The Moon-Spinners (1964)
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as Nikky Ferris
as Mark Camford
as Aunt Frances Ferris
as Mme. Habib
as Cynthia Gamble
as Anthony Gamble
as Yacht Captain
as Police Lieutenant
as Hearse Driver
as Bus Driver
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Strange but intriguing Disney starring growing up Hayley Mills.
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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!
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.
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