The Night of the Following Day
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|The Night of the Following Day|
|Directed by||Hubert Cornfield|
|Produced by||Elliott Kastner|
|Written by||Hubert Cornfield
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||93 min|
The Night of the Following Day is a 1968 film starring Marlon Brando, Pamela Franklin, Richard Boone and Rita Moreno. Filmed in France, around Le Touquet it tells a simple story: a kidnapped heiress (Franklin) is held hostage in a remote beachhouse on the coast of France.
The film starts with Dupont's daughter (Franklin) on an airplane and a stewardess, Vi (Moreno) bending over her. As she leaves, we see a chauffeur, Bud (Brando), saying something to Dupont's daughter which we do not hear. He puts her in the back of a Rolls-Royce and drives off. They stop at a junction and Leer (Boone) gets in. The girl realises she has been kidnapped.
Bud starts to have second thoughts. He tries to protect the girl when Leer gets out of control. Bud also has to deal with the lack of courage with the head of the operation and Vi, who uses drugs and cannot be trusted.
Then things start to unravel. Leer kills all his partners in crime on their return with the ransom, the car catching fire. Bud, perhaps anticipating this betrayal, gets out early. Hiding on the beach, he is able to exact revenge and shoots Leer as he signals to a ship waiting to take him from the country.
All is revealed to be a dream during the girl's flight, sparked by Vi, the air hostess. But then the girl meets Bud in the airport just as in the dream...
- Bud the chauffeur - Marlon Brando
- Leer - Richard Boone
- Vi the stewardess/accomplice - Rita Moreno
- Dupont's daughter - Pamela Franklin
- Wally, the dim sidekick - Jess Hahn
- Gendarme/fisherman - Gerard Buhr
- Cafe owner - Jacques Marin
- Dupont - Huques Wanner
- Pilot - Al Lettieri
- Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p345
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