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And Soon The Darkness [DVD]

Pamela Franklin , Michele Dotrice , Robert Fuest    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton, Clare Kelly
  • Directors: Robert Fuest
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2NU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Atmospheric thriller set in the French countryside. Two British nurses, Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice), take a cycling holiday through France, but end up quarrelling and taking separate routes. Racked with guilt, the more responsible of the two decides to return to the lonely stretch of road where they last saw each other. When there's no sign of her friend, she begins an increasingly desperate search for answers among the reluctant, elusive locals. With darkness falling, her fears for her friend, combined with a growing feeling of menace, threaten to overwhelm her.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Two British nurses -- Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice) -- take a vacation in the French countryside. Jane actually wants to tour the countryside, while Cathy wants to spend the time enticing men. After an argument while in a small French village, Jane leaves. When she returns, Cathy is gone. And if that weren't worry enough, it appears that the handsome young man Cathy flirted with on their journey is apparently a sex-crazed serial killer. In a panic, Jane tries to get some help from the villagers, but the townspeople are curiously uncooperative. ...And Soon the Darkness

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in misdirection 5 Jun 2008
By G. Thomas VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I bought this on the strength of the other reviews here and I was certainly not disappointed.
After the curiously jaunty title music I was not really expecting such an atmospheric and subtle piece of film making.
This is a master class in misdirection, apprehension and general red-herring-ry without any of it seeming at all out of place within the narrative. You are truly left guessing up until the very last scene (even though you may have your suspicions)

The language barrier between Jane and the locals was an excellent touch, completing the sense of isolation so nicely built by the beautifully bleak and empty locations in rural France.

I have one major gripe with the story but to air it here would be too much of a spoiler. Suffice to say that even a small amount of disclosure can actually enhance trust.... but even so the high-quality of this film's other facets more than makes up for this.
Unbearable tension and a cracking atmosphere make this film a real treat for anyone in search of a quality thriller.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic suspense 10 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
It is certainly with deep satisfaction (and surprise) that I've just bought this DVD. Only yesterday I was searching everywhere on the net to see if by any chance it had been released on DVD. I just couldn't remember the exact title. I am glad I decided to check the recommendations today. The story still clings to me, even after so many years . I remember those two girls on bikes in France and the atmosphere of this movie. To those who enjoy pure mystery and suspense I definitely recommend it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British classic! 17 July 2007
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Very dark and brooding British thriller from 1970, set in the eerie countryside and on the lonely roads of France. Two English girls take a cycling holiday abroad where all does not bode well...

So many Great British actresses were underestimated; many will be too young to remember how attractive Michele Dotrice was - she was a versatile actress who played such diverse characters as 'Betty' in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', to more matronly roles in recent years. Here she plays Cathy - a stunning blonde with looks and a figure to die for! She stars alongside Pamela Franklin who's in her usual top form as 'scared girl'. Sandor Eles cuts a fine figure as the handsome frenchman 'Paul' - notably referred to by Cathy as 'dishy' and 'very fanciable' with his sultry good looks - she's not wrong! John Nettleton is also very convincing as the French gendarme in one of his finest movie roles ever. This outstanding cast - along with a superb and gripping story, will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end! Full of atmosphere and suspense, with subtle hints at everything, including lesbianism with the lonely school mistress (marvellously played by Clare Kelly)

A Great British classic that still pulls a punch at the twist ending after nearly forty years!

Definitely 'old movie gold'!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic late 60's thriller. 5 July 2008
By Dark Paths VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
A great, atmospheric, film from Brian Clemens (Thriller) and Terry Nation (Dalek Creator). It aches with late 60's atmos and a terribly cool French setting. Mopeds, murder and mystery. A massively overlooked masterpiece.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of those movies you don't hear much fuss about, and then you put it on and think 'why not?' A fantastically simple concept is turned into a clever suspense thriller where you are kept guessing until the end. The director uses every trick in the book to pull you along with Jane, played superbly by Franklyn. If you want to analyse it, instead of simply enjoy it, then you can certainly find a few little holes in the plot here and there, but overall, this is a very good job done by the whole team and it does reward you if you just allow yourself to be pulled into its current of suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed it and like someone else has stated, I can see this as prime Hollywood remake material, as they continue their relentless search for untapped old movies to remake. And in a way, I hope it does get remade, just so we can all say 'It is nowhere as good as the quiet little original.' And those hot pants - ooh la la!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Classic! 29 Jan 2008
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Very dark and brooding British thriller from 1970, set in the eerie countryside and on the lonely roads of France. Two English girls take a cycling holiday abroad where all does not bode well...

So many Great British actresses were underestimated; many will be too young to remember how attractive Michele Dotrice was - she was a versatile actress who played such diverse characters as 'Betty' in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', to more matronly roles in recent years. Here she plays Cathy - a stunning blonde with looks and a figure to die for! She stars alongside Pamela Franklin who's in her usual top form as 'scared girl'. Sandor Eles cuts a fine figure as the handsome Frenchman 'Paul' - notably referred to by Cathy as 'dishy' and 'very fanciable' with his sultry good looks - she's not wrong! John Nettleton is also very convincing as the French gendarme in one of his finest movie roles ever. This outstanding cast - along with a superb and gripping story, will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end! Full of atmosphere and suspense, with subtle hints at everything, including lesbianism with the lonely school mistress (marvellously played by Clare Kelly)

A Great British classic that still pulls a punch at the twist ending after nearly forty years!

Definitely 'old movie gold'!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
well packed deliverary as stated good dvd
Published 1 month ago by david t sylvester
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the film but its best if you haven't seen ...
Enjoyed the film but its best if you haven't seen it before as we knew what was coming but would recomend it.
Published 1 month ago by margaret bridger
5.0 out of 5 stars a really excellent thriller, Excellent scenery of isolated rural...
a really excellent thriller, Excellent scenery of isolated rural France. Good human drama, and tremendous suspense and a surprise ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. P. Keatley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quite strange but oddly enjoyable. A lot of cycling in it.
Published 1 month ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - Lots of Good Suspense!
I read the reviews of this movie and decided to take a chance and order it--and I'm very happy that I did! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Egyptian Gurl
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
A classic thriller bought as a present for someone with fond memories of seeing it in the past. Stands the test of time.
Published 5 months ago by Richard crump
5.0 out of 5 stars great film.
fantastic film, so much better than the silly predictable teenage slashers that seem to be the boring thrillers of today....
Published 5 months ago by Eliza Carn
3.0 out of 5 stars Very mild thriller
I usually like 1960's / 70's British thrillers but this movie did not really live up to my expectations. The slim (very slim! Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars very good service would recomend service, and product quality was...
great film, with a twist. very good pic quality and fo a seventies thriller it was well acted with good actors in it.
Published 7 months ago by Sar79
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
very spellbounding. I remember first seeing this film when it first came out and then seeing michell Detroice as Betty in some mothers do av em
Published 8 months ago by Dave
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