The Nightcomers 1972

The Nightcomers

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Based on the characters from Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" but set before that story, the film centers on Peter (Marlon Brando), a gardener at a remote country estate in England, who begins a kinky sexual relationship with nurse Miss Jessel (Stephanie Beacham). What they do not realize is that two children, siblings who live at the manor, Flora (Verna Harvey) and Miles (Christopher Ellis), have seen and taken to imitating their adult behavior, which will lead to trouble for all.

Cast & Crew

Marlon Brando
Peter Quint
Thora Hird
Mrs. Grose
Harry Andrews
Master of the House
Christopher Ellis
Miles
Anna Palk
New Governess
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Critic Reviews for The Nightcomers

All Critics (7) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (3)

  • Has occasional moments where Brando's genius shines through.

    January 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • ...positively reviewed upon initial release, and Brando was nominated for a BAFTA, but I can't for the life of me figure out why.

    May 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • Alas, Michael Winner, a gentleman not notably renowned for any kind of subtlety, has produced and directed the whole enterprise and it's painful to watch him make the wrong plodding step at almost every moment of the film.

    September 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Michael Winner's rare, ambitious film tries to reimagine the prequel to Henry James' famous novel and its characters, offering Marlon Brando one of his most malevolent and disturbing roles; a good companion piece to The Innocents.

    September 23, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Strips the artistry of the Henry James original and leaves us with a hairy, overweight, naked and sweating Brando brutally kneading Stephanie Beacham's breasts into new shapes

    May 2, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Michael Winner's film ends where James's tale begins, and it is a deflating attempt to flesh out that which was never meant to be fleshed out, describing in sordid detail the love affair between the mistress and the groundskeeper and how it affected the t

    June 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Nightcomers

  • Sep 05, 2010
    I liked how this movie was strange and creepy, but I also didn't like this movie because it wasn't creepy enough and it was predictable in the end. It's an okay movie, but it could have been a lot better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2009
    This is a semi-formed notion of a movie, a mess that limps from idea to idea without ever letting the audience in on any of them. Scenes of sado-masochistic perversion are spliced periodically throughout the course of a hideously written mystery story, none of it clear enough to add up to anything. Overall, the acting is dismal (with the exception of Brando, of course). The two children at the center of the story are painful to watch, and their low grade of acting is even more painful under such clueless direction. Brando makes some interesting character choices and he's always engaging to watch, but that's about all I have to say in favor of this one. Steer clear.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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