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Twisted Nerve (1968)

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

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Joan Harper
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Enid Durnley
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Henry Durnley
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Shashie Kadir (as Salmaan Peer)
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Philip Harvey
Gretchen Franklin ...
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Sir John Forrester
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Mr. Groom
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Superintendant Dakin
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Det-Sgt Rogers
Richard Davies ...
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Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality - that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl.

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December 1968 (UK)  »

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A Morte Tem Cara de Anjo  »

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1.66 : 1
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The lines of poetry quoted by the professor, "No puppet master pulls the strings on high / Proportioning our parts, the tinsel and the paint / A twisted nerve, a ganglion gone awry / Predestines the sinner or the saint" come from "Slaves" by George Sylvester Viereck. See more »

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Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, in view of the controversy already aroused, the producers of this film wish to re-emphasize what is already stated in the film, that there is no established scientific connection between Mongolism and psychotic or criminal behaviour.
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In the closing credits, the police rank Superintendent is spelled Superintendant. See more »

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Referenced in The Stepfather (1987) See more »

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Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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More of a character study then a thriller.
8 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Twisted Nerve is a rather well made film about a psychopathic young man who regresses to an infantile, rage filled personality when stressed or sexually atracted to another person. Released in the United States in 1968 by National General Pictures, the film was controversial for its suggested link between downs syndrome and psychopathology.

The film was a box office disapointment probally because it was marketed as an axe-killer psycho movie, which it is not. Although there are a few shocking scenes, this film is a character study of a person damaged by his herediary and his overly protective, seductive mother.

This film is nearly impossible to see if you didn't catch it in 1968. It was available from Thorn/Emi in Austraila, but I believe its OOP.


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