10 Rillington Place

Overview

10 Rillington Place is the true story of British mass murderer John Reginald Christie, played with chilling "normality" by Richard Attenborough. Throughout the late '40s, Christie lures middle-aged women to his London flat promising to cure their ailments with nitrous oxide, then kills them, assaults their dead bodies, and buries them. One of his victims is Beryl Evans Judy Geeson, who misguidedly comes to Christie seeking an abortion -- and in the process, not only loses her own life, but sets in motion a horrid...
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Overview

10 Rillington Place is the true story of British mass murderer John Reginald Christie, played with chilling "normality" by Richard Attenborough. Throughout the late '40s, Christie lures middle-aged women to his London flat promising to cure their ailments with nitrous oxide, then kills them, assaults their dead bodies, and buries them. One of his victims is Beryl Evans Judy Geeson, who misguidedly comes to Christie seeking an abortion -- and in the process, not only loses her own life, but sets in motion a horrid sequence of events that threatens to endanger her husband as well.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This is the story of the ordinary man next door who is not what he appears to be. Richard Attenborough portrays that archetypal character in this adaptation of Ludovic Kennedy's book 10 Rillington Place, the true story of landlord John Reginald Christie, a serial killer. In real life, the Christie murders led to the abolition of the death penalty in Britain after executioners hanged an innocent man, Timothy Evans, for one of the murders. This production focuses on events surrounding that landmark case. Director Richard Fleischer filmed the motion picture in the drab London neighborhood where Christie killed his victims and disposed of them in a garden, under the floorboards of his flat, and in a kitchen alcove. Attenborough plays Christie as he was: quiet, meek, seemingly innocuous. Balding, with inscrutable eyes staring out of spectacles, Attenborough's Christie hints subtly that a twisted mind is at work beneath a veneer of ordinariness. However, the gullible tenants upstairs -- Evans John Hurt and his pregnant wife, Beryl Judy Geeson, who have financial problems and a whining infant -- do not see through Christie when he offers to abort Beryl's unborn baby, claiming he has the medical know-how. After they accept his offer, Christie rapes and kills Beryl, then frames Evans for the murder. Unlike Tora! Tora! Tora!, director Fleisher's blockbuster film the year before, 10 Rillington Place is a small production of limited scope and action. But it does have three things in common with the previous film: meticulous attention to historical details, excellent acting by the entire cast, and a gradual buildup of suspense. The production, therefore, deserves high marks both as a docudrama and as an artistic achievement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396354906
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,492

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Attenborough John Reginald Christie
Judy Geeson Beryl Evans
John Hurt Timothy John Evans
Pat Heywood Mrs. Ethel Christie
Isobel Black Alice
Ray Barron Workman Willis
Robert Hardy Malcolm Morris
Margaret Boyd Old Lady
Edward Cast Plainclothes Sergeant
Arthur Gross
Howard Lang Men in Pub
Reg Lye Tramp
Tony Thawnton Desk Sergeant
Phyllis McMahon Muriel Eady
Bernard Lee Inspector 'J'
Tommy Ansah West Indian
Douglas Blackwell Workman Jones
Edwin Brown Hangman
Edward Burnham Medical Board Member
Jack Carr Constable
Geoffrey Chater Christmas Humphreys
Richard Coleman Constable
Basil Dignam Medical Board Member
Edward Evans Det. Sergeant
Tenniel Evans Det. Sergeant
Jimmy Gardner Mr. Lynch
Norman Henry Medical Board
David Jackson Constable
Sam Kydd Furniture Dealer
George Lee Constable
Andre Morell Judge Lewis
Miss Riley Baby Geraldine
Norma Shebbeare Woman In Cafe
Rudolph Walker West Indian
Gabrielle Daye Mrs. Lynch
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Basil Appleby Associate Producer
Andrew Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Carter Art Director
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Clive Exton Screenwriter
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Leslie Linder Producer
Terry Marcel Asst. Director
Colin Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Ernest Walter Editor
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