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The Night Visitor (1971)




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Unhappy to have been forcibly sent to spend his life locked away in the loony bin, an inmate plots his escape and his course of revenge in this detailed drama from Sweden and Denmark.

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Trevor Howard
as Inspector
Liv Ullmann
as Esther Jenks
Per Oscarsson
as Dr. Anton Jenks
Rupert Davies
as Clemens the Attorney
Andrew Keir
as Dr. Kemp
Gretchen Franklin
as Mrs. Hansen
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Critic Reviews for The Night Visitor

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Laslo Benedek's methodical direction and Henning Kristiansen's astonishing photography-a gothic mix of melancholy blue landscapes and pale, crumbling interiors-only serve to underline the film's deficiency, the utter lack of logic.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

A lackluster thriller.

October 18, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Who precisely was this made for?

February 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Visitor

"The Night Visitor" is an obscure, thoroughly strange drama that somehow managed to cast Ingmar Bergman regulars Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman in their prime. The entire film takes place in freezing cold and snow. Wrongly sentenced for murder, Von Sydow is imprisoned in a decrepit insane asylum (the real-life location, an ancient Swedish fortress by the sea, is astounding). The real killer lurks in his old family home nearby, where his three sisters and one brother-in-law awkwardly reside. Von Sydow has found an elaborate way to slip out of his cell undetected involving a delightful assortment of tools and tricks, and he aims to sneak home, avenge himself and return to the asylum with a perfect alibi. Unfortunately, this plot involves tying his clothes into a rope, which means poor Von Sydow spends much of the film stumbling through the snowy wilderness in his skivvies. Incredible to watch. The logic of the story doesn't quite hold up and its ambience is strictly B-movie (director Laslo Benedek had a spotty career, highlighted by Brando's "The Wild One" and a version of "Death of a Salesman" shot almost 20 years earlier), but there's a wonderful twist at the end. Don't expect much from Ullman - she barely has anything to do beyond making distraught faces - but the wizened veteran Trevor Howard adds a good turn as an investigating police inspector.

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