Sťance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sťance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Sťance on a Wet Afternoon




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Kim Stanley plays a crooked medium who has become slightly unhinged since the death of her son. Craving money and publicity, she concocts a scheme with her weak-willed husband (Richard Attenborough). The pair will kidnap a wealthy young girl, collect the ransom, then use her "powers" to help the parents locate the child. The scheme falls apart, but not in the way that anyone might expect. Adapted by director Bryan Forbes from a novel by Mark McShane, Seance on a Wet Afternoon is a compelling psychological melodrama made doubly powerful by Stanley's mesmerizing performance. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Bryan Forbes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002


Kim Stanley
as Myra Savage
Nanette Newman
as Mrs. Clayton
Margaret Lacey
as Woman at first Seanc...
Patrick Magee
as Supt. Walsh
Maria Kazan
as Woman at first Seanc...
Mark Eden
as Charles Clayton
Lionel Gamlin
as Man at Seances
Marian Spencer
as Mrs. Wintry
Judith Donner
as Amanda Clayton
Gerald Sim
as Sgt. Beedle
Arnold Bell
as Mr. Weaver
Maggie McGrath
as Woman at 2nd Seance
Frank Singuineau
as Bus Conductor
Michael Scott Lees
as Plainclothes Policem...
Hajni Biro
as Maid at Clayton's
Marie Burke
as Woman at first Seanc...
Ronald Hines
as Policeman at Clayton...
Godfrey James
as Clayton's Chauffeur
Diana Lambert
as Clayton's Secretary
John Lees
as Plain Clothes Police...
Stanley Morgan
as Man in Trilby
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Critic Reviews for Sťance on a Wet Afternoon

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If one says that the best things about Sťance on a Wet Afternoon are the performances of Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes' script, this is not to decry Forbes' direction. In fact he does an excellent job.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

Creepy but engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Highly effective psychological thriller, with a stunning star turn from Kim Stanley.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015

Audience Reviews for Sťance on a Wet Afternoon


A powerhouse, a haunted house, of a psychological thriller as a curious London couple plan and execute the kidnapping of a wealthy family's daughter. Stanley and Attenborough deliver pitch perfect performances as the couple with an ugly past.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This movie has both an interesting story and interesting characters. If you like psychological thrillers, you'll like this movie. I really liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

decent mid-60's suspense thriller starring richard attenborough, who kidnaps a child to please his delusional wife, played by kim stanley. primarily a stage actress, stanley made only a handful of films and this is worth seeing for the fine performances.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Sťance on a Wet Afternoon Quotes

Billy Savage: You're mad. We both are.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Billy Savage: Oh, God, oh Jesus, take her before it's too late!
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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