Night Watch (1973)

PG   |    |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Ellen Wheeler (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), a rich woman, is recovering from a nervous breakdown with the help of her husband and a good friend. One day, while staring out the window, she ... See full summary »


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27 September 2009 | moonspinner55
| Has more up its sleeve than red herrings
Elizabeth Taylor stars in this screen-adaptation of Lucille Fletcher's play, which initially presents little more than a roll-call for thriller clichés...but the picture turns out to be a dandy one. A married woman in England, haunted by a ghoulish memory from her past, suffers from insomnia and loneliness; her husband is always working, her best girlfriend runs around with married men, and she's left alone in a big house with a backyard that faces the rear of a deserted mansion. During a thunderstorm one night, our heroine sees a dead body in one of the neighboring windows (the viewer doesn't, at least not quite, which is a crafty touch courtesy director Brian G. Hutton). Vehicle for La Liz might have stood a stronger production, as the overall results are muddy-looking and cheap. Still, we never lose interest in the main character, as Taylor acquits herself well in these shuddery circumstances. The setup seem overly-familiar to movie-buffs, though it features an effective twist near the climax which I didn't see coming. **1/2 from ****

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