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10 Rillington Place (1971)




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10 Rillington Place is the true story of British mass murderer John Reginald Christie, played with chilling "normality" by Richard Attenborough. Throughout the late '40s, Christie lures middle-aged women to his London flat promising to cure their ailments with nitrous oxide, then kills them, assaults their dead bodies, and buries them. One of his victims is Beryl Evans (Judy Geeson), who misguidedly comes to Christie seeking an abortion -- and in the process, not only loses her own life, but sets in motion a horrid sequence of events that threatens to endanger her husband as well. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Richard Attenborough
as John Reginald Christ...
Judy Geeson
as Beryl Evans
John Hurt
as Timothy John Evans
Pat Heywood
as Mrs. Ethel Christie
Robert Hardy
as Malcolm Morris
Margaret Boyd
as Old Lady
Edward Cast
as Plainclothes Sergean...
Howard Lang
as Men in Pub
Reg Lye
as Tramp
Tony Thawnton
as Desk Sergeant
Phyllis McMahon
as Muriel Eady
Bernard Lee
as Inspector 'J'
Tommy Ebow Ansah
as West Indian
Douglas Blackwell
as Workman Jones
Edwin Brown
as Hangman
Edward Burnham
as Medical Board Member
Jack Carr
as Constable
Geoffrey Chater
as Christmas Humphreys
Richard Coleman
as Constable
Basil Dignam
as Medical Board Member
Edward Evans
as Det. Sergeant
Tenniel Evans
as Det. Sergeant
Jimmy Gardner
as Mr. Lynch
Norman Henry
as Medical Board
David Jackson
as Constable
Sam Kydd
as Furniture Dealer
George Lee
as Constable
André Morell
as Judge Lewis
Miss Riley
as Baby Geraldine
Norma Shebbeare
as Woman In Cafe
Rudolph Walker
as West Indian
Gabrielle Daye
as Mrs. Lynch
Ray Barron
as Workman Willis
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Critic Reviews for 10 Rillington Place

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

As infamous serial murderer John Reginald Christie, Richard Attenborough is just exaggerated enough to remain credible.

Full Review… | June 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

More highly regarded these days than when it was released in 1971, Richard Fleischer's 10 Rillington Place is a grimly efficient treatment of a once-notorious case.

Full Review… | June 24, 2009
Village Voice
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Kennedy's book was fiercely confrontational and the film reflects this. This is a world where everybody is kicking downwards.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for 10 Rillington Place


Not the fastest moving of films, but based on a true story, it's an intriguing watch. Attenborough was very good in this sinister role and for the time of it's release, it managed to show enough of the story to give a gruelling account of the case.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Immediately one of the greatest films I have ever seen. I feel so privileged that I was able to see this film on the big screen. It starts with the wonderful Richard Attenborough being a sick little puppy. Set during the war, in a policeman's unifrom, offering medical help to a young woman. Attenborough is everything that someone should trust. A calm English man that offers you tea. Next, he's murdering the woman with gas, and not a hint of remorse. The film jumps forward 5 years, and introduces a tragic couple. They are about to have a baby, but cannot afford one. This sparks Attenborough's killing side, and he offers to perform an abortion. The film becomes a tense and depressing thriller that outlines the problems with capital punishment. It's sad as it's a battle of wits, but one of the protagonists has no wits to battle with. Attenborough is one of the most chilling and disturbing villains I've ever seen. The claustrophobic setting, the invasion of someones life, and the heartless deception, are just some of the great things about this movie. As it finished on a freeze frame we hear heavy breathing, next the credits scroll silently. Everyone in the cinema stood up in silence as though they had just been punched and winded. This film had more dread and a bigger impact than any I can recall.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Excellent fact-based crime drama that avoids sensationalism for a more subtle approach, but retains the psychological darkness you'd expect from a serial killer movie. This movie proves life is stranger than fiction, and nothing beats a well made movie of a true horrendous crime. As a side note: I have read that these events helped abolish the death sentence in England. I can believe it, cuz a story likes this really makes you ponder this issue.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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