The Night of the Following Day
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|The Night of the Following Day|
|Directed by||Hubert Cornfield|
|Produced by||Hubert Cornfield
|Written by||Lionel White (novel)
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
(as Willi Kurant)
|Edited by||Gordon Pilkington|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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...
- Marlon Brando as Chauffeur
- Richard Boone as Leer
- Rita Moreno as Blonde
- Pamela Franklin as Girl
- Jess Hahn as Friendly
- Gerard Buhr as Fisherman-Cop
- Jacques Marin as Bartender
- Huques Wanner as Father
- Al Lettieri as Pilot (as Al Lettier)
- Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p345
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