Deadly Strangers

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Deadly Strangers
"Deadly Strangers" (1974).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed by Sidney Hayers
Produced by Peter Miller
Written by Philip Levene (original Story and Screenplay)
Starring Hayley Mills
Simon Ward
Sterling Hayden
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Graham Edgar
Edited by Barry Peters
Distributed by Fox-Rank (UK)
Release date
April 1975 (UK)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Deadly Strangers is a 1975 British psychological thriller film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Hayley Mills, Simon Ward and Sterling Hayden.[1]


A lunatic is on the loose as a salesman, Steven Slade (Simon Ward) picks up a young lady, Belle Adams (Hayley Mills) in a blue Austin Maxi car after she is nearly raped by a lorry driver.

Adams wishes to catch a train at a nearby station and Slade in wishing to take her there (really wishing to exploit her) lies about delays in her train as a way of keeping her with him.

With roadblocks in the area and Slade not being too forthcoming on his own background, the trip sharply descends into a case of what are they both hiding. This is never fully revealed.

On waking the next morning Slade loses Adams and hurries off to find her, where she misses him and catches a lift from aging Malcolm Roberts (Sterling Hayden). Later Roberts discovers Adams' past and the truth of the film has yet to be uncovered.


  • Belle Adams - Hayley Mills
  • Stephen Slade - Simon Ward
  • Malcolm Robarts - Sterling Hayden
  • Jim Nicholls - Ken Hutchison
  • Belle's Uncle - Peter Jeffrey
  • Café Owner - Hubert Tucker
  • Petrol Station Attendant - Nina Francis
  • 1st Motorcycle Youth - George Collis
  • 2nd Motorcycle Youth - Ralph Arliss
  • Stephen's Girlfriend - Juliet Aykroyd
  • Motorcycle Policeman - Roger Nott
  • Hotel Receptionist - Norman Tyrrell

Critical reception[edit]

Time Out noted "old-fashioned psychopathic goings-on in the West Country" and its "sole redeeming feature is Hayley Mills, who suggests an actress capable of much better things than she has been offered recently. Hayers, to his credit, does exploit her best quality - an insolent, slightly offhand sex appeal" ;[2] while TV Guide found it an "occasionally intriguing tale," concluding that it was "well done, but it seems to bog down in its own cleverness"; [3] whereas The Terror Trap found it "a satisfying and well made British psycho thriller." [4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Deadly Strangers". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Deadly Strangers". Time Out London. 
  3. ^ "Deadly Strangers". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ "Deadly Strangers (1974) - The Terror Trap".