10 Rillington Place 1971

10 Rillington Place

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A seemingly model citizen living in mid-century London, John Christie (Richard Attenborough) is actually a killer. Masquerading as a doctor, he convinces guileless women that he can cure whatever might ail them, and when they follow him to his home, he chokes them to death and buries them in a makeshift graveyard. Based on a series of real-life killings, the story follows John as he cons a pregnant bride (Judy Geeson) and wonders if he might have found a scapegoat in her husband (John Hurt).

Cast & Crew

Richard Attenborough
John Reginald Christie
Judy Geeson
Beryl Evans
John Hurt
Timothy John Evans
Andre Morell
Judge Lewis
Pat Heywood
Mrs. Ethel Christie
Clive Exton
Writer (Screenplay)
Denys N. Coop
Cinematographer
Ernest Walter
Editor
Maurice Carter
Art Director
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Critic Reviews for 10 Rillington Place

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Audience Reviews for 10 Rillington Place

  • Feb 27, 2017
    Just when you think you've seen the best of Richard Attenborough, you unearth another gem. This is a horrible film, but you can't take your eyes off it.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2015
    In moving to London with their infant child, Beryl(Judy Geeson) and Timothy Evans(John Hurt, impossibly young) find an apartment not exactly to their liking but it will have to do. But even that, they cannot really afford on his salary. And making matters worse is her being pregnant again. Luckily, their landlord, John Christie(Richard Attenborough), has a possible solution, along with the bodies he is hiding in the backyard. "10 Rillington Place" may not be the most suspenseful true crime movie ever, as it cannot measure up to director Richard Fleischer's previous "The Boston Strangler." However, where "10 Rillington Place" does excel is not only in Richard Attenborough's superb performance which hits just the right notes but also in how it captures the period details of a changing London, starting in war time.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2010
    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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