Moonfleet
Moonfleet (1955)

In this British period piece, young Jon Whitely learns that he is to inherit a valuable diamond. Hoping to get his own hands on the gem, Whitely's greedy guardian Stewart Granger packs the boy off to boarding school, but he returns to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 22, 1992
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

The plot turns upon a lost diamond of great price, but mostly the film is a string of lively, unrelated escapades.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

But, golly, that screen play by Jan Lustig and Margaret Fitts is a thoroughly boneless thing -- a hodgepodge of odd and sprawling incidents without dramatic continuity or sense!

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It is not an entirely successful picture (though definitely far from dismissible), and Lang can be faulted mainly for his growing need to please himself rather than the public -- an attitude not subscribed to in most of his earlier works.

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Variety Staff
Variety

With mood and action the keynote of the John Houseman production, the direction by Fritz Lang plays both hard, developing considerable movement in several rugged action sequences without neglecting suspense.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A suggestive, subjective account of an orphan boy's apprenticeship to a dashing smuggler.

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Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema

Moonfleet is definitely one of the most visually striking films of Lang's American career, and more satisfying than a number of other more characteristic entries in his filmography.

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Steve Jenkins
Time Out

A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is a solid piece of good old-fashioned escapism.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Complex, haunting adventure story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Fritz Lang's Moonfleet is beautifully shot and unnervingly eerie. The townsfolk's wretched faces, the piecing eyes of the graveside statue and the… More
Stella Dallas
much better than i was led to believe, certainly superior to hitchcock's 'jamaica inn' which i've never managed to finish