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Ill Met by Moonlight

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Eschewing the Shakespearean original title it's a quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream, the British Ill Met by Moonlight was released stateside as Night Ambush. This superb Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger concoction is set during World War II on the island of Crete. Dirk Bogarde and David Oxley play Major Paddy Leigh Fermer and Captain Billy Stanley Moss, two British officers whose job it is to kidnap Nazi general Karl Kreipe Marius Goring and spirit him off to Cairo. The motive of this mission is to weaken ...
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Overview

Eschewing the Shakespearean original title it's a quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream, the British Ill Met by Moonlight was released stateside as Night Ambush. This superb Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger concoction is set during World War II on the island of Crete. Dirk Bogarde and David Oxley play Major Paddy Leigh Fermer and Captain Billy Stanley Moss, two British officers whose job it is to kidnap Nazi general Karl Kreipe Marius Goring and spirit him off to Cairo. The motive of this mission is to weaken German morale on Crete and to provide hope to the enslaved locals. With the help of a group of resistance fighters, Fermer and Moss manage to trap the general; now they must transport their captive back to their own lines, avoiding German patrols every inch of the way. Originally 104 minutes, Ill Met by Moonlight was cut to 93 minutes by its American distributor.
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Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's nothing really wrong with Ill Met by Moonlight, an adequate and acceptable war-and-intrigue yarn. Unfortunately, the talent associated with it leads one to expect a much better -- or at the very least, a much more inventive -- film than one gets. Director-writers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger are unable to imbue Moonlight with any of the magic of Black Narcissus or Red Shoes. While the film is certainly attractive enough, it doesn't have the special visual flair that one normally associates with the two. Nor have the creators found richness in the characters or a distinctive manner of telling the engaging but rather routine story. Their stars turn in very fine performances, but even here there's a bit of a letdown. Dirk Bogarde does everything that's required of the part and pulls it off quite well, but there are few of those "Bogarde" moments that are so special and memorable. If David Oxley and especially Marius Goring come off somewhat better, it's perhaps because one doesn't have the expectations of them that one does of Bogarde. Despite its flaws, Ill Met by Moonlight is certainly enjoyable and agreeable, even if it is also disappointing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • UPC: 759731412827
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Henstooth Video
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,727

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Maj. Paddy Leigh-Fermor "Philidem"
Marius Goring Gen. Karl Kreipe
David Oxley Capt. Billy Stanley Moss
Cyril Cusack Sandy
Laurence Payne Manoli
Michael Gough Andoni Zoidakis
Wolfe Morris George
Roland Bartrop Micky Akoumianakis
Brian Worth Stratis Saviolkis
Paul Stassino Yanni Katsias
Adeed Assaly Zahari
John Cairney Elias
Dimitri Andreas Niko
John Houseman
David McCallum
Christopher Rhodes
Christopher Lee German officer at dentist's
Technical Credits
Emeric Pressburger Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Powell Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Austin Dempster Camera Operator
Frederick Lewis Musical Direction/Supervision
Archie Ludski Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Orme Asst. Director
Paul Rabiger Makeup
Earl St. John Executive Producer
Arthur Stevens Editor
Sydney Streeter Associate Producer
Jack Swinburne Production Manager
Mikis Theodorakis Score Composer
Alexander Vetchinsky Art Director
Bill Warrington Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ill Met by Moonlight
1. Start [7:52]
2. The Dentist [11:32]
3. Cretan Comrades [7:37]
4. Reconaissance [9:08]
5. Kidnapped [11:34]
6. Germans Coming! [7:21]
7. Bad Circumstance [4:52]
8. Got to Move [10:57]
9. Hungry Wolves [5:36]
10. Daylight March [8:52]
11. Message for Cairo [7:29]
12. A Trap Is Set [11:19]
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