The Queen of Spades

Synopsis: An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit.
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Thorold Dickinson
Production: HBO Video
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I'm convinced of it.

Oh, yes?

Yes, and I believe also...

that evil is a force, a mighty force

that is abroad in the world

to take possession of men's souls,

if they will allow it to.

I'm not interested in problems as good and evil.

To me they're beside the point.

Why don't you come back, German?


But, aren't you fascinated by that gypsy dancer,


Yes, I've seen her.

Don't you agree?

I've told you.

I'm not interested in that sort of woman.

Then perhaps you'll come as my guest.

You're very kind. But no, thank you.

Look here, German,

I know I have to be careful about money.

But, after all, we have been paid today.

And you needn't spend much.

I cannot afford to spend anything.

You're always too proud

to accept anything from anyone, aren't you?

Well, deuce, you're quite right.

It's senseless to go back there.

I could do with some sleep.

Good night.

Good night.

So they have paid you at last, have they?

It must be almost a year.

Ten months.

Don't you want to keep one of these things?

I've taken enough for my needs.

I've never saved a kopek in my life.

I've spent it all on food, and drink, and women.

So here I am.

Fifty-four and a wretched notary.


But I'm content. If I was to be put

under the ground tomorrow....

I wouldn't grumble.

I've got everything I want out of life.

God's been very good to me.

Everything a man could want.

Well, I haven't.

You've done very well.

You're a captain.

Yes, in engineers at my age.

Over here no one can win promotion

unless he's rich.

Or unless he has some important and powerful relatives

to use their influence on his behalf.

Exceptional men have stifled

and never had the chance to succeed.

Look at France.

Napoleon Bonaparte, he was a general at 26.

My advice to you is to be content.

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Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland (18 May 1908 in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex – 6 December 1991 in Richmond upon Thames, Surrey) was an English playwright, actor, theatre director and screenwriter. Born as Norman Ackland Bernstein in Southend, Essex, to a Jewish father from Warsaw and a non-Jewish mother, he was educated at Balham Grammar School in London. In his 16th year he made his first stage appearance at the Gate Theatre Studio, playing Medvedieff in Gorky's The Lower Depths and later studied acting at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. He married Mab Lonsdale, daughter of the playwright Frederick Lonsdale, in 1952; she died in 1972. more…

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