The Bad Seed (movie)

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The Bad Seed is a 1956 American horror movie. It has elements of film noir. This movie is based on the 1954 play of the same name.

Plot[change | change source]

On her piano, eight year old Rhoda Penmark (played by Patty McCormack) plays the French song "Au clair de la lune" while her father says his good-byes and goes on military duty. Rhoda is under the care of her mother Christine (Nancy Kelly).

Rhoda begins as a well-behaved child. As the movie goes on, she becomes evil and sinister. She commits murder, steals and sets fires.

A lightning bolt during a rainstorm kills Rhoda instantly.

Cast[change | change source]

Reception[change | change source]

This was one of Warner Bros. biggest movies of the year. It took in $4.1 million in the American box office.[1] It was also popular in the British box office.

The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Cinematography.[2]

Remakes[change | change source]

The Bad Seed was remade for television in 1985.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Bad Seed". The Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved Jan 23, 2016.
  2. "The Bad Seed". Academy Awards. Retrieved Jan 23, 2016.

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