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Maniac (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 30 October 1963 (USA)
An American painter has an affair with a bar owner in a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.

Director:

Michael Carreras

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kerwin Mathews ... Jeff Farrell
Nadia Gray ... Eve Beynat
Donald Houston ... Henri
Liliane Brousse ... Annette Beynat
George Pastell ... Inspector Etienne
Arnold Diamond ... Janiello
Norman Bird ... Salon
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Grace
Jerold Wells ... Giles
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Storyline

Kerwin Matthews, playing a dissolute drifter down on his luck, Jeff Farrell, is stranded in a cheap bar in France where he falls for Annette, the proprietor's pretty stepdaughter, played by Liliane Brousse. Annette's stepmother Eve, played by Nadia Gray, gradually shifts the young man's attentions to herself, rather than her stepdaughter, and together Eve and Jeff concoct a plot to help free Eve's estranged husband from the institution in which he's been confined as a homicidal maniac these past four years after committing the so-called "Acetylene Murder", when he killed with a blowtorch the man who raped Annette. The idea is that Georges, the husband, will leave the country, but, unknown to Jeff, it's not Georges who escapes but Henri, the guard who has become Eve's lover . . . Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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stalks his wife ... his daughter ... their lover! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maniac See more »

Filming Locations:

Montfrin, Gard, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Liliane Brousse plays a fifteen-year-old girl in this film. Brousse was actually twenty-five at the time. See more »

Goofs

At the beach, Eve begins to remove her blouse twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Georges: You take a man's wife, Mr. Farrell, but not his money?
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 2017 when the film was granted a '12' certificate for home video. See more »

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Watchable but ultimately disappointing
27 October 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Jimmy Sangster's work and after reading a few reviews of this movie here I was anxious to see it. Unfortunately I can't give this one a rave review. The best I can say is that it's not a bad movie and it's worth seeing once. After an intriguing opening the movie proceeds at a snail's pace for the longest time. It is excruciatingly slow. Since the actors involved are all as exciting as cardboard you can imagine how much slower that makes an already slow pace feel. Finally business picks up and then we're bombarded with one plot twist after another, not one of which is particularly impressive. The only twist I didn't see coming was one that was out of left field and there were no clues in the movie beforehand so it felt like a cheat. It's like Sangster knew his twists couldn't match Psycho so he decided on quantity instead of quality. If you're a fan of Jimmy Sangster or Hammer, then check it out but keep expectations low.


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