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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

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Based on the mystery novel by Marryam Modell (using the pseudonym Evelyn Piper), Bunny Lake Is Missing is a bizarre study in motherhood, kindness, enigma, and insanity. Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), an American freshly relocated to England, wishes to drop off her daughter Bunny for the girl's first day at a new nursery school. Oddly, Ann cannot locate any teachers or administrators, only the school's disgruntled cook (Lucie Mannheim). She is forced to leave Bunny unsupervised in the building's "first day" room, under the reassurance that the cook will be responsible for the child. When Ann returns in the afternoon, the cook has quit and Bunny Lake is missing. The school's remaining employees vehemently deny ever seeing the child, and Ann desperately calls her older brother Stephen (Keir Dullea) for help. Ann was raised fatherless and never married; she and Bunny have lived under Stephen's care and protection for the majority of both their lives. Stephen is enraged by the irresponsibility of the staff, but as Scotland Yard begins its investigation, it comes to light that he had never officially enrolled a child at the school. When Police Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) begins to unravel the Lakes' lives and search their belongings, he discovers that not only did Ann once have an imaginary childhood daughter named "Bunny," but that the young Bunny seemed to have no tangible possessions at the Lake apartment. Bunny Lake (whom we have yet to see onscreen) may not be missing: she may not even be real. Terrified that Newhouse will now abandon the search for the girl, the hysterical Ann sets out to prove her sanity and, in the process, surprisingly uncovers the true psychosis behind the disappearance of her little Bunny Lake.

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Cast

Laurence Olivier
as Superintendent Newhouse
Carol Lynley
as Ann Lake
Keir Dullea
as Steven Lake
Martita Hunt
as Ada Ford
Clive Revill
as Andrews
Finlay Currie
as Doll Maker
Richard Wattis
as Clerk in Shipping Office
Victor Maddern
as Taxi Driver
Delphi Lawrence
as 1st Mother
Suzanne Neve
as 2nd Mother
Jill Melford
as Teacher
Patrick Jordan
as Policeman
Jane Evers
as Policewoman
John Sharp
as Fingerprint Man
Geoffrey Frederick
as Police Photographer
Percy Herbert
as Policeman at Station
Bill Maxam
as Borman
Tim Brinton
as Newscaster
Fred Emney
as Man in Soho
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Upon contact with an electric guitar, Otto Preminger, born in 1906, got a shock, which he conveys in this jangled psychological thriller from 1965, set in swinging London.

Full Review… | September 14, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

A middling thriller,

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

The effect is stingingly poignant.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...a promising thriller that slowly-but-surely wears out its welcome.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

One of Preminger's best films, this stylish psychological mystery-thriller is extremely well shot and well acted by Olivier, Carol Lynley and Keir Dulea.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

A solid-but-frustratingly-tantalizing experience.

Full Review… | October 4, 2009
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Bunny Lake Is Missing

½

Whenever I watch a good film and don't like it, I feel like I'm missing something. And this was one of those moments. Okay, not entirely true, I liked *parts* of it. The ending. Oh my god. Painful. I dunno. Mixed.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

!!! SPOILER ALERT !!! This movie sucks.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

umm wtf? one of the most ridiculous 'thriller's i've seen. the americans were just embarrassing, especially in the final scene. olivier can do no wrong and noel coward was hilarious but otherwise i'm pretty sure i laughed at all the wrong parts. still entertaining in a perverse kind of way

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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