The Nightcomers

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Marlon Brando delivers a respectably creepy performance in the Michael Winner directed The Nightcomers -- a film inspired by the characters in Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. On a British country estate, two recently-orphaned children, Miles (Christopher Ellis) and Flora (Verna Harvey), live on their own with only a nurse, housekeeper, and gardener as companions. Miles and Flora are particularly fascinated by the gardener, Quint (Marlon Brando). In fact, fascinated to the point of obsession, the boy and girl model their young lives after him. When Quint becomes involved with the prim and proper nurse, Miles surreptitiously views their love-making and keeps it in mind for future reference. Gradually, Miles and Flora adopt the gardener and the nurse's love-hate relationship for their own, copying their adult behavior with child-like abandon. Finally, when the housekeeper finds out and decides to fire the gardener and the nurse, the children are thrown into a panic. Not wanting their two favorite subjects to be separated, the children decide to take things into their own hands. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Stephanie Beacham
as Miss Margaret Jessel
Thora Hird
as Mrs. Grose
Harry Andrews
as Master of the House
Anna Palk
as Governess
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Critic Reviews for The Nightcomers

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  • ...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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 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
  • 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

    Jun 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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