Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Night Visitor (1971)

Universal Marion Corporation
Directed by László Benedek
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, VCI Entertainment)

Max von Sydow is in a remote Swedish insane asylum, framed for an axe murder he claims he did not commit. He escapes unnoticed to get revenge on his sister's family, the people he believes framed him, returning in time to establish an alibi. He is spotted by his sister's husband in the house, but the investigating police, although he tends to believe him, can't figure out how Sydow can be in two places at once. Seemingly committing the perfect crime, an unexpected slip up finally gives him away. Atmospheric story with an ensemble of some of Sweden's best actors, but it all adds up to little more than a slight mystery with a rather contrived twist ending. Memorable, if atypical, score by Henry Mancini.

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