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10 Rillington Place (1970)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1970
Running Times: 106 mins 15 secs (UK - video (1987))     111 mins 2 secs (UK - theatrical)
Format: Eastmancolor
Ratio:
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Filmways Pictures
Producer: Martin Ransohoff, Leslie Linder
Associate Producer: Basil Appleby
Production Manager: Jilda Smith

SCRIPT
Screenplay: Clive Exton
Book: Ludovic Kennedy

DIRECTION
Director: Richard Fleischer
Assistant Directors: Nick Farnes, Terry Marcel

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Denys Coop
Camera Operator: John Harris
Best Boy: Lou Bogue (uncredited)
Gaffer: Laurie Shane (uncredited)
Grip Package / Lighting: Lee Lighting Ltd

EDITING
Editor: Ernest Walter

MUSIC
Music / Conductor: John Dankworth

SOUND
Sound Recordist: Ken Scrivener
Sound Mixer: Bob Allen
Sound Editor: Colin Miller

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up: Stuart Freeborn
Hair: Joan White
Wardrobe: Tiny Nicholls

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Maurice Carter
Set Decorator: Andrew Campbell
Construction Manager: Vic Simpson

MISCELLANEOUS
Continuity: Valerie Booth
Technical Advisor: Ludovic Kennedy
Police Liasion: Paul Thayre

LOCATIONS
Locations: The Electric Cinema, Notting Hill, London, England, UK
Studio: Shepperton Studios, London, England, UK

CAST
Richard Attenborough (John Reginald Christie)
Judy Geeson (Beryl Evans)
John Hurt (Timothy John Evans)
Pat Heywood (Mrs Ethel Christie)
Isobel Black (Alice)
Miss Riley (baby Geraldine)
Phyllis MacMahon (Muriel Eady)
Ray Barron (workman Willis)
Douglas Blackwell (workman Jones)
Gabrielle Daye (Mrs Lynch)
Jimmy Gardner (Mr Lynch)
Edward Evans (Detective Inspector)
Tenniel Evans (Detective Sergeant)
David Jackson, Jack Carr, George Lee, Richard Coleman (constables)
Andre Morell (Judge Lewis)
Robert Hardy (Malcolm Morris)
Geoffrey Chater (Christmas Humphreys)
Basil Dignam, Norman Henry, Edward Burnham (members of the medical board)
Edwin Brown (hangman)
Norma Shebbeare (woman in cafe)
Sam Kydd (Roberts)
Rudolph Walker, Tommy Ansah (West Indians)
Reg Lye (tramp)
Margaret Boyd (old lady (uncredited))
Edward Cast (plain clothes sergeant (uncredited))
Godfrey Jackman (police seargeant (uncredited))
Uel Deane (Irish tenor (uncredited))
Arthur Gross, Fred Hugh, Howard Lang (men in pub (all uncredited))
Tony Thawnton (desk sergeant (uncredited))
Edward Woodward (witnessing officer at hanging (uncredited))
Robert Keegan (detective inspector (uncredited))

PLOT SUMMARY

Welshman Timothy Evans and his wife Beryl move to London seeking work. They move into a flat in 10 Rillington Place where their landlord, the slightly creepy John Reginald Christie has a terrible secret - he's a serial killer and necrophile and he now has his eye on Beryl.

CAPSULE REVIEW

Based on a best selling book examining the true story of the London wartime serial killer John Christie. Attenborough is the essence of the banality of evil as Christie, a quiet, part time police constable who performed back street abortions. The film captures perfectly the grubby atmosphere of sexual brutality behind the net curtains of respectabilty. Fleischer directs in a straightforward, almost documentary style losing the tricks that jarred with the horror in his previous true life serial killer film The Boston Strangler (1968). Evans' pleas as he is sentenced and Christie's assault on the drugged Beryl are two of the scenes that lodge in the memory long after the film has been watched. Like its subject the film is quiet, understated but truly terrifying. The house has now been demolished after attracting too many sight seers.

AVAILABILITY

UK
Theatrical Distributors: Columbia Pictures
Video Distributors: Video Collection / Cinema Club / Columbia Tristar (CC7135); 4 Front Video / UCA (C9073582)
DVD Distributors: Columbia Tristar Home Video (CDR10039)

USA
Theatrical Distributors: Columbia Pictures
Video Distributors: RCA; Columbia / Tristar

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Finland
Rating: K-18

Norway
Rating: 15

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: X (1970); 15 (1987)

USA
Rating: PG

TIMELINE

1970
October
13: UK - rated X by the BBFC (for theatrical release)

1971
May
Day Unknown: USA - theatrical release

June
28: Sweden - theatrical release

August
27: Finland - theatrical release

1976
November

21: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

1980
March

22: UK - television broadcast (on LWT)

1987
March

30: UK - rated 15 by the BBFC (for video release)

September
24: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

1989
June

17: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

1993
July

21: UK - rated 15 by the BBFC (for video release)

1995
April

3: UK - video release

1996
March

1: UK - video deleted

June
5: USA - video release (on Columbia / Tristar)

1998
March

14: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 5)

September
30: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 5)

2000
April

6: UK - television broadcast (on Film Four)

November
25: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 5)

2003
January
13: UK - video release (4 Front Video / UCA (C9073582))

June
30: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 5)

2004
March

29: UK - Columbia Tristar Home Video (CDR10039)

POSTER TAGS

The true story of John Christie - the serial killer.

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

L'assassino di Rillington Place n.10 - Italian title
Dom przy ulicy Rilington 10 - Polish title
El estrangulador de Rillington Place - Spanish title
John Christie, der Frauenwürger - German title
Rillingtonin kuristaja - Finnish title
Stryparen pa Rillington Place - Swedish title

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Filmfacts vol.14 no.12 (1971) p.278 (USA)
review

Films and Filming vol.17 no.8 (May 1971) pp.94-96 (UK)
illustrated credits, review (by Gordon Gow)

Hollywood Reporter vol.211 no.38 (26 June 1970) p.9 (USA)
credits

Hollywood Reporter vol.214 no.28 (14 January 1971) p.3 (USA)
review

Kine Weekly no.3303 (30 January 1971) p.10 (UK)
review

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.445 (February 1971) p.32 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.450 (July 1971) p.153 (UK)
note

Motion Picture Herald vol.241 no.7 (16 June 1971) p.568 (USA)
review

Positif no.133 (December 1971) p.97 (France)
review

Radio Times 1 - 7 April 2000 p.73 (UK)
review (by David Parkinson)

Today's Cinema no.9805 (19 May 1970) p.8 (UK)
credits

Today's Cinema no.9847 (13 October 1970) p.10 (UK)
review

Today's Cinema no.9876 (29 January 1971) p.8 (UK)
review

Variety 10 February 1971 p.17 (USA)
review (by Rich)

BOOKS

The BFI Companion to Crime p.319
short review

The Psychotronic Video Guide p.560
short review, credits

KEYWORDS

true crime, bio pics, hangings, capital punishment, abortions, executions, mistaken identites, rape, serial killers

 


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