The Innocents

Synopsis: In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Jack Clayton
Production: Fox
  Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
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100 min

[ Child ]

# We lay, my love and I #

#Beneath the weeping willow #

#But now alone I lie #

#And weep beside the tree #

#Singing "O Willow Waly''#

#By the tree

that weeps with me #

#Singing "O Willow Waly''#

# Till my lover returns to me #

# We lay, my love and I #

#Beneath the weeping willow #

#But now alone I lie #

# O willow, I die #

# O willow, I die ##

[ Birds Chirping ]

[ Birds Continue Chirping ]

[ Quiet Sobbing, Sniffling ]

[ Sobbing Continues ]

[ Birds Continue Chirping ]

[ Woman Whispering ]

All I want to do is save the children...

not destroy them.

More than anything,

I love children.

More than anything.

[ Whimpering ]

They need affection...


someone who will

belong to them...

and to whom they will belong.

[ Man ] Miss Giddens,

may I ask you a somewhat personal question?

Do you have an imagination?


[ Chuckles ]

Oh, yes,

I can answer that.

- Yes.

- Good.

Truth is very seldom understood

by any but imaginative persons...

and I want to be quite truthful.

I'm a bachelor...

but not, I might add,

a lonely one.

I spend a great deal

of time abroad.

And as for my London life,

well, it amuses me...

but it's not the sort of amusement

that one could suitably share with children.

In brief, Miss Giddens...

I am a very selfish fellow...

and the last man alive to be saddled

so suddenly and so awkwardly...

with two orphaned infants.

[ Inhales, Sighs ]

It's most unfortunate...

for I have no room for them,

neither mentally nor emotionally.

Does that seem quite heartless?

Honest, but not heartless.

Then the children

do not live with you?

No. They are at

my country estate in Bly.

A rather large,

rather lonely place.

Still, I'm sure you'll agree,

the country seems the proper thing for children.

I see from your letter that you are,

yourself, the daughter of a country parson...

and, um-

oh, yes, here it is-

"More than anything,

I love children.''

- Yes.

- How remarkable.

For several years now...

little Miles and Flora-

Charming names,

don't you think-

have had only me.

Well, poor brats,

they need more than a distant uncle.

Well, of course they need

more than a governess.

They need affection and love...

and someone to whom they can belong

and who will belong to them.

You, Miss Giddens.

I feel that you are that person.

Sir, you-

you do realize that this

would be my first position.

What does that signify...

if I trust you,

if you trust me?

You see, Miss Giddens,

the person whom I engage...

must solemnly promise

to accept full and complete responsibility.

She must never trouble me.

Never. Never.

Neither complain

nor appeal nor write.

Simply take

the whole thing over and...

leave me alone.

What do you say, Miss Giddens?

The children, uh-

- Have they had a governess before?

- Unfortunately.

Not that there was anything wrong

with Miss Jessel.

She was an excellent governess

and a most respectable woman.

The children quite liked her,

especially little Flora.

Oh, which reminds me, be careful

not to broach that subject to Flora.

She was so fond

of Miss Jessel, and...

it did come

as an appalling shock.

- I'm not certain that I understand you, sir.

- [ Clock Chiming ]

She died.

Yes,just when I thought

I'd got the whole situation settled...

and everything

running smoothly...

the confounded woman died.

It was all very odd.

I was in Calcutta

when it happened...

and have only now been able

to seek a replacement.

Meantime, my nephew had

to be sent off to school...

and the little girl, Flora, is being

chaperoned by my housekeeper...

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William Archibald

See also William Archibald (disambiguation) for other people with similar names.William Oliver Archibald (3 June 1850 – 28 June 1926) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the South Australian House of Assembly from 1893 to 1910, representing Port Adelaide, and a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1910 to 1919, representing Hindmarsh. Archibald was a Labor member until resigning in the 1916 Labor split; he subsequently served as a Nationalist until his defeat at the 1919 federal election. more…

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