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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Bryan Forbes
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On DVD: Sep 24, 2002



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Critic Reviews for Sťance on a Wet Afternoon

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kim Stanley received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing a disturbed medium who conspires a kidnap in Bryan Forbes' erie and suspensuful tale.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011

Riveting thriller about a kidnapping that goes wrong

October 28, 2005
Film Journal International

The undertakings are as spooky as the title; Kim Hunter shines; and the theme song haunts your mind.

March 18, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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 Verser

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

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