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The Moon-Spinners [DVD] [1964]
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2010
The Moonspinners was a movie which I saw several times (no I'm not crazy) It just happened to be playing in the place where I worked as a page - boy in the cinema, so after work, usually 4pm. I would saunter (free) into the cinema and watched the movie.

I agree with most of the reviews that the Greek scenery was more eye catching than the plot of the movie. But back in those days we were not so demanding and when Disney got their hands on the story and its main female lead (Hayley) they felt they were on to a good thing especially after the success of 'In Search Of The Castaways'. The movie did have some notable talent, Hayley Mills, Joan Greenwood, Irene Papas,Pola Negri, the ever talented Eli Wallach and Peter McEnery. All of this was never going to make an oscar winning movie.
What the heck! I enjoyed and it and was intrumental in urging me to go to Greece on holiday. As far as I know The Moonspinners was the first Mills and Boon book to be taken up by a major studio, CHECK IT OUT ! And finally the movie is also remembered for Hayley's first grown - up screen kiss from Peter McEnery, and what guy wouldn't want to kiss Hayley Mills.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2010
This is good, family viewing set in a lovely area of Crete (Elounda) that has expanded out of all recognition since the film was shot there in 1964.
It features a wronged bank official (Peter McEnery), seeking to clear his name by implicating the person whom he perceives to be the thief (Eli Wallach) of a bank client's jewels in London.
Arriving at the same small hotel in the Village, run by the Sister (Irene Papas) of the thief, is an Aunt (Joan Greenwood) and her Niece (Hayley Mills), the former recording local folk songs in Greece for the BBC.
There are many adventures experienced along the way by the former banker and the young tourist including a shooting, imprisonment, pursuit, treachery and even a little romance until the final, exciting conclusion on board the yacht of an eccentric millionairess when the villian gets his just deserts.
The acting is good and the Cretan scenery stunning and the viewer is left on the edge of their seat until the final monents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 September 2010
This is a nice, inoffensive, middling Disney adventure story, with decent characters and nice scenery, and you can lose yourself in the story fairly easily. And there's a fine little cameo from John Le Mesurier as well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2011
Eli Wallach of spaghetti western villains fame is a bit wasted in this frothy Hayley Mills vehicle really, but for her fans she looks adorable in a selection of pretty frocks :-) Very good turns from several very good actors and actresses (Pola Negri is superb as the crooked eccentric millionairess) make the film more interesting to watch than might otherwise have been the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Disney mutilates a great story by Mary Stewart. Will we ever learn?

Nikky Ferris (a rather pudgy and blotchy Hayley Mills) is on holiday with her aunt Frances (Joan Greenwood). They find themselves unwanted by the local hotel owner (the famous Greek actor Irene Papas) and her abrasive brother (Eli Wallach). Little do they suspect that they will be involve in a nefarious international plot; One in which you cannot tell the good guys from the bad until it is too late.

On the plus is a lot of good scenery. And how they could pay Irene Papas "Electra" (1962) to be in this movie one can only guess.

The real problem with this film is that Disney got a hold of it and turned a mystery into a farce. Nikky spills the beans more than once and is bratty when called upon to be decisive. She is naïve and quite bratty for her age. The other characters are quite sophomoric most of the time. Too many times, we must suspend any logic in figuring out where the runners are hiding and how the hunters no right where to get them. The story has a swift and inconsistent sort of ending.

Electra Starring: Irene Papas

Chalk Garden Starring: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2009
You know that a Disney production with Hayley Mills is not going to be particularly demanding entertainment, but this is top-notch of its kind.
The Cretan locations are interesting and beautifully photographed, the young leads attractive, and the story innocuous without being too tiresome.Peter McEnery makes a personable and believable young hero, and the producer has assembled a dream supporting cast:that excellent actor, Eli Wallach, is hardly stretched as the villainous Stratos, nor is Irene Papas as his sister, Joan Greenwood is as charming as ever as Hayley's aunt,and small parts are played by John le Mesurier, Sheila Hancock, Andre Morell, and in a memorable cameo, Pola Negri, famous star of the silents. Good family entertainment, and will tempt you to visit Crete!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lovely film, a must for anyone who was a teenager in the 1960s, especially if you are female. Hayley was the number one box office draw in those days, and Disney uses her intense but very amusing persona to great effect in this film. She looks absolutely gorgeous, and Peter McEnery sets my heart aflutter now just as he did all those years ago when he gave our favourite actress her first screen kiss (what innocent days they were!) We also get sun, sea, terrifically atmospheric music and stunning shots of Crete. What more could you ask! Oh, yes, there's Joan Greenwood too, being nicely dotty as Hayley's aunt, and looking very stylish, as does Sheila Hancock, who gives a lovely catty performance as 'The Angel of Islington'. And Hayley's outfits are out of this world!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2007
Yes, it's minor Hayle and minor Disney... but the Greek scenery is beautiful... and it's nice to see Pola Negri in a cameo... I enjoyed the film despite all it's flaws... and at least the UK version is in widescreen... unlike the awful US version which is pan and scanned...
Enjoy!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2014
I bought this to add to my collection of Hayley Mills dvd's. It is really good and ive watched it a couple of times.
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on 28 July 2015
I am a great fan of Mary Stewart's novels, which I read avidly through the sixties as a teenager. I am also a great fan of Disney films! This is a delightful vehicle for the enchanting Juliet Mills, then 18 years old, with an incredible international cast (including John Le Mesurier, Irene Pappas and Pola Negri) - even the Disney cheetah gets a walk-on! The film is only loosely based on the novel, which seems a pity these days - though I appreciate that in a 'family movie' Disney didn't want to show a pretty girl being harpooned! For me, the special thing about it, viewing it again all these years later, is that it was filmed in the Crete that Mary Stewart was describing in her novel. It was published in 1962 and the film was released in 1964, so it's a nostalgic snapshot into a 'lost world'. An interesting evening's viewing for an adult - and I expect that younger kids would still enjoy watching it, though it's a bit 'old-fashioned'.
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