Moon-Spinners

Moon-Spinners

3.8 14
Director: James Neilson

Cast: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Peter McEnery

     
 

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Disney produced this distilled Hitchcockian suspense yarn, diluted for the consumption of children. Hayley Mills stars as Nikky Ferris who is spending time in Crete at a small inn called The Moon-Spinners with her Aunt Frances (Joan Greenwood). One day Nikky discovers a handsome young man, Mark Camford (Peter McEnery), wounded in an empty church nearby. It turns out… See more details below

Overview

Disney produced this distilled Hitchcockian suspense yarn, diluted for the consumption of children. Hayley Mills stars as Nikky Ferris who is spending time in Crete at a small inn called The Moon-Spinners with her Aunt Frances (Joan Greenwood). One day Nikky discovers a handsome young man, Mark Camford (Peter McEnery), wounded in an empty church nearby. It turns out that Mark was once a London bank messenger, but he lost his job after a major jewel robbery. Tagged as a suspect, Mark has made his way to the inn to gather evidence against the inn's owner, Stratos (Eli Wallach), who Mark thinks is the real jewel thief. Nikky and Mark fall in love and decide to capture Stratos together. Silent screen vamp Pola Negri makes a luminous appearance as a jewelry aficionado.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While The Moon-Spinners is hardly a great film, it is notable for being much more serious than most live action Disney films. Until the last fifteen minutes or so, when Hayley Mills encounters Pola Negri, Moon-Spinners avoids that winking-slightly-at-the-camera kind of comedy that is the hallmark of so much of the studio's work, especially in the 1960's. Before then, Moon-Spinners finds Mills performing believably as a real young woman rather than as the typical 1960s teenager she was so often asked to play. She's well matched with the talented Joan Greenwood, and as the love interest/mystery man, Peter McEnery is solid without being stiff. Eli Wallach is memorably villainous, one of the few human Disney foes that has real menace. In addition to the fine cast, Moon-Spinners features several memorable scenes, including a scary ride on a windmill's arms and a lively festival in honor of King Minos, and there is some attractive location scenery throughout. Unfortunately, the script is not as tautly written as it needs to be, and there are several turns (especially toward the end) that stretch credulity too far. In addition, the broadness of the Negri sequence is jarring, undercutting the effectiveness of the climax that follows it. Mills would be back in more familiar (and more profitable) territory with her next film, That Darn Cat.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0786936207712
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
2,693

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Fullscreen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hayley Mills Nikky Ferris
Eli Wallach Stratos
Peter McEnery Mark Camford
Joan Greenwood Aunt Frances Ferris
Irene Papas Sophia
Pola Negri Mme. Habib
John Le Mesurier Anthony Gamble
Paul Stassino Lambis
Sheila Hancock Cynthia Gamble
Michael Davis Alexis
Tutte Lemkow Orestes
Andre Morell Yacht Captain
George Pastell Police Lieutenant
Steve Plytas Hearse Driver

Technical Credits
James Neilson Director
Bill Anderson Producer
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Michael Dyne Screenwriter
Harry Frampton Makeup
Ron Grainer Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Masters Art Director
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Reed Cinematographer
Gordon Stone Editor
John Wilcox Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Moon-Spinners [2:57]
2. Visitors From England [12:19]
3. A Lovely Evening [8:50]
4. Bay of Dolphins [13:17]
5. Hiding Out [11:31]
6. Discovered! [6:34]
7. A Daring Rescue [9:22]
8. Temple of Apollo [11:14]
9. The British Consulate [13:33]
10. King Minos [4:39]
11. The Minotaur [7:44]
12. Exoneration! [16:35]

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