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Twisted Nerve (1968)

Martin Durnley (Hywel Bennett) is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

Leo Marks (screenplay), Roy Boulting (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Susan Harper
Hywel Bennett ... Martin Durnley (Georgie Clifford)
Billie Whitelaw ... Joan Harper
Phyllis Calvert ... Enid Durnley
Barry Foster ... Gerry Henderson
Frank Finlay ... Henry Durnley
Salmaan Peerzada ... Shashie Kumar (as Salmaan Peer)
Christian Roberts ... Philip Harvey
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... 'Clarkie'
Thorley Walters ... Sir John Forrester
Russell Napier ... Professor Fuller
Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Groom
Timothy West ... Superintendant Dakin
Brian Peck ... Det-Sgt Rogers
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... 'Taffy' Evans
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Storyline

Martin Durnley (Hywel Bennett) is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality - that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper (Hayley Mills), but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Much of the interior house footage was shot on location at the Mills family home in Twickenham. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, in view of the controversy already aroused, the producers of this film wish to re-emphasize what is already stated in the film, that there is no established scientific connection between Mongolism and psychotic or criminal behaviour.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the police rank Superintendent is spelled Superintendant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Turkish Batman (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Madeleine
(uncredited)
Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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Mommy obsessed psycho.
11 March 2011 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Martin/Georgie is a mommy obsessed psychopath with a mental age of an infant.Georgie dupes his way into beautiful Hayley Mills' residence and the sinister things begin to happen..."Twisted Nerve" is a psychological thriller strongly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho".The camera-work is outstanding as is the acting.There are only two murders shown in the film,so fans of horror will be disappointed.The soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann of "Psycho" fame is truly memorable as is the whistling theme later used by Tarantino in "Kill Bill Vol 1".The characters are well-written and there is strong emphasis on oedipal complex.8 out of 10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

December 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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