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The Night Visitor (1971)

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In a Scandinavian insane asylum, murderer Salem sneaks-out at night to exact his revenge on those who he deems responsible for his predicament.

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Laslo Benedek

Writers:

Guy Elmes (screenplay), Samuel Roeca (based on an original story by) (as Sam Roecca)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Max von Sydow ... Salem
Trevor Howard ... Inspector
Liv Ullmann ... Ester Jenks
Per Oscarsson ... Dr. Anton Jenks
Rupert Davies ... Mr. Clemens
Andrew Keir ... Dr. Kemp
Jim Kennedy Jim Kennedy ... Carl
Arthur Hewlett ... Pop
Hanne Bork Hanne Bork ... Emmie
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Mrs. Hansen
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ... Mr. Torens (as Bjorn Watt-Boolsen)
Lotte Freddie Lotte Freddie ... Britt Torens
Erik Kühnau Erik Kühnau ... Police Doctor (as Erik Kuhnau)
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Storyline

A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum. Written by alfiehitchie

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If your skin doesn't crawl, its on too tight! See more »

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Crime | Thriller | Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Sweden | Panama

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lunatic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee was the first choice to play Salem but was not available. See more »

Goofs

When Salem is swinging on the rope and climbing down the tree, it's an obvious double with a stockier build and darker hair. See more »

Quotes

Salem: Conscience is a terrible thing.
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New Meaning
26 February 2000 | by kwarbur488See all my reviews

It has been thirty years since I first saw this title, at a drive-in movie theater, with my girlfriend. She and I both had eyes glued to the screen. The "feeling" of the setting still lingers and we could almost experience the cold. But what I remember the most is that The Night Visitor gave new meaning to the old line,

"a little birdy told me...".

Superb direction and wonderfully twisting ending!


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