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Die Screaming Marianne
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Murray Smith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 August 1971 (UK) See more »
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death bars the gate to her 21st birthday
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After their parents divorce, one daughter lives with her mother in England while the other lives with her father in Portugal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Mediocre horror tryout for Pete Walker… See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Susan George ... Marianne Evans
Barry Evans ... Eli Frome
Christopher Sandford ... Sebastian Smith
Judy Huxtable ... Hildegard

Leo Genn ... The Judge
Kenneth Hendel ... Rodriguez
Paul Stassino ... Portuguese Police Detective
Alan Curtis ... Sloopy's Manager
Anthony Sharp ... Registrar
Jon Laurimore ... British Police Detective - Dark Hair (as John Laurimore)
Martin Wyldeck ... British Police Detective - Grey Hair
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Directed by
Pete Walker 
 
Writing credits
Murray Smith (screenplay)

Produced by
Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril Ornadel 
 
Cinematography by
Norman G. Langley (photographed by) (as Norman Langley)
 
Film Editing by
Tristam Cones 
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup supervisor (as Charles Parker)
 
Production Management
Robert Fennell .... unit manager (as Bob Fennell)
Doreen Merriman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Lawrence .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Matt McCarthy .... dialogue editor
Peter O'Connor .... sound recordist
Simon Okin .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Davis .... gaffer
Tony Mander .... camera operator
Tim Ross .... follow focus
Peter Taylor .... follow focus
 
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Peter Bond .... assistant editor
 
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Cyril Ornadel .... music conductor
 
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Norman Lambert .... location manager
 

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98 min | USA:84 min (cut version)
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Iceland:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2005)

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The film's on-screen copyright date is 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Marianne is in the bath, close-ups show her dry but wearing a white bra top, whereas the long shots show her breasts covered in bubbles, through which the white top can be seen.See more »
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References The Lawyer (1970)See more »
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MarianneSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre horror tryout for Pete Walker…, 27 January 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I'm a great admirer of director Pete Walker and I personally feel that most of his horror films unquestionably belong to the absolute best independent British productions ever made! Titles like "Frightmare", "Schizo" and "House of Whipcord" are downright GREAT genre films with genuinely shocking plot-twists and an almost natural aversion to political correctness. Back in 1971, Walker made his very first attempt to do horror with "Die Screaming Marianne" and, to my own regret; it wasn't a very good one. The story largely feels like a failed crossover between a crime-thriller and the Italian giallo (which was also hugely popular in that era) and it's still too similar to the silly & light-headed sex comedies that Walker used to make previously, like "School for Sex" or "The Four Dimensions of Greta". The ravishing star Susan George plays the headstrong girl Marianne who flees from her parental mansion in Portugal and hooks up with a duo of typically British friends. Her infamous father (a former corrupt judge) and her wicked stepsister need her back in Portugal urgently because Marianne will soon turn 21 years old, and then she has access to her deceased mother's fortune as well as the dirty family secrets. This is a very basic description of the film's story and there are loads of unimportant sub plots and incomprehensible twists that aren't really worth mentioning. The screenplay is stunningly incoherent and abruptly jumps from one sequence to another without even trying to make sense. New characters are introduced swiftly and they travel back and forth between Portugal and London like it's an ordinary day trip. And yet, despite all its flaws, "Die Screaming Marianne" surely has potential and it's interesting viewing for Pete Walker fans, as he already approaches some of the topics that'll become his hobbyhorses in later films. The judge character played by Leo Genn, for example, is a typically corrupt and perverted figure that smuggles away all his dirty acts and the stepsister is a greedy bitch who'd do anything for power and money. Other positive elements include some nice set pieces, a catchy title song and a beautifully staged scene inside a sauna! Susanne George is magnificent but her two male counterparts are odd-looking idiots. Like another reviewer already pointed out, this film becomes much more interesting if you watch it with Walker's audio commentary on, as he amplifies many bits and pieces that are shown poorly in the actual film.

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