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The Moon-Spinners (1964)

The Moon-Spinners





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Disney produced this distilled Hitchcockian suspense yarn, diluted for the consumption of children. Hayley Mills stars as Nikky Ferris who is spending time in Crete at a small inn called The Moon-Spinners with her Aunt Frances (Joan Greenwood). One day Nikky discovers a handsome young man, Mark Camford (Peter McEnery), wounded in an empty church nearby. It turns out that Mark was once a London bank messenger, but he lost his job after a major jewel robbery. Tagged as a suspect, Mark has made his way to the inn to gather evidence against the inn's owner, Stratos (Eli Wallach), who Mark thinks is the real jewel thief. Nikky and Mark fall in love and decide to capture Stratos together. Silent screen vamp Pola Negri makes a luminous appearance as a jewelry aficionado.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Drama, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Dyne, Michael Dyne, Mary Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2003
Walt Disney Productions


Hayley Mills
as Nikky Ferris
Eli Wallach
as Stratos
Peter McEnery
as Mark Camford
Joan Greenwood
as Aunt Frances Ferris
Pola Negri
as Mme. Habib
Sheila Hancock
as Cynthia Gamble
John Le Mesurier
as Anthony Gamble
André Morell
as Yacht Captain
George Pastell
as Police Lieutenant
Tutte Lemkow
as Orestes
Steve Plytas
as Hearse Driver
Harry Tardios
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Moon-Spinners

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Strange but intriguing Disney starring growing up Hayley Mills.

August 1, 2005

An interesting premise, but that's about it.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Moon-Spinners

I absolutely adore this film. I was a great fan of Hayley Mills when I was a kid. I'm head over heels in love with Crete. The supporting characters and the actors who portray them are brilliant, especially Sheila Hancock, the kid and Eli Wallach. I read the Mary Stewart story it's based on and the film betters it. You'll fall for the charms of a teenage Hayley Mills or her debonair love interest, the gorgeous island of Crete and the sheer silliness that overtakes the thriller aspects. It shouldn't work, but a thiller farce set in beautiful surroundings with superb acting, genius!

Sarah Burton

Super Reviewer

A unique mystery film that Walt Disney should be proud of. Hayley Mills is always a delight! (First and only viewing - In my mid-twenties)

This odd-titled film is filled with mystery, suspense, and is peppered with the same kind of dramatic, visual/narrative liberalisms as Alfred Hitchcock's body of work from the same era. Hayley Mills, for the first time with the studio, begins to leave her cutesy girl image behind in favor of something more serious and (do I dare say it?) sexy. However, make no mistake, Moon-Spinners is a fun family film, as it contains the same frolicking antics, good music, and humor as many Disney classic films from earlier years, (though I subtract a full star from the overall rating because Act 3 does get a bit TOO silly and chatty, particularly during scenes with Pola Negri's Madame Habib. As a side note, this was Negri's final on-screen performance.) Not universally recognized as a classic in the Disney canon, Moon-Spinners is an under-appreciated effort from the studio, and is a bold departure from their early-1960s formula.

The Moon-Spinners Quotes

Stratos: The stars cannot lie!
Mme. Habib: Everyone lies when it suits their purpose... even the stars.
– Submitted by Gail S (7 months ago)

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