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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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Locked in the cold asylum of his mind - a sane man stalks his prey...a haunting story of the possible 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

This was originally known as "Salem Came to Supper". See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Salem is outside running around in the cold all that time, you never see his breath. Obviously, it wasn't very cold when they shot it. See more »

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The Parrot: Salem, come to supper!
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Looks like a cheesy slasher movie, but is actually a brilliant thriller
26 May 2002 | by cine-11See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much when I saw this movie some years ago, but was I pleasantly surprised. This is a highly underrated suspense movie that is one of my favorites. It grabs you from the very opening ("why is that man jogging through the snowy countryside in his underwear?") and delivers a clever plot that deals with a series of murders with a Columboesque twist - you're shown who's doing them at the beginning, yet you're also shown that it's physically impossible for him to be committing them. The story then involves why he's doing them, the cat and mouse interaction between him and the police inspector investigating the cases, and the amazing way he accomplishes the seemingly impossible. Does he get away with it? You'll have to see for yourself. This one won't disappoint mystery fans.


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