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10 Rillington Place (1971)

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This film chronicles the true story of British mass murderer John Reginald Christie. Throughout the late 1940s, Christie lured middle-aged women to his London flat, then killed and buried them. Timothy John Evans was wrongly accused of one of Christie's murders and executed. Several years later, the truth came out.

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Cast

Richard Attenborough
as John Reginald Christie
Judy Geeson
as Beryl Evans
John Hurt
as Timothy John Evans
Pat Heywood
as Mrs. Ethel Christie
Miss Riley
as Baby Geraldine
Phyllis McMahon
as Muriel Eady
Ray Barron
as Workman Willis
Douglas Blackwell
as Workman Jones
Gabrielle Daye
as Mrs. Lynch
Jimmy Gardner
as Mr. Lynch
Edward Evans
as Detective Inspector
Tenniel Evans
as Detective Sergeant
David Jackson
as Constable
Bernard Lee
as Inspector 'J'
Jack Carr
as Constable
George Lee
as Constable
Richard Coleman
as Constable
André Morell
as Judge Lewis
Robert Hardy
as Malcolm Morris
Geoffrey Chater
as Christmas Humpreys
Basil Dignam
as Medical Board
Norman Henry
as Medical Board
Edward Burnham
as Medical Board
Edwin Brown
as Hangman
Norma Shebbeare
as Woman In Cafe
Sam Kydd
as Furniture Dealer
Reg Lye
as Tramp
Rudolph Walker
as West Indian
Tommy Ebow Ansah
as West Indian
Edward Cast
as Plainclothes Sergeant
Tony Thawnton
as Desk Sergeant
Fred Hugh
as Man in Pub
Arthur Gross
as Man in Pub
Howard Lang
as Man in Pub
Uel Deane
as Irish Tenor
Margaret Boyd
as Old Lady
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Critic Reviews for 10 Rillington Place

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

As infamous serial murderer John Reginald Christie, Richard Attenborough is just exaggerated enough to remain credible.

Full Review… | June 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

More highly regarded these days than when it was released in 1971, Richard Fleischer's 10 Rillington Place is a grimly efficient treatment of a once-notorious case.

Full Review… | June 24, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

The banality of evil takes on a slightly different chill in this effectively low-key drama about a banal nebbish committing unspeakably evil acts.

Full Review… | April 16, 2016
Creative Loafing

Kennedy's book was fiercely confrontational and the film reflects this. This is a world where everybody is kicking downwards.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
Eye for Film

an unsettling reminder that, more often than not, it is not overly clever traps but rather people who kill people.

June 17, 2009
Filmcritic.com

Deeply disturbing and probably the worst date movie ever made.

November 3, 2005
ÜberCiné

Audience Reviews for 10 Rillington Place

½

Not the fastest moving of films, but based on a true story, it's an intriguing watch. Attenborough was very good in this sinister role and for the time of it's release, it managed to show enough of the story to give a gruelling account of the case.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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 Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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