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The Nightcomers | 1971 | Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham

In an unusual literary prequel, Michael Winner directs a speculative reconstruction suggesting what happened prior to the events told in Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw. Two orphaned children living in a mansion in England in the early 1900s fall under the influence of a gardener (Marlon Brando) and eavesdrop on his sadomasochistic doings with their governess (Stephanie Beacham).

Marlon Brando recounted in his memoir Brando that while making The Nightcomers Michael Winner restricted use of the elegant dining room to himself, Brando and their immediate friends. The actor objected to Winner’s characteristically British sense "of class and announced that he wanted to eat with the other actors. However, the rest of the cast stayed away from him, intimidated by his presence.

UK | 96 minutes | 1971

Director: Michael Winner
Script: Michael Hastings
Story: Henry James

cast
Marlon Brando as Peter Quint
Stephanie Beacham as Miss Jessel
Thora Hird as Mrs. Grose
Harry Andrews as Master of the House
Verna Harvey as Flora
Christopher Ellis as Miles
Anna Palk as New Governess

 

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