Twisted Nerve

Synopsis: Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality - that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Roy Boulting
Production: Boulting Brothers
118 min

Ladies and gentlemen,

in view of the controversy

already aroused,

the producers of this film

wish to re-emphasise

what is already stated in the film,

that there is no established

scientific connection

between Mongolism

and psychotic or criminal behaviour.

Right, come on, Pete-boy,

here we go...

You ready?

- Yes.

- Catch!

Very good!

Right, your turn now then.

- Ok?

- Yes.

Hello... you wanna

play with us?

- Yeah.

- Alright...

you stand over there,

I'll take you both on.


Oh, Tommy... Mummy's

got to go now.

- I'm so sorry.

- Ok.

- Come on, the bell's gone.

- Too bad, Pete.

Back soon. We'll have

another go, ok?

Take it easy, boy.

Don't do anything

I wouldn't do.


- Goodbye.

- Goodbye. Thank you.

Hello, Martin.

- Want a word?

- Yeah, thanks.

Come on in then.

Let's have some coffee, Jack.

Putting on a bit of

weight, isn't he?

Huh. Too much chocolate.

They all spoil him.

And why not?

Anything he needs?

Well you can bring some rubber

nappies next time if you like.

Thanks, Jack.

Can't have too many of those.

We never managed to get him

house-trained, for some reason.


Hasn't got much

longer, has he?

Well he's already had

longer than most, Martin.

- Should I get mother down?

- No, no...

he wouldn't know her,

not after all this time.

Only disturb her.

Wouldn't help him.

He'd miss me though,

wouldn't he?

Ahh, you're part

of a pattern.

He expects you.

Tell me, how are things

at home, Martin?


No, leave it.

It doesn't matter.

Well, better be

getting back.

Sorry about the cup.



How about you...

how are you getting on?


That's the stuff!


How does this one work?

How much is the

Moon Explorer?

Thirty-nine and

eleven, miss.

Oh lord, that's

far too much.

- I'll take one of these.

- Thank you.

Twenty-five shillings.

There's your receipt.

Here we are, miss.

Thank you.

Just a moment, you two.

- Me?

- Both of you.

Would you mind coming to

the manager's office, please.

Alright, then.

Perhaps you two would

care to explain?

Explain what?

The toys you have

in your possession.

I bought a toy...

I paid for it...

and here's the receipt.

Yes we know.

And while you kept

the assistant busy, your...

boyfriend here...

put another toy in his pocket

and didn't pay for it.


I've never seen him

before in my life!

They do know each

other, Mr Goss.

That's right. We saw the

looks they exchanged.

You know, you'll find

it much easier...

if you make a clean

breast of it.

I tell you, he's a

complete stranger!

Well don't just sit

there... tell them!


Hmm... we know

what he'll say.

Here it is, Mr Goss.

In his pocket.

Now then, young man...

before I call the police...

what have you to say?

Georgie likes ducks.

Never meant to take it.

He forgot.

Absent minded, eh?

So your name's

Georgie, is it?

And your friend here,

what's her name?

Georgie has no friends.

Georgie wants to

go home now.

I dare say he does...

but let's see what he's got

in the other pocket first.

Look, I think there's been some

kind of a mistake, don't you?

I'm sorry you've been

involved in this, miss.

If I could have your

name and address.

Yes, of course.

Susan Harper...

17, Richmond Grove.

You will let him go, won't you?

I shall have to report it, miss.

Oh, for a two and

sixpenny toy?

Surely, if I pay for it?

- Well you don't have to, miss.

- No, I'd like to, please.

- Here.

- Thank you.

It's very good of you.


This is yours, now.

So sorry, madam.

Most unfortunate.

Thank you.

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Leo Marks

Leopold Samuel "Leo" Marks, MBE (24 September 1920 – 15 January 2001) was an English cryptographer during the Second World War. He headed the codes office supporting resistance agents in occupied Europe for the secret Special Operations Executive organisation. After the war, Marks became a playwright and screenwriter, writing scripts that frequently utilised his war-time cryptographic experiences. He wrote the script for Peeping Tom, the controversial film directed by Michael Powell which had a disastrous effect on Powell's career, but has subsequently been described by Martin Scorsese as a masterpiece. In 1998, towards the end of his life, Marks published a personal history of his experiences during the war, Between Silk and Cyanide, which was critical of the leadership of SOE. more…

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