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The Innocents Details

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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 Megs Jenkins 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, Megs Jenkins plays better in the claustrophobic confines of the TV screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 2013

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Jack Clayton Best Director 1961 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jack Clayton Best British Film 1961 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Jack Clayton Best Director 1961 Nominee

Cast

Deborah Kerr
as Miss Giddens
Megs Jenkins
as Mrs. Grose
Pamela Franklin
as Flora
Michael Redgrave
as The Uncle
Peter Wyngarde
as Peter Quint
Clytie Jessop
as Miss Jessel
Isla Cameron
as Anna
Eric Woodburn
as Coachman

Crew

Jack Clayton
Director
Jack Clayton
Producer
Truman Capote
Screenwriter
John Mortimer
Screenwriter
William Archibald
Screenwriter
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer
Lambert Williamson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Auric
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Clark
Editor
Albert Fennell
Executive Producer
Harold Fletcher
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