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Cul-de-sac (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 7 November 1966 (USA)
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In search of help, two wounded gangsters on the run find refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife; however, under the point of a gun, nothing is what it seems.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Roman Polanski (original screenplay), Gérard Brach (original screenplay) (as Gerard Brach)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Pleasence ... George
Françoise Dorléac ... Teresa
Lionel Stander ... Richard
Jack MacGowran ... Albie
Iain Quarrier ... Christopher
Geoffrey Sumner ... Christopher's Father
Renee Houston ... Christopher's Mother
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Philip Fairweather
Marie Kean ... Marion Fairweather
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Cecil
Jacqueline Bisset ... Jacqueline (as Jackie Bisset)
Trevor Delaney Trevor Delaney ... Horace
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Storyline

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion. Written by Sean Taylor <Taylor@org.chem.ethz.ch>

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cul-de-sac See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,500
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Set on an island in the north-east of England called Holy Island. See more »

Goofs

When the boy carries the shotgun, discontinuity of the shots is apparent when you compare his progress of walking beside the door between the two shots. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Albie: RICHARD!
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Alternate Versions

The VHS version released in Brazil by Globo Vídeo has exactly 100 minutes. See more »

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Shallowness at its very best
3 April 2003 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

Cul-de-sac is a very beautiful black and white movie. It belongs to the lightweight category. The story is weird in an entertaining way, often amusing and sad at once. If the director tried to be willingly shallow, he was very successful. And I do not mean that ironically but say it with awe.

The place is Holy Island, on the east coast of Northern England. It actually gets cut off with the tide. Polanski makes very good use of the location and was very lucky with the casting. All characters are rather detestable in a detached sort of way. Donald Pleasance gives the performance of his life as the emasculated, utterly humiliated owner of the castle on the island. The other two main characters are the brisk yet elf like Françoise Dorléac and Lionel Stander as a gruff, brutal gangster. There is a very strange, truly unique chemistry between Dorléac and Stander. Dorléac does something to Stander. «We call dees a bicycle», she says gleefully with her funny accent, and it nearly knocks me off my chair every time I see that well filmed, suspenseful scene. I won‘t tell you what «de bicycle» is – it may need parental guidance to watch it but does not belong to the restrictable area. Cul-de-sac has a very memorable musical score.


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