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Released: 2005-04-05

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The Moon-Spinners (Walt Disney Film Classics: The Hayley Mills Collection) by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

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James Neilson
Walt Disney Studios
G (General Audience)

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Hayley Mills was well on her way to adulthood when she found intrigue and chaste romance on the island of Crete in this 1964 Disney attempt at Hitchcock in one of his lighter moods. That means the principals do wind up in a hearse trapped on a narrow street by celebratory but ominous masked paraders. And that seemingly good guys can and do turn out to be bad guys and vice versa. But it's Disney and Mills, so there are no deaths in this mystery, although gunplay and some scariness do earn it a PG rating. Based on the Mary Stewart novel of the same name, this 118-minute film finds Mills and her aunt visiting a Cretan village on holiday. In the face of hostility from their innkeeper's brother (Eli Wallach), the pair befriend a fellow Brit. The young man's escapades with jewel thief Wallach draw a beguiled Mills into a sometimes perilous adventure involving a harrowing ride upon the sails of a windmill, hiding out in an underground crypt, and a showdown with a cheetah-loving millionairess (the scene-stealing Pola Negri) aboard her yacht. Probably a little too sophisticated for those under 8. –Kimberly Heinrichs


  • Hayley Mills
  • Eli Wallach
  • Pola Negri
  • Peter McEnery
  • Joan Greenwood


  • Closed-captioned
  • Color
  • DVD-Video
  • Full Screen
  • NTSC

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