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Original Title :
The Dark Angel
Genre :
TV Series / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Cast :
Jane Lapotaire,Beatie Edney,Guy Rolfe
Type :
TV Series
Time :
2h 28min
Rating :
The Dark Angel Online

Maud Ruthyn, a lovely and sensitive girl, is sent to stay with her Uncle Silas Ruthyn, a charismatic rogue who stands to inherit the family fortune... should anything untoward happen to young Maud. With the tyrannical Madame De La Rougierre as her governess, Maud finds that the estate holds terrors beyond her imaginings.
Series cast summary:
Jane Lapotaire Jane Lapotaire - Madame de la Rougierre 3 episodes, 1989
Beatie Edney Beatie Edney - Maud Ruthyn 3 episodes, 1989
Guy Rolfe Guy Rolfe - Dr. Bryerly 3 episodes, 1989
Barbara Shelley Barbara Shelley - Cousin Monica 3 episodes, 1989
Tim Woodward Tim Woodward - Dudley Ruthyn 3 episodes, 1989
Norma Shebbeare Norma Shebbeare - Mary Quince 3 episodes, 1989
Peter O'Toole Peter O'Toole - Uncle Silas Ruthyn 2 episodes, 1989
Simon Shepherd Simon Shepherd - Captain Oakley 2 episodes, 1989
John Baker John Baker - Old Giles 2 episodes, 1989
Marcus Gilbert Marcus Gilbert - Lord Carysbroke 2 episodes, 1989
Patti Love Patti Love - Peg Hawkes 2 episodes, 1989
Conrad Phillips Conrad Phillips - Dickon Hawkes 2 episodes, 1989
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta - Lucy Wyatt 2 episodes, 1989

Last film of Conrad Phillips.

Guy Rolfe, who appears here as the elderly doctor, had, over forty years previously, also played a role (as Sepulchre Hawkes) in the 1947 film version - one of his earliest notable film roles.

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Uncle Silas, known in the United States as The Dark Angel, is based on the classic early horror novel named Uncle Silas. There have been several versions of this story, but I think this one is the definitive presentation.

Peter O'Toole is in his glory here, being, by turns, charming, mysterious, unnerving and terrifying.

The production values in this made-for-TV adaption are VERY high. It was part of The Masterpiece Theater Series on PBS.

The story is disturbing and not all the questions raised are answered, leaving room for audience participation and a difference of opinion as to whether Uncle Siles was mad or possessed by a diabolic force.

The entire cast is splendid. NOT for the timid. There are some horrifying scenes in this one. Watch it for the magnificent, if slightly over-the-top performance of O'Toole.


The novel Uncle Silas is one of, if not THE oldest known horror stories where people ARE monsters and don't have to be invented.

Peter O'Toole is by turns, charming, corrupt, repulsive and terrifying! He is also brilliant in this role and seems to take great pleasure in BEING Uncle Silas.

The film, for TV, has high production standards and a marvelous cast. It is full of wonderful touches of the fantastic, while being firmly grounded in the early Victorian era. The houses are cluttered with all sorts of interesting bricka-brac and then there is the painting of Uncle Silas as The Dark Angel.

In fact, here in The United States the film is called The Dark Angel and there is some confusion when trying to purchase the film on VHS.

There are parts of this film that are very difficult to watch. The tension and the suspense build up to a fine pitch and terror is in every corner.

Is Uncle Siles simply mad or is there something more sinister effecting his reason?

Is there anyone that Maude can really trust? Who is the strange young man who threatens her and what are his motives?

See Uncle Silas, or in the U.S., The Dark Angel and find out. See this fine film for the bravura performance of Peter O'Toole. You will spend days asking yourself questions and have to watch the film more than once to find satisfactory answers.


"The Dark Angel" is one of those rare films that perfectly captures the powerful moods of the novel that bore it. Director Peter Hammond has done a truly marvellous job of capturing the brooding suspense of Lefanu's "Uncle Silas." The complexity of the scenes and the symbolism, the backdrop of compelling sets and scenery, and the wonderful performances by the well chosen cast combine to make this a film that must be watched several times to be appreciated.

This movie is the archetype of Gothic Victoriana. Maud Ruthyn is a young heiress who has grown up cloistered by immense wealth and isolation. Her loving but distant father has instilled in her a sense of virtue and devotion to family. Upon his death, she is faced with the decision of living under the guardianship of her mysterious Uncle Silas, the recipient of her fortune should an accident befall her, and whose reputation as cad, reprobate, gaming man, and perhaps something more is well known. Now aged and ill, he has claimed to lead a blameless life of virtue and piety. Convinced that she must protect the family virtue by proving her faith (and her father's) in a man society has scorned, Maud comes to live at Silas' decaying mansion-- where a host of undesirable figures seem to be lurking around ever corner, and where Maud finds herself increasingly isolated and imprisoned. The web of her prison is spun so gently that she does not suspect it-- until it is too late to escape.

The movie is a feast for the eyes. The characters can be one-dimensional at times, but as such remain true to the novel. Peter O'Toole is the appropriate mix of charming and creepy, and Jane Lapotaire delivers a delightfully chilling performance as Maud's sadistic governess. The movie plays out as if a haunting Victorian psychological thriller is laid out on screen right before your eyes, and some might say that the film drags a bit. I think it is well worth it's length. The underlying plans of Uncle Silas, and how they play and replay as they lead up to the dramatic climax, are subtle enough to grip you without direct awareness. The novel's portrayal of desperation is great, and Maud's patriarchal entrapment-- what she feels she must do to obey, and what is demanded of her by society-- is subdued but powerful. This is truly great work of television drama.


I do wish there was not so much confusion about the name of this made-for-TV film. On the index of Peter O'Toole films Uncle Silas is listed before The Dark Angel. I believe the confusion rests in the fact that in Great Britain, the original title of the novel: Uncle Silas, is used, while here in the United State, the title has been changed to: The Dark Angel. That title refers to the mysterious oil portrait of Uncle Silas AS The Dark Angel. A portrait that the heroine, Maude, has been fascinated with for years.

The portrait shows a young and handsome Uncle Silas. When the story opens, Maude has not seen her Uncle since she was a small child.

Others have skillfully outlined the basic story, so I won't cover old ground.

To me, the film succeeds because of the brilliant staging and the great use of the outdoors. Maude is a captive not just inside Silas' mansion, but also in the garden.

The air is heavy with unspoken threat and danger is lurking behind every bush.

The director of The Dark Angel, Peter Hammond, did a masterful job of keeping the story rolling along and all his characters exactly at the correct emotional pitch in every scene.

He also leaves many questions unanswered so you can mull over this marvelous Gothic tale long after you have seen it.

I understand from friends that The Dark Angel is still available for purchase over the internet, but it is NO Longer Available for purchase thorough SunCoast or other retail dealers. If you can find it, watch it. The Dark Angel aka Uncle Silas who is, as we all know, really Peter O'Toole, will terrify and astound you.


I first saw this film on Mystery! in the early nineties while in college. The downright creepy tone of the movie is set from the beginning and continues through the end. That's probably what made me like it so much. You meet Maud and know that she is sheltered and innocent. You sense something sinister between her father and his estranged brother. When the father dies and Maud moves in with Uncle Silas (played by Peter O'Toole) everything seems normal enough for a while. However between the crumbling house Silas lives in, his weird children, the pills and wine he depends on, and the disturbing way he plays the helpless invalid, you soon can feel that something really bad is going to happen. The slow way in which things go downhill for Maud draws you in. I particularly liked the way the director used windows in the film.

A strung out looking O'Toole was perfect for the part of Uncle Silas.

The only negative thing was that the scenes changed so abruptly in several instances that I felt like I was watching an edited version.


It has mystery and suspense. It is heavy on eerie atmosphere throughout the movie which really sets the mood for the story. It has light romance which is not overblown. Peter O'toole makes a wonderful,wicked uncle. He is the only actor who could have played this role because he is very wicked yet unbelieveably charming.


If you're a fan of Gothic fiction or Peter O'Toole, this is a perfect movie. My only disappointment was that O'Toole didn't get enough screen time, and the first episode is just a build-up to introduce his character. His commanding figure is impressive as always and he will keep you guessing as the strangely seductive and intriguing "Uncle Silas".

The few scenes Peter O'Toole and Beatie Edney share are sizzling and I wish they explored that relationship more – there was enormous potential to it, but I guess they wanted to play it "safe", or probably intended to remain faithful to the novel (I wouldn't know, I haven't read it).

All in all, "Dark Angel" is very enjoyable; you simply can't go wrong with Peter O'Toole.


I look at this movie more as a drama than a horror movie because I did not see a whole lot of scariness in this movie but I did love the acting all except the kissing of Maude and her uncle Sylas....gross, I'd rather kiss snails than kiss his lips. That part of the movie made me sick. But I loved the acting of the evil governess. It made me think of the movie "Flowers in the Attic" of the character of the evil grandmother. But I never figured out just what was wrong with her uncle. Why we went into bouts of insanity and then all the sudden calm down and look at everyone as if they were mad. It made me feel for the characters because each one played their part excellent. The ending of the movie was a big let down though. I did not expect this movie to end that way. But it is a good movie if you like Gothic movies. I even see some ideas taken from "Dracula" in this movie.