The Night Digger (The Road Builder) (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night Digger (The Road Builder) (1971)

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Adapted by Roald Dahl from a novel by Joy Crowley, The Road Builder is better known by its American release title: The Night Digger. Patricia Neal, then Mrs. Dahl, stars as the repressed middle-aged adopted daughter of blind and elderly Pamela Brown. Both women are drawn to Nicholas Clay, a seriously disturbed young handyman whom they shield from the authorities. Neal and Brown are particularly fascinated by Clay's mysterious nocturnal forays. When Neal decides to offer herself sexually to Clay, she learns to her horror just why Clay spends so much time outdoors at night. An eerie Bernard Herrmann score enhances the stomach-churning tension. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Patricia Neal
as Maura Prince
Pamela Brown
as Mrs. Prince
Nicholas Clay
as Billy Jarvis
Bruce Myles
as Bank Clerk
Jean Anderson
as Mrs. McMurtrey
Graham Crowden
as Mr. Bolton
Sebastian Breaks
as Dr. Robinson
Brigit Forsyth
as District Nurse
Yootha Joyce
as Mrs. Palafox
Peter Sallis
as Rev. Palafox
Diana Patrick
as Mary Wingate
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I only felt the more miserable for seeing it.

January 24, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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