The Moon-SpinnersDirector: James Neilson, 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 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.
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- Walt Disney Video
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- [Full Frame]
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Cast & Crew
|Hayley Mills||Nikky Ferris|
|Peter McEnery||Mark Camford|
|Joan Greenwood||Aunt Frances Ferris|
|Pola Negri||Mme. Habib|
|John Le Mesurier||Anthony Gamble|
|Sheila Hancock||Cynthia Gamble|
|Andre Morell||Yacht Captain|
|George Pastell||Police Lieutenant|
|Steve Plytas||Hearse Driver|
|Ron Grainer||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Tony Masters||Art Director|
|Anthony Mendleson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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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I grew up watching and loving Haley Mills. This movie was on television on rare occasions, maybe once a year. I loved it the first time I saw it. When I watched it with my 12 year old granddaughter recently, it still held all its charm. The story is exciting if not a little unrealistic. I find the character Haley Mills plays wonderfully naive and sweet. What a refreshing change from all the snotty teenage characters who are so prevalent in this day.
Here is a Hayley Mills film that I missed in childhood but warmed to later on...It is a mystery/adventure story for the Disney fan, and has some gorgeous scenery and the wonderful Hayley...getting her first onscreen kiss... to boot.
Great adventure. Somewhat of a surprise from Disney. Good performances by Haley Mills, Eli Wallach, Irene Papas, Joan Greenwood and Peter McEnery. Beautiful location shots.
This was a wonderful movie, and a great chance to see Eli Wallach playing the bad guy, but Hayley Mills had some retarded dialogue. I wish she would have been smarter, but it's still a fantastic movie and Peter McEnery was fantastic.
As with all Disney films based on books, it's best if you take this as a separate entity from the novel. It's fun on its own, but a disappointment for Mary Stewart fans.
When I originally saw this film at the theater, I was taken on an adventure with Hayley Mills to a small Greek island. I had never been there before but when the film was over I felt that I had not only been there, but went through all the experiences with Nikki and her aunt. Now that it is cut down to 4x3 pan and scan format, it lacks that ability to get you out of your arm chair. Please let me know when there is a widescreen version available.
This is a great movie! The movie is set and filmed on the beautiful island of Crete. It is filled with adventure, danger, and suspense. The storyline is well-written and full of unexpected twists. The story is told to the viewer little by little so it keeps you guessing. It is not only an adventure movie. It includes comedy and a little bit of romance. Every scene is a worthwhile part of the movie and every character lends something to the movie. One of my favorites is a young Cretan named Alexis. He gets his English adjectives and expressions mixed up throughout the movie. Characters like Alexis make the movie more colorful and enjoyable. This is a movie I am able to watch again and again. Buy it, you won't be disappointed! Great family movie!!!
I read the book and it's very good...Hayley at her age in the movie is so fresh. You can see even then she would be a talent....The Greek island is beautiful...Even the bad guys are fun....I loved it...
This movie is pretty silly. Unrealistic, slightly exciting, but most of the time you are just waiting for the movie to end so you can go do something else.