadway adaptation "The Innocents".
20th Century Fox executives were highly nervous about the admittedly unsettling scene where the governess kisses the boy Miles directly on his lips.
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