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Bunny Lake Is Missing [DVD] [2008]

Laurence Olivier , Carol Lynley , Otto Preminger    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt, Anna Massey
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Producers: Otto Preminger
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KXIB16
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Ann Lake (Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure) goes to pick up four-year-old Bunny at her newpreschool in London, she's told that no child by that name is enrolled there! Superintendent Newhouse (Lawrence Olivier, Hamlet, Academy Award(r) Best Actor of 1948,The Boys From Brazil) of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case. His suspects include: Steven Lake (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey), the child's protective uncle; Horatio Wilson (Noel Coward, The Italian Job, 1969), the Lake's decadent landlord; and Aida Ford (Martita Hunt, Anastasia), the school's eccentric ex-headmistress, but he soon learns that no one has actually seen the child and there is absolutely no proof that Bunny ever existed! Ann maintains the child's been kidnapped, but Newhouse begins to suspect that the hysterical young woman may just be insane.

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solo inglese - bianco e nerouna ragazza madre va a scuola a riprendere la figlioletta, ma la bambina e' scomparsa, anzi sembra quasi che non sia mai esistita. con l'aiuto del fratello, la donna la ricerca mentre un ispettore di polizia s'occupa del caso. da un giallo di evelyn piper (con finale diverso), un film insolito anche per i temi scabrosi (omosessualita', figli illegittimi, incesto) piuttosto rari all'epoca. lo stile febbrile di preminger gli da' intensita'. finale alla psycho. titoli di testa di saul bass. olivier caratterizza con gusto.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Do you know what this is?" asks the cook at the Little People's Garden School as she ladles a white liquid into bowl after bowl.
"Why, it looks like junket," says Ann Lake, who arrived minutes before to deliver her little girl, Bunny, to the nursery school.
"It not only looks like junket, it is junket...junket is junket. And no matter what you do with it, it still tastes like swill and swallows like slime."

This exchange is one of the many pleasures of Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing...a movie made up of a collection of eccentric and creepy performances, dialogue by John and Penelope Mortimer which is unexpectedly witty, an atmosphere of foreboding and dread, photography that keeps us in the mood for the worst to happen, and a steady performance at the heart of the film by Lawrence Olivier as Superintendent Newhouse,

Ann Lake (Carol Lynley) has arrived in London to join her older brother, Stephen (Keir Dullea). She takes her little girl to the Little People's Garden School, but when she returns for her in the afternoon there is no trace that Bunny was ever there. In the course of the next several hours, Ann will become both distraught and determined. Her brother will forcefully try to help her. Superintendent Newhouse will need to seriously consider whether or not there ever was a Bunny Lake...and except for the last twenty minutes or so, we'll have a fine time.

The unfortunate aspect of the movie is that it falls apart at the end and that two of the three main players aren't quite up to the demands of their characters. Both Lynley and Dullea give it all they've got. Lynley, in particular, comes close. Dullea, on the other hand, also tries but he has finely wrought weirdo written all over his face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To be or not to be 7 July 2009
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
What a great 60s film! A rivetting set up and full of Hitchcockian psychological suspense,which like Accident manages to avoid the superficial aspects of the swinging sixties or puts them in parenthesis or at a distance, witness seeing the group The Zombies,playing on a TV set in a public bar.Also with a cast of brilliant British actors like Olivier,Coward,Currie and Hunt(both in Great Expectations),Massey,Corrie,in contrast to the Americans Keir Dullea(excellent in 2001) and Carol Lynley.When Ann Lake(Lynley)goes to pick up her 4 year old Bunny at her new pre-school in London she's told that no child by that name is enrolled there.Superintendent Newhouse(Olivier)of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case. His suspects include Steven Lake(Dullea),the child's protective uncle; Horatio Wilson(Coward)the Lake's decadent landlord;and Aida Ford(Hunt) the school's eccentric ex-headmistress,but he soon learns that nobody has seen the child and there is absolutely no proof that Bunny ever existed! Ann maintains the child's been kidnapped,but Newhouse begins to suspect that the hysterical woman may just be insane. Otto Preminger(Anatomy of a Murder) has a great ear and eye for suspense and terror.The last 20 minutes are certainly a strange few for such a masterly build up which you may accept or reject,but the film certainly keeps you guessing.Bunny Lake Is Missing [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bunny Lake is no longer missing 16 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
Finally, this ace film has been released on dvd. Considering its credentials- two of the cast have been knighted, for god's sake!- it's very odd that it's remained in obscurity for so long. But finally we can all enjoy this spooky little thriller, set in London and directed by Otto Preminger at the height of his then considerable powers. Laurence Olivier is the investigating officer, Carol Lynley is the girl in distress, Keir Dullea is her over-protective brother, Anna Massey is the school teacher under pressure, Finlay Currie- you know, the guy who played Magwitch in Great Expectations?- is the old toymaker, Noel Coward is the scary man who lives next door, and Adrienne Corri- you know, the chick who was attacked by the droogs in A Clockwork Orange?- is her usual twitchy self. It's a great story, and you really aren't too sure how it's going to turn out, so I won't say too much about THAT. The Zombies are for some reason each credited separately, although all they do in the film is play a couple of songs on the television in the pub Laurence Olivier is hanging out in. Everybody is just on top of their form, especially Carol Lynley, who does a super job- you really can't tell quite whether she's suffering from the loss of her daughter or from a nervous breakdown. Mega-recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just out of reach. 17 Nov 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bunny Lake is Missing is directed by Otto Preminger and adapted to screenplay by John & Penelope Mortimer from the novel of the same name written by Marryam Modell (AKA: Evelyn Piper). It stars Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt & Noel Coward. Music is by Paul Glass and cinematography by Denys N. Coop. 1960s Brit Pop combo The Zombies also feature in the film.

Ann Lake (Lynley) turns up at her daughter's school to collect her after her first day there, but nobody has any recollection of ever having seen the four year old.....

It was a film that irked Otto Preminger, he was never happy with the finished product, this even after changing the ending from the one in the novel and relocating the story from New York to London. Yet time has been very kind to the film, after re-evaluations from auteurist critics the film has found a sturdy fan-base, giving it cult classic status and a reputation as a sleeper classic of its type. You feel that with its thematic links to Hitchcock's Psycho, Preminger wanted to make a film worthy of being in the same league as Hitch's classic. Certainly the marketing for the film lends one to think the makers wanted to be compared with it, that it of course isn't on a par with Psycho is a given, otherwise it would be more well known. But it's a damn fine picture, stitched together impeccably by Preminger, film holds attention and intrigue from Saul Bass' nifty opening credit sequence, right to the eerie denouement.

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem
I saw this film when I was a youngster and I have never forgotten it. It has a real haunting quality, a psychological thriller with a strangely soft edge despite some cutting... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard the CRUX
1.0 out of 5 stars This product was faulty,so we were unable to watch this dvd,
The film kept freezing and we were unable to watch this dvd. We had to keep skipping scenes, So disappointing.
Published 13 months ago by goldfish
4.0 out of 5 stars A conspiracy of madness
Ann Lake is a young single mother who's just moved from America to England, along with her four year old daughter Felicia, nicknamed Bunny. Read more
Published 16 months ago by West25
4.0 out of 5 stars Bunny Will Go to London
Convincing dialogue and very watchable especially Lynley, Olivier and the quirky British support. Great nostalgia for those of us who remember the black and white days of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mario
1.0 out of 5 stars It should have been so much better
Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), newly-arrived in London, goes to pick up her daughter, Bunny, from school, but no one there seems to know the girl. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Kona
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic of suspense
This is a strong, suspenseful thriller by renowned director, Otto Preminger, and is unusual in wide screen black and white. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2011 by Scott Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated gem
Otto Preminger is probably more well known for 'Anatomy of a Murder' and maybe 'Laura'. This under-rated gem featuring Laurence Olivier is a tense and fascinating psychological... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by Mr. A. J. Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable suspensful film
I was a litte unsure about this film as there had been a couple of negative reviews. Having said this though the film was intriguing throughout. Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by Elizabeth Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars My God, It's Full of Stars...
This very unsual film, with a haunting score by Paul Glass, is compelling from beginning to end, with a distnguished cast that includes Lawrence Olivier, Anna Massey, Martita Hunt,... Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by The Man from the Ministry
5.0 out of 5 stars Bunny Lake is Missing
Another great British thriller. Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward are excellent in this scary suspence. Some great character actors make this movie something special. Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by Ms. P. Dunleavy
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