Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), newly-arrived in London, goes to pick up her daughter, Bunny, from school, but no one there seems to know the girl. Her peculiar brother (Keir Dullea) enlists the aid of a police superintendent (Laurence Olivier), who soon doubts Ann's sanity and Bunny's existence.
Otto Preminger directed this and Olivier starred in it, and it's still a total bomb. The problem lies in the script, which is full of plot holes, and the direction, which is just lacking in every way. All of the characters are one-dimensional; Olivier's superintendent is so bland and underwhelming (as well as mostly ineffectual) that he just takes up space on the screen. Dullea shows no range or subtlety; his one expression - spaced-out nutcase - is over the top and leaves no room for doubt as to the ending. Noel Coward appears as a slimy, drunk landlord who is repulsive instead of witty. The biggest shortcoming is casting Carol Lynley as the lead; she's anemic, wimpy, unconvincing, and unsympathetic. (Jane Fonda was considered for the part and would have been a stronger choice.)
It's too overwrought and poorly-acted to be truly suspenseful and it commits the ultimate cinema sin: It's boring. (The same is-the-daughter-real plot was done more successfully in Jodie Foster's film, "Flightplan.")
"Do you know what this is?" asks the cook at the Little People's Garden School as she ladles a thick white liquid into bowl after bowl. "Why, it looks like junket," says Ann Lake, who arrived minutes before to deliver her little girl, Bunny, to the nursery school. "It not only looks like junket, it is junket...junket is junket. And no matter what you do with it, it still tastes like swill and swallows like … more
Pros: creepy, suspenseful, memorable characters, gorgeously filmed Cons: NONE! Now it's out on DVD!! The Bottom Line: The bottom line is missing. But did it ever exist? Oh yeah, BLIM is my favorite movie ever. If aliens arrived on Earth and wanted to understand the meaning of the word "creepy," I'd show them Bunny Lake is Missing. I'm just not sure where I'd find it. Tragically, Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological thriller … more
This classic psychological thriller from Otto Preminger (BONJOUR TRISTESSE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM) stars Carol Lynley as Ann Lake, a single mom who has just moved to London with her young daughter, Bunny. When she arrives to pick Bunny up from nursery school, she finds that her daughter has vanished without a trace. All record of her daughter's existence has been erased, and the police are soon convinced that Bunny was a figment of her mother's feminine imagination. Ann's brother corroborates this hypothesis, and soon the frantic mother is left to her own devices in the search for a daughter in whose existence only she believes. Laurence Olivier turns in a stellar performance as the police chief, and the supporting cast includes Noel Coward (THE ITALIAN JOB) and Keir Dullea (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY). Moodily atmospheric in black and white, a surreal pitch is achieved in the film's depiction of the dark underbelly of London and the eccentric characters who populate it.