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The fact that there isn't a single likeable character in Cul de Sac does not diminish its artistic value in the least. Ageing, furtively kinky Donald Pleasence is married to sexy young Francoise Dorleac. The couple's hermitlike tranquility is shattered when wounded gangsters Jack MacGowan and Lionel Stander invade their home and hold them hostage. As Dorleac urges her tremulous husband to do something, the two criminals begin behaving in a fashion that can only inadequately be described as eccentric. Drawing upon two of Polanski's favorite themes-isolation and latent insanity--Cul de Sac actually improves upon each viewing, assuming that the viewer has the intestinal fortitude to sit through it once.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2011
UPC: 0715515084215
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 6,600

Special Features

Two Gangsters and an Island, a 2003 Documentary about the making of Cul-de-sac, featuring Interviews with Polanski, Producer Gene Gutowski, and Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor; ; Television Interview with Polanski from 1967; Theatrical Trailers; Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by film critic David Thompson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Pleasence George
Françoise Dorléac Teresa
Lionel Stander Richard
Jack MacGowran Albert
William Franklyn Cecil
Robert Dorning Mr. Fairweather
Jacqueline Bisset Jacqueline
Marie Kean Mrs. Fairweather
Geoffrey Sumner Christopher's Father
Renee Houston Christopher's Mother
Iain Quarrier Christopher
Trevor Delaney Little Nicholas

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Screenwriter
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Roy Ford Camera Operator
Gene Gutowski Producer
Michael Klinger Producer
Krzysztof Komeda Score Composer
George Lack Art Director
Alastair McIntyre Editor
Bridget Sellers Costumes/Costume Designer
Maude Spector Casting
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Sam Waynberg Executive Producer
Don Weeks Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cul-de-Sac
1. Fed Up [5:40]
2. "Anybody Home?" [9:16]
3. Dickie [9:11]
4. Mr. Katelbach [5:40]
5. The Chicken House [8:55]
6. Night Owls [10:14]
7. "You Need A Lesson" [13:33]
8. "It's Time" [7:13]
9. Visitors [12:08]
10. Lunch [9:47]
11. "You Like?" [9:41]
12. Escape [10:41]

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