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The Devils (1971)

X  |   |  Drama, History  |  16 July 1971 (USA)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

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Dudley Sutton ...
Baron De Laubardemont
Max Adrian ...
Ibert
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Madeleine
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Mignon
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Father Barre
Georgina Hale ...
Philippe
Brian Murphy ...
Adam
Christopher Logue ...
Graham Armitage ...
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Trincant
Andrew Faulds ...
Rangier
Kenneth Colley ...
Legrand
Judith Paris ...
Sister Judith
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Storyline

Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial. Written by Niz

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Also Known As:

The Devils of Loudun  »

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SEK 1,200,949 (Sweden)
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Derek Jarman's sets are modeled on the sets of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927). Ken Russell wanted to avoid the clichéd look of period films and insisted on anachronistic, even futuristic, design. Russell's guidance to Jarman was that it should echo the 'rape in a public toilet' line from the Huxley novel that inspired the film. See more »

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Judith Paris's character is referred to as Sister Agnes in the film but listed as Sister Judith in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Louis XIII: Reverend Father, I notice that you don't speak to these creatures in Latin as is usual. Why is that?
Barre: They're not conversant with the language. You'll understand, sire, there are uneducated as well as educated devils.
Jeanne: [in a growling voice as she crawls like a crab] I haven't travelled much.
Louis XIII: Quite.
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One of the top ten films of the Seventies
21 December 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This film never got the credit it deserved. It's both a savage socio-political critique in the vein of Millers "The Crucible" and a crazed excerise in Grand Guignol. Only Russell could have pulled this one out. Also features Oliver Reed in one his greatest roles. Father Grandier was Reeds Maximus.


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