Cul-de-sac (1966)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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In search of help, two wounded gangsters on the run find refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife; however, under the point of a gun, nothing is what it seems.




  • "Cul-de-Sac" Francoise Dorelac, Donald Pleasance 1967 Filmways
  • Françoise Dorléac and William Franklyn in Cul-de-sac (1966)
  • "Cul-de-Sac" Francoise Dorelac 1967 Filmways
  • Roman Polanski and Françoise Dorléac in Cul-de-sac (1966)
  • Donald Pleasence in Cul-de-sac (1966)
  • Françoise Dorléac and Iain Quarrier in Cul-de-sac (1966)

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15 April 2011 | gavin6942
| Black Comedy That Just Seemed to Miss Me
A wounded criminal and his dying partner take up refuge at a beachfront villa, which (not surprisingly) makes the owners less than thrilled.

I watched this as part of my quest to see all of Polanski's films in order. After two psychological films, he has switched to comedy... and I am not entirely sure I get it. Visually, this film is quite stunning and it has some good camera work (including one of the longest continuous sequences in cinematic history at the time of release at 7 minutes and 28 seconds).

Jack Nicholson claimed in an interview in 2007 that this is his favorite film. Not sure what to make of that. I loved Donald Pleasance as the cross-dressing wimp, but beyond that, I just do not think I really got it... the humor was not so strong and the darkness was not all that dark.

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