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Year: 1961
UK: BFI (UK Wide)
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron
Director: Jack Clayton
Country: UK
UK: 100 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate horror
UK Release Date: 2 June 2006 (Limited Release - London, NFT)
UK Distributor


Filmed in black and white, THE INNOCENTS is Jack Clayton's celebrated adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw (1898). With the screenplay by William Archibald (whose play of the book had been on Broadway) and Truman Capote, there are also additional scenes and dialogue by John Mortimer.

Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr), a straight-laced and impressionable governess, agrees to tutor two orphaned children, Miles (Martin Stephens) and Flora (Pamela Franklin). On arrival at Bly House, she becomes convinced that the children are possessed by the perverse spirits of former governess Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop) and her Heathcliffe-like lover Quint (Peter Wyngarde), who both met with mysterious deaths.

A psychological horror, The INNOCENTS is being re-released with new prints by bfi.

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