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Bunny Lake is Missing (Sous-titres français)

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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt, Anna Massey
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Writers: Ira Levin, John Mortimer, Marryam Modell, Penelope Mortimer
  • Producers: Otto Preminger, Martin C. Schute
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006J27XS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,459 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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When Ann Lake (Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure) goes to pick up four-year-old Bunny at her newpreschool in London, she's told that no child by that name is enrolled there! Superintendent Newhouse (Lawrence Olivier, Hamlet, Academy Award(r) Best Actor of 1948,The Boys From Brazil) of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case. His suspects include: Steven Lake (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey), the child's protective uncle; Horatio Wilson (Noel Coward, The Italian Job, 1969), the Lake's decadent landlord; and Aida Ford (Martita Hunt, Anastasia), the school's eccentric ex-headmistress, but he soon learns that no one has actually seen the child and there is absolutely no proof that Bunny ever existed! Ann maintains the child's been kidnapped, but Newhouse begins to suspect that the hysterical young woman may just be insane.

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Bunny Lake is a young girl whose parents move into a new city, and her mother brings her to a new school on her first day of school. When she returns to pick Bunny up no seems to have seen her, and the police are brought in top investigate. As time goes by the lead detective begins to think that the child never existed which leads to a thrilling climax in the end.
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As good as i remember
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Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), newly-arrived in London, goes to pick up her daughter, Bunny, from school, but no one there seems to know the girl. Her peculiar brother (Keir Dullea) enlists the aid of a police superintendent (Laurence Olivier), who soon doubts Ann's sanity and Bunny's existence.

Otto Preminger directed this and Olivier starred in it, and it's still a total bomb. The problem lies in the script, which is full of plot holes, and the direction, which is just lacking in every way. All of the characters are one-dimensional; Olivier's superintendent is so bland and underwhelming (as well as mostly ineffectual) that he just takes up space on the screen. Dullea shows no range or subtlety; his one expression - spaced-out nutcase - is over the top and leaves no room for doubt as to the ending. Noel Coward appears as a slimy, drunk,
landlord who is repulsive instead of witty. The biggest shortcoming is casting Carol Lynley as the lead; she's anemic, wimpy, unconvincing, and unsympathetic. (Jane Fonda was considered for the part and would have been a stronger choice.)

It's too overwrought and poorly-acted to be truly suspenseful and it commits the ultimate cinema sin: It's boring. (The same is-the-daughter-real plot was done more successfully in Jodie Foster's film, "Flightplan.")
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HASH(0x9f5495a0) out of 5 stars Intriguing psychological thriller Jan. 27 2005
By Steven Sprague - Published on Amazon.com
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Who is Bunny Lake and has she really gone missing? Perhaps the only thing missing is a bit of sanity! Without any visual evidence whatsoever, we are led to believe that Ann Lake(Lynley), a young single mother just arrived in London from America, has dropped her 4-year-old daughter Bunny off at a private school, leaving her under the supervision of the school cook. After meeting a couple of movers at her new flat, she returns to pick up her daughter to find that the child has gone missing, but no one, including us, can recall ever seeing the child. At this point, her overbearing brother Stephen(Dullea) literally bulldozes his way through the school delivering accusatory blows against the staff under the auspices of looking for answers. The police are brought in and an investigation ensues under detective Newhouse(Olivier) but instead of answers, only more questions surface: Is Stephen's "in your face" overprotection a facade or diversion? Does it have something to do with Ann having had an imaginary playmate called "bunny" as a child? Director Preminger presents us with a bizarre cast of characters all suspicious and therefore suspect: Wilson the nice-old-man/sadomasochist; Ada Ford the philosophical and sinister co-founder of the school; and of course the two principles, shell-shocked Ann and hypertense Stephen. Laurence Olivier delivers a subtle but calculating performance as the detective, and seems to be the only sane presence for most of the film. The music is a bit too jumpy at times but remains effective. The title sequences by Saul Bass are highly inventive and brilliantly set the stage for the film to follow.
44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5495d0) out of 5 stars Campy, Creepy Cult Classic! Feb. 5 2005
By Nelson Aspen - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever since the gossips got wind that Reese Witherspoon might be doing a remake, audiences have rediscovered this shadowy, sumptuous period thriller that jettisons you back to the hip London of the mid 1960s.

Perfect casting (with the exception of one major player, whose identity might interfere with your first-time enjoyment, so I won't be a Spoiler) with La Lynley as the gamine supreme, Keir Dullea as her lookalike brother, Olivier as a charming detective and Martita Hunt & Noel Coward in amazing cameo performances.

Otto Preminger and Saul Bass bring marvelous mood to the pulp fiction novel by Evelyn Piper on which this was based.

Yes, it's dated...yes. modern audiences will find chuckles in the storyline holes, but all in all it is a marvelous movie beautifully presevered on DVD. But why, oh why, didn't Columbia get Carol Lynley to do a Commentary track!? This is her personal favorite credit and she has great stories share... If you get the chance to hear her speak on the subject, grab it!

Meanwhile, cuddle up with the popcorn and enjoy!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc0cf18) out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed Until..... June 1 2009
By Mcgivern Owen L - Published on Amazon.com
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The "Bunny" is Carol Lynley's daughter. The little girl was dropped off at her new London school one morning. When mom arrives to pick her up, she has vanished without a trace! A frantic Lynley receives no help form the stodgy school staff. Are they merely inept, truly uncaring or protecting their jobs? Something serious has obviously happened! Laurence Olivier is perfect as the polite, calm and suitably skeptical police inspector. LO maintains that mien though the film. Keir Dullea is over the top, at least early on, as Lynley's protective brother, demanding investigative action. The "exact nature" of the Dullea/Lynley relationship is never explained. The key difference is that she maintains credibility throughout while he decidedly does not. This reviewer was reminded of 2 similar cinematic situations: 1) "The Third Man" where Joseph Cotton searches postwar Vienna for his friend Harry Lime/Orson Welles while dealing with a skeptical British officer played by Trevor Howard. 2) The lesser known and highly recommended "Dangerous Crossing" where Jeanne Crain hunts about an ocean liner for hubby Carl Betz, receiving similar skepticism from the ship's crew. The problem from this viewer's perspective is that "Bunny Lake" virtually derails late in the film. Some of the final scenes are almost surreal; greatly muddling what had been a serious, solid investigative movie. Does Bunny turn up? A good review won't divulge resolutions! This reviewer thought the ultimate "resolution" was made anticlimactic by the film's late twist. Others reviewers will disagree. Nearly all should agree that BLM showcases a campy mid-60s London when the "British Invasion" was at full throttle.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f71d120) out of 5 stars BUNNY LAKE: you'll enjoy this 60's moody drama Feb. 12 2005
By Donato - Published on Amazon.com
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Having not seen this film since it came out in 1965, I was anxious to rediscover it. Turns out, my memory of it, after 40 years, had faded completely except for the fact that I did recall Noel Coward had a good cameo in it. (It's always fun to see people in films who are known primarily for something else. Watch Kay Thompson in FUNNY FACE for a top-drawer example of this!) The plot seems simple enough: Lynley's young daughter, Bunny, is missing on her first day of school in London. Is Lynley crazy? Does Bunny exist? Is Lynley's brother trying to protect her? What's going on? These questions are resolved somewhat jarringly at the end, but the ride is worthwhile. The black and white photography adds to the moodiness of the film, and check out the interesting Saul Bass titles. Then there's Keir Dullea as the brother. Ever since DAVID & LISA (one of my favorites), I've had trouble seeing him in most roles (my problem). He always looks to me like his nice features mask a very troubled mind underneath. This quality, however, serves him well in the BUNNY LAKE mystery. In fact, he reminds me (certainly not in appearance) of Willem Dafoe, an actor who probably can never effectively play a "normal" character. As for the acting in this picture, Lynley and Dullea aren't exactly Streep and Pacino, but they do okay. Some of the supporting performers, however, are just wonderful and really give the film a nice foundation. This picture is well worth the roughly one-hour-and-forty-five-minute run time. Wish there had been some extras on the DVD, but I'm happy someone even decided to put the thing on DVD in the first place.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fada258) out of 5 stars Common Sense Is Missing June 22 2005
By Vince Perrin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
You know something is not right about this American brother (Keir Dullea) and sister (Carol Lynley) when they move into a 1960s London flat together. She cries endlessly, they comfort each other too lovingly, and she sits chatting on the bathtub while he's naked in it. But give Otto Preminger his due. The director has cleverly set up the plot and character twists and turns so that just how screwed up they actually are is almost believable. Of course, having an A-list supporting cast certainly helps.

Clive Revill and top-billed Laurence Olivier are the cool detectives who investigate the sister's claim that her child is missing on its first day in school. Mind you, we nor anyone else has seen the little girl; indeed, given the couple's behavior, whether the child exists at all is doubtful. Anna Massey and the incomparable Maritita Hunt operate the school, and no less a personage than the chi-chi playwright Noel Coward shows up as a seedy busybody pervert who voiceovers for the BBC. The casting director gets a gold star for this one.

Preminger is incapable of making a dull movie. His thriller is only slightly dated and has enough suspense and narrative thrust to mitigate the red herrings and occasional overacting. The jazzy score, the widescreen black-and-white cinematography, even the evocative Saul Bass titles (oddly rendered here in small screen), are first rate. The surprise ending only makes sense if you have not been paying attention. A remake is rumored, so try to catch this first DVD transfer to see how they change it. They always do, you know.