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Repulsion -- Roman Polanski's chilling psychological thriller stars Catherine Deneuve as a repressed beautician who spirals into homicidal madness.


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Release Date:
3 October 1965 (USA) See more »
"A classic chiller of the 'Psycho' school!" See more »
Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a young beauty finds herself besieged on all sides by the demons of her past. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Roman Polanski 
Writing credits
Roman Polanski (original screenplay) &
Gérard Brach (original screenplay) (as Gerard Brach)

David Stone (adaptation & additional dialogue)

Produced by
Gene Gutowski .... producer
Robert Sterne .... associate producer
Sam Waynberg .... associate producer
Michael Klinger .... executive producer (uncredited)
Tony Tenser .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Chico Hamilton (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alastair McIntyre 
Art Direction by
Seamus Flannery 
Makeup Department
Gladys Leakey .... hairdresser
Tom Smith .... make-up
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alf Pegley .... props
Frank Willson .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
Leslie Hammond .... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Tom Priestley .... sound editor
Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hall .... camera operator
Stanley A. Long .... camera operator (uncredited)
Laurie Turner .... stills (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Karen Heward .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chico Hamilton .... music conducted by
Gábor Szabó .... orchestrator (as Gabor Szabo)
Chico Hamilton .... musician: drums (uncredited)
John Scott .... musician: tenor sax/flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Terry Glinwood .... production controller
Michael Klinger .... presenter
Tony Tenser .... presenter
Dee Vaughan .... continuity
Maurice Binder .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1993) (uncut) | Finland:K-18 (1965) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1965) (uncut) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T (DVD rating) | Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) | Netherlands:18 (1966) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:18 (video rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (DVD) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (2004) | UK:18 (video rating) (1985) (1990) (2003) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18

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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Near the beginning of the film, when Carol has gone out to lunch from work and is walking on the street past the Saloon Bar, the shadow of the camera can be seen on her blouse.See more »
Carole Ledoux:I must get this crack mended.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Strangers (2008)See more »


What is 'Repulsion' about?
Where in the movie does it say that Michael is married?
What caused Carole to become so repulsed by men's sexual advances that she sinks into madness?
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Utterly Amazed....!!!!, 29 January 2010
Author: mywebspace from United Kingdom

This is only my second comment on a film on here as normally just read others but i had to leave a short comment on this film. I consider myself pretty scare proof as I'm a massive fan of psychological horror but i just caught Repulsion on TV tonight at 1.40am alone, in the dark. As i write its now 6am as all i can think about is this film.

I have never been affected by a film as much this before. Whilst some may consider the first part rather slow i found its a wonderful set-up for what follows. I wont review it as many others already have but all i wanted to say is that this film truly haunted me, genuinely made me jump and kept me tense as hell!.....i cant put it into words

The cinematography is amazing, much better than anything current. The lead actress is astonishing to say the least and unlike other films, this film is truly disturbing. I advise watching alone, in total peace, in the dark.

I can see where lynch got many of his ideas but this is far superior.The last shot is pure genius and very unsettling.

I can honestly say this is now my favourite film of all time.

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