10 Rillington Place

1971

10 Rillington Place

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58%

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85%

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Movie Info

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
Bernard Lee
as Inspector 'J'
David Jackson
as Constable
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 (12) | Top Critics (3)

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

    Jun 25, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    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.

    Jun 24, 2009 | Full Review…
  • ...it can't reconcile its exposé on the British justice system which dominates the last third of the film and its lurid reenactments of Christie's crimes.

    Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • The banality of evil takes on a slightly different chill in this effectively low-key drama about a banal nebbish committing unspeakably evil acts.

    Apr 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Kennedy's book was fiercely confrontational and the film reflects this. This is a world where everybody is kicking downwards.

    Aug 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • an unsettling reminder that, more often than not, it is not overly clever traps but rather people who kill people.

    Jun 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

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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