The Night of the Following Day (1969)


“You know, some day, somebody is gonna invent a comfortable gun. ” – Leer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young heiress is kidnapped by two men after arriving in a French airport.

My Take on it – I became interested in seeing this film when I read that Stanley Kubrick tries to make it in the 50’s yet was denied the ability to do so due to film laws at the time (see Trivia section below)

The idea happens to be quite an interesting one yet it isn’t as successful as one would hope that it could be.

I liked the way that each of the kidnappers were very different in their approach to their prisoner and this allows for many unexpected clashes between each of them.

The story itself moves a bit too slowly, but that is made up for by the way that we are presented with a very ambiguous way that it all comes to a head.

Marlon Brando and Richard Boone both do fine jobs as the two main kidnappers and they are both able to get across their emotions by not even needing to say anything because their gestures and facial expressions say enough all by themselves.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work as well as it might have. The way the trio of kidnappers all act differently towards their “prisoner” is done well because it allows us to foresee that they will constantly clash on how to handle each situation as they arrive.  Some of the story moves along quite slowly but is all slightly uplifted by the very ambiguous way that it all comes to a head. Brando and Boone are both quite good here in their respective parts.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stanley Kubrick was originally interested in adapting Lionel White’s “The Snatchers,” upon which this movie was based. However, due to a ban on the subject of kidnapping in the 1950s, Kubrick opted to do The Killing (1956), which was also based upon a Lionel White story. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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