- Ill Met by Moonlight
name = Ill Met by Moonlight
image_size = 215px
caption = theatrical poster
director = Michael Powell
producer = Michael Powell
W. Stanley Moss"(novel)"
Dirk Bogarde Marius Goring
distributor = Rank Film Distributors Ltd.
released = 4 March fy|1957 "(UK)"
24 April fy|1958 "(NYC)"
July 1958 "(US)"
runtime = 104 min. / 93 min. "(US)"
country = United Kingdom
language = English
imdb_id = 0049357
"Ill Met by Moonlight" (1957), also known as "Night Ambush", is a film by the British writer-director-producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the last film they made together through their Archers production company. The film,which stars
Dirk Bogardeand features Marius Goring, David Oxley and Cyril Cusack, is based on the 1952 book "Ill Met by Moonlight: The Abduction of General Kreipe" by W. Stanley Moss, an account of real events in the author's service on Cretein World War II. The title is a quotation from Shakespeare's " A Midsummer Night's Dream".
World War II, the Greek Mediterraneanisland of Creteis occupied by the Nazis. A group of British officers led by Major Patrick Leigh Fermor ( Dirk Bogarde) land on the island and, with the help of local resistance in April 1944, kidnap German General Heinrich Kreipe( Marius Goring), the commander of the island. They take Kreipe across very rough country to a secluded cove on the far side of the island, where they are picked up and taken to Cairo.
Dirk Bogardeas Major Patrick "Paddy" Leigh Fermor aka "Philedem"
Marius Goringas Major General Heinrich Kreipe
*David Oxley as Captain W. Stanley "Billy" Moss, M.C.
*Dimitri Andreas as Niko Soldan Emeris
Cyril Cusackas Captain Sandy Rendel
Laurence Payneas Manoli
*Wolfe Morris as George
Michael Goughas Andoni Zoidakis
*Rowland Bartrop as Micky Akoumianakis
Brian Worthas Stratis Saviolkis
*Paul Stassino as Yanni Katsias
*Adeeb Assaly as Zahari
Christopher Leeand David McCallumhave small parts in the film, Lee as a German officer in the dentist scene, and McCallum, in his film debut, as a sailor on the ship that picks the group up. Lee's part was edited out in the fy|1959 re-release of the film. [TCM [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=17677&category=Misc%20Notes Misc. notes] ] There's also a "John Houseman" in the cast, but it appears that this is not the well-known actor, director and advertising icon John Houseman. [imdb name|1208738|John Houseman]
*Marius Goring had appeared in three other Powell and Pressburger films: "
The Spy in Black" (fy|1939), "A Matter of Life and Death" (fy|1946) and "The Red Shoes" (fy|1948). [IMDB [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330961/ Marius Goring] ] Goring replaced Curt Jürgens, who was the original choice to play the part of General Kreipe.
"Ill Met By Moonlight" was filmed at
Pinewood Studiosin England, with location shooting in the Alpes-Maritimesin Franceand Italy, and on the Côte d'Azurin France. [IMDB [http://imdb.com/title/tt0049357/locations Filming locations] ] [ [http://www.powell-pressburger.org/FAQ/FAQ25.html#IllMet P&P Filming Locations] ]
The story was affectionately parodied by
Spike Milliganin the 1957 " Goon Show" episode, "Ill Met by Goonlight".
* Christie, Ian. "Arrows of Desire: the films of Michael Powell and
Emeric Pressburger". London: Faber & Faber, 1994. ISBN 0-571-16271-1. 163pp (illus. filmog. bibliog. index).
* Fermor, Patrick Leigh. "Words of Mercury". John Murray, 2004. ISBN 0-719-56105-1.
* Moss, W. Stanley. "Ill Met by Moonlight". London: Harrap, 1952. ISBN 0-304-35259-4.
* Moss, W. Stanley. "A War of Shadows". London: T.V. Boardman , 1952. OCLC: 2057976. 240pp (illus. 21 cm). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2057976?tab=details]
* Powell, Michael. "A Life in Movies: An Autobiography". , 1986. ISBN 0-434-59945-X.
* Powell, Michael. "Million Dollar Movie". London: Heinemann, 1992. ISBN 0-434-59947-6.
* [http://www.powell-pressburger.org/Reviews/57_IllMet Reviews and articles] at the [http://www.powell-pressburger.org Powell & Pressburger Review Pages]
*. Full synopsis and film stills (and clips viewable from UK libraries).
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