The Night of the Following Day

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The Night of the Following Day
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Directed by Hubert Cornfield
Produced by Hubert Cornfield
Jerry Gershwin
Elliott Kastner
Written by Lionel White (novel)
Hubert Cornfield
Robert Phippeny
Starring Marlon Brando
Richard Boone
Rita Moreno
Pamela Franklin
Music by Stanley Myers
Cinematography Willy Kurant
(as Willi Kurant)
Edited by Gordon Pilkington
Gina Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • February 19, 1969 (1969-02-19) (New York City)
  • February 26, 1969 (1969-02-26) (Bismarck)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million[1]

The Night of the Following Day is a 1969 American Technicolor crime film directed by Hubert Cornfield starring Marlon Brando, Richard Boone, Rita Moreno and Pamela Franklin. Filmed in France, around Le Touquet it tells the story of a kidnapped heiress being 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...



  1. ^ Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p345

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