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Ill Met by Moonlight (film)

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Genre  Action, Adventure, Drama
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Music director  Mikis Theodorakis
Country  United Kingdom
Ill Met by Moonlight (film) movie poster
Director  Michael Powell Emeric Pressburger
Release date  4 March 1957 (UK) 24 April 1958 (NYC) July 1958 (US)
Writer  W. Stanley Moss (adapted from the book: "Ill Met By Moonlight" The Wartime Diary in Crete of), Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Directors  Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay  Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast  Dirk Bogarde (Maj. Patrick Leigh Fermor), Marius Goring (Major General Kreipe), David Oxley (Captain W. Stanley Moss, M.C.), Dimitri Andreas (Niko Soldan Emeris), Cyril Cusack (Captain Sandy Rendel), Laurence Payne (Manoli)
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Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), also known as Night Ambush, is a film by the British writer-director-producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the last movie they made together through their production company, "The Archers". The film, which stars Dirk Bogarde and features Marius Goring, David Oxley, and Cyril Cusack, is based on the 1950 book Ill Met by Moonlight: The Abduction of General Kreipe by W. Stanley Moss, which is an account of events during the author's service on Crete during World War II as an agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The title is a quotation from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the book features the young agents' capture and evacuation of the German general Heinrich Kreipe.


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During World War II, the Greek Mediterranean island of Crete was occupied by the Nazis. British officers Major Patrick Leigh Fermor DSO (Dirk Bogarde) and Captain Bill Stanley Moss MC (David Oxley) of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) land on the island. With the help of the local Cretan resistance in April 1944, they kidnap General Kreipe (Marius Goring), the commander of the island. They take Kreipe across rough country to a secluded cove on the far side of the island, where they are picked up and taken to Cairo, the Middle East headquarters of British forces.


  • Dirk Bogarde as Major Patrick "Paddy" Leigh Fermor aka "Philedem"
  • Marius Goring as Major General Heinrich Kreipe
  • David Oxley as Captain W. Stanley "Billy" Moss, M.C.
  • Dimitri Andreas as Niko Soldan Emeris
  • Cyril Cusack as Captain Sandy Rendel
  • Laurence Payne as Manoli
  • Wolfe Morris as George
  • Michael Gough as Andoni Zoidakis
  • John Cairney as Elias
  • Rowland Bartrop as Micky Akoumianakis
  • Brian Worth as Stratis Saviolkis
  • Paul Stassino as Yanni Katsias
  • Adeeb Assaly as Zahari
  • Cast notes:

  • Marius Goring had appeared in three other Powell and Pressburger films: The Spy in Black (1939), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and The Red Shoes (1948). Goring replaced Curt Jürgens, who was the original choice to play the part of General Kreipe.
  • Christopher Lee and David McCallum have small parts: Lee as a German officer in the dentist scene, and McCallum, in his film debut, as a sailor on the ship that picks up the group. Lee's part was edited out of the 1959 American re-release of the film. A "John Houseman" in the cast does not appear to be the well-known actor and director John Houseman.
  • Production

    Ill Met By Moonlight was filmed at Pinewood Studios in England, with location shooting in the Alpes-Maritimes in France and Italy, and on the Côte d'Azur in France.

    Box office

    The film was the seventh most popular movie at the British box office in 1957.

    In popular culture

    The story was affectionately parodied by Spike Milligan in the 1957 Goon Show episode, "Ill Met by Goonlight".


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