The Nightcomers

The Nightcomers

Director: Michael Winner Cast: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird
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The Nightcomers

Marlon Brando delivers a respectably creepy performance in the Michael Winner directed The Nightcomers -- a film inspired by the characters in Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. On a British country estate, two recently-orphaned children, Miles (Christopher Ellis) and Flora (Verna Harvey), live on their own with only a nurse, housekeeper, and gardener as companions. Miles and Flora are particularly fascinated by the gardener, Quint (Marlon Brando). In fact, fascinated to the point of obsession, the boy and girl model their young lives after him. When Quint becomes involved with the prim and proper nurse, Miles surreptitiously views their love-making and keeps it in mind for future reference. Gradually, Miles and Flora adopt the gardener and the nurse's love-hate relationship for their own, copying their adult behavior with child-like abandon. Finally, when the housekeeper finds out and decides to fire the gardener and the nurse, the children are thrown into a panic. Not wanting their two favorite subjects to be separated, the children decide to take things into their own hands.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2007
UPC: 0012236211709
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 43,067

Special Features

Audio commentary by Michael Winner; Introduction by director Michael Winner; 16x9 widescreen; Dolby monaural audio; English closed captioned; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Nightcomers
1. Child's Play [3:20]
2. Travel Arrangements [3:56]
3. Happy Frog [3:11]
4. Do As You Can [4:05]
5. Other Children [3:19]
6. Nothing to See [3:54]
7. Running Things [2:26]
8. Bedtime Prayers [4:11]
9. Brute Force [4:15]
10. Making Preparations [3:47]
11. Telling Stories [7:35]
12. Making a Fuss [2:29]
13. Making Love [2:19]
14. Flying High [3:48]
15. Night Prowling [3:55]
16. Kind and Gentle [4:29]
17. Treetop Tea Party [4:12]
18. Arranging Everything [6:50]
19. Twisted Games [4:35]
20. Love Hate [2:07]
21. Really Love [1:50]
22. Leaving Them [2:21]
23. Stay With Us [3:14]
24. Suitable Replacement [1:44]
25. Nowhere to Go [3:08]
26. Spaking Ideas [1:20]
27. She's Waiting [2:25]
28. Young Angels [1:44]

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The Nightcomers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mdchlanda More than 1 year ago
This adapting of the Henry James novel is certainly not what I read in school. Although Marlon Brando's "dialog" is unintelligible at times, he puts in a strong performance as Peter Quint. A combination of lovable rogue, a sadistic son of a so and so, but who is good with Miles and Flora, he turns in an interesting performance. Stephanie Beacham, as the seemingly prim and proper Miss Jessel, but who allows Quint's cruelty (particularly in the more "intimate" [shall we say] part of their complex relationship, is also good. [She may surprise some with her display of flesh in a few points in the movie, but it isn't necessarily essential to the story, but she's not bad.] Anyway, there are some disturbing points, e.g., when the children imitate the behavior (as seen by Miles) between the brother and sister [as well it should. It is a disturbing, dark, movie, but well done.