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Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

A new school teacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his pupils, and he fears the same will happen to him.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Simon Raven (screenplay), Giles Cooper (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... John Ebony
Douglas Wilmer ... Headmaster
Tony Haygarth ... Cary Farthingale (as Anthony Haygarth)
Carolyn Seymour ... Silvia Ebony
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... Mr. Winstanley
Barbara Lott Barbara Lott ... Mrs. Winstanley
Donald Gee Donald Gee ... Stretton
David Jackson David Jackson ... Clackworth
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ... Blisterine
David Auker ... Aggeridge
Tom Morris Tom Morris ... Ankerton
Richard Gill Richard Gill ... Borby
Michael Kitchen ... Bungabine
Nicholas Hoye Nicholas Hoye ... Cloistermouth
Tom Owen ... Cuthbun
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A new school teacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his pupils, and he fears the same will happen to him.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Compañeros del crimen See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkshire, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemmings, Mediarts See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[John Ebony's first day teaching. The students are taking turns reading from a history book]
Wittering: [faintly] hypotenuse... hypotenuse... hypotenuse
John Ebony: Who's that muttering?
Wittering: Me, sir.
Lipstrob: He can't help it, sir.
Cuthbun: He says 'hypotenuse' all the time, sir.
Ankerton: He likes the word.
Aggeridge: Mr. Pelham said he was 'hypotenus-ed' by it, sir!
[general laughter]
John Ebony: Stop it! Very well, you've had ample warning. This form will kept in on Saturday afternoon from 2:30.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, when the names of actors playing the schoolboys appear they are listed in alphabetical order according to the character's surname. This is so as to resemble the class's register. The character of 'Zigo' appears at the very end but as he never appears in the film, instead of an actor being credited, it merely says "Zigo....Absent". See more »

Connections

Version of Theatre 625: Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1965) See more »

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Angel Voices Ever Singing
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Music by Edwin Monk
Words by Francis Pott
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Entertaining, although not very ambitious or distinctive
13 October 1999 | by allyjackSee all my reviews

It's a very peculiar movie, which perhaps could only have been fully explained in semi-supernatural terms, although it never takes that step. The later sequences where murder seems entirely possible (particularly as they terrorize Seymour) are very unsettling. The movie is also a pretty effective exploding of the public school upper-crust ethos, depicting the boys as determined to get good university scholarships (perceived by them as the next thing to a divine right) while doing as little work as possible. That aside, it's not very ambitious or enormously distinctive - the portrayal of the school beyond the class itself is pretty vague and Hemmings' specific strategy - focusing on finding the ringleader - is fairly indistinctly plotted. Leonard Maltin's review refers to the actual killer's identity being revealed after closing credits but that wasn't the case in the print seen here (quite a let down, actually). The movie should surely have reached further into metaphor or broader meaning or SOMETHING. But even so, it kept me watching until 3.15 am one morning.


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