The Innocents

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Overview

In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens Deborah Kerr arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora Pamela Franklin and Miles Martin Stephens, the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens...
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Overview

In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens Deborah Kerr arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora Pamela Franklin and Miles Martin Stephens, the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens gets information from the housekeeper Megs Jenkins that suggests that the children may be possessed by malign spirits -- or are all these events just the products of Miss Giddens's own imagination? The best and most frightening vignette in The Innocents occurs when the governess casually kisses young Miles, then recoils in horror when she realizes that someone other than Miles has kissed her back. Unlike many CinemaScope productions, The Innocents plays better in the claustrophobic confines of the TV screen.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Innocents is strong proof that low-violence, atmospheric horror films were not invented by The Blair Witch Project. Based on Henry James's novella The Turn of the Screw, the film wisely leaves in doubt how much what occurs may be supernatural, and how much may be in the mind of the protagonist (Deborah Kerr). It's all the more frightening for what isn't shown, and it has endured as one of the screen's best psychological dramas. Truman Capote, whose work often dealt with repressed sexuality, was among the screenwriters. The pacing from director Jack Clayton creates a confining intensity that allows Kerr to magnify her performance. This is a very scary movie, without any of the gimmicks often associated with the horror genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • UPC: 024543202950
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,616

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Miss Giddens
Megs Jenkins Mrs. Grose
Pamela Franklin Flora
Martin Stephens Miles
Michael Redgrave The Uncle
Peter Wyngarde Peter Quint
Clytie Jessop Miss Jessel
Isla Cameron Anna
Eric Woodburn Coachman
Technical Credits
Jack Clayton Director, Producer
William Archibald Screenwriter
Georges Auric Score Composer
Truman Capote Screenwriter
Jim Clark Editor
Paul Dehn Songwriter
Sophie Devine Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Fennell Producer
Harold Fletcher Makeup
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
John Mortimer Screenwriter
Motley Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Lambert Williamson Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry James Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Innocents [FS]
1. Main Titles [2:45]
2. The New Governess [4:41]
3. Bly House [:44]
4. Bedtime [6:55]
5. Night Watch [2:29]
6. The Letter [1:33]
7. Miles [3:09]
8. Trust [:33]
9. The Man on the Tower [2:23]
10. Miles' Exhibition [2:39]
11. Hide and Seek [2:44]
12. The Man in the Window [1:56]
13. Flora's Birthday [1:10]
14. Speak of the Dead [4:38]
15. Miles' Poem [3:29]
16. The Other One [1:48]
17. Two Abominations [2:37]
18. A Poisoned House [:31]
19. Tears of a Ghost [3:08]
20. Echoes in the Dark [2:13]
21. Being Bad [:10]
22. Where's Flora? [6:25]
23. Screams [2:08]
24. Alone [2:20]
25. Tea With Miles [3:37]
26. I'm Different [:06]
27. Possessed [4:54]
28. Say His Name [3:43]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Innocents [WS]
1. Main Titles [2:45]
2. The New Governess [4:41]
3. Bly House [:44]
4. Bedtime [6:55]
5. Night Watch [2:29]
6. The Letter [1:33]
7. Miles [3:09]
8. Trust [:33]
9. The Man on the Tower [2:23]
10. Miles' Exhibition [2:39]
11. Hide and Seek [2:44]
12. The Man in the Window [1:56]
13. Flora's Birthday [1:10]
14. Speak of the Dead [4:38]
15. Miles' Poem [3:29]
16. The Other One [1:48]
17. Two Abominations [2:37]
18. A Poisoned House [:31]
19. Tears of a Ghost [3:08]
20. Echoes in the Dark [2:13]
21. Being Bad [:10]
22. Where's Flora? [6:25]
23. Screams [2:08]
24. Alone [2:20]
25. Tea With Miles [3:37]
26. I'm Different [:06]
27. Possessed [4:54]
28. Say His Name [3:43]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- The Innocents [FS]
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   Language Selection
      Language Audio: English Stereo
      Language Audio: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
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   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix
         The Cabinet of Caligari
         The Legend of Hell House
         Phantom of the Paradise
      If You Liked This Film, You May Want to Try...
Disc #1, Side B -- The Innocents [WS]
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language Audio: English Stereo
      Language Audio: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix
         The Cabinet of Caligari
         The Legend of Hell House
         Phantom of the Paradise
      If You Liked This Film, You May Want to Try...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best TOTS Adaptation Ever

    With a superb cast, brilliant cinematography, and the English theatrical aplomb to pull it all off, this is easily the best cinematic adaptation of THE TURN OF THE SCREW--ever. The screenplay is by Truman Capote and William Archibald, based on WA's play of the same name. It's clutch-your-chest frightening in its intensity--a true masterpiece of the genre. Clayton's direction is white-knuckle incisive, especially in the scenes where Deborah Kerr questions her sanity, as well as in her scenes with the young and brilliant Martin Stephens as Miles. It's literate and terrifying work all around. Psychological thrillers/ghost stories don't get any better than this! The opening title sequence, with its creeping camerawork, environmental sounds, and randomly twittering birds, is especially unsettling and heightens one's senses and expectations in exactly the way the telling of an old-fashioned ghost story does. Brilliant.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    About the delivery system

    I'm truly disapointed about the delivery system for international shipments. I took over a month to get the DVD when in the B&N it is offered for 4-7 business days, and only by calling to complain you get the explanation about how much you have to way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    psychological terror more frightening

    absolutely the best adaptation of this novella.black and white film adds to the terror. no blood and gore, is a very well done intense psychological thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Excellent!!!!

    This film is a must have for those who love the horror film genre. This version is without question the best adaption of Henry James' novel ever filmed.

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