IMDb > The Pied Piper (1972)
The Pied Piper
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Pied Piper (1972) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   323 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Jacques Demy (screenplay) and
Andrew Birkin (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Pied Piper on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
17 December 1972 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Come children of the universe, let Donovan take you away, far far away.
Plot:
Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
THE PIED PIPER (Jacques Demy, 1972) *** See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jack Wild ... Gavin

Donald Pleasence ... The Baron

John Hurt ... Franz

Donovan ... The Pied Piper

Michael Hordern ... Melius, Alchemist

Roy Kinnear ... Burgermeister Poppendick

Peter Vaughan ... Bishop

Diana Dors ... Frau Poppendick
Cathryn Harrison ... Lisa
Keith Buckley ... Mattio
Peter Eyre ... Pilgrim
John Welsh ... Chancellor
Hamilton Dyce ... Papal Nuncio
Arthur Hewlett ... Otto
Andre Van Gyseghem ... Friar
Patsy Puttnam ... Helga
Paul Hennen ... Karl
David Leland ... Officer
Michael Goldie ... Burger
John Falconer ... Priest
Clive Elliott ... Priest
David Nettheim ... Kulik (as David Netheim)
Sammie Winmill ... Gretel
Gertan Klauber ... Town Cryer

Roger Hammond ... Burger
Edwin Brown ... Burger
George Cormack ... Burger
Mary MacLeod ... Maidservant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Flunky (uncredited)
Sacha Puttnam ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Demy 
 
Writing credits
Jacques Demy (screenplay) and
Andrew Birkin (screenplay) and
Mark Peploe (screenplay)

Robert Browning  poem (uncredited)
Jacob Grimm  fairy tale (uncredited)
Wilhelm Grimm  fairy tale (uncredited)

Produced by
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
Gavrik Losey .... associate producer
David Puttnam .... producer
 
Original Music by
Donovan 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky 
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
 
Art Direction by
George Djurkovic 
 
Costume Design by
Evangeline Harrison 
 
Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (as Bob Lawrence)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Garth Thomas .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Larner .... gaffer
Ron Robson .... camera operator
Roy Rodhouse .... best boy
 
Music Department
Kenny Clayton .... conductor (as Kenneth Clayton)
Kenny Clayton .... music arranger (as Kenneth Clayton)
Donovan .... musician: singer
 
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
John Holmes .... rat trainer
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
90 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Iceland:12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Was released after the death of Hamilton Dyce.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
THE PIED PIPER (Jacques Demy, 1972) ***, 16 September 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I had seen this one ages ago on local TV, back in the early 1980s when our set was still in black-and-white! Naturally, I welcomed Paramount’s idea to let Legend Films release it on DVD albeit bare-bones, and I luckily happened upon it in (arguably) Malta’s best-stocked DVD rental store when it comes to vintage Hollywood movies.

I’ve been a fan of Fairy Tales every since early childhood when illustrated Maltese translations of the Brothers Grimm’s famous stories where constant companions during the Summer holidays and, when my main interest migrated to film, I eagerly sought out examples of this type. The French seemed to do the genre particularly well – Ladislaw Starewicz’s delightful pioneering puppet classic THE TALE OF THE FOX (1931), Jean Cocteau’s enchanting LA BELLE ET LA BETE (1946) and the charming animated fable LE ROI ET L’OISEAU (1979). Jacques Demy also tried his hand at this by bringing DONKEY SKIN (1970) to the screen with Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Perrin, Jean Marais and Delphine Seyrig. In fact, THE PIED PIPER was his next project and follows similar lines – even if it’s a British production shot in Germany, though still with an equally remarkable cast: Jack Wild, Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Michael Hordern, Peter Vaughan, Roy Kinnear, Diana Dors and, in the titular role, folk singer Donovan! The general consensus about Demy is that his career peaked early (late 1960s) and progressed engagingly but unremarkably towards an untimely end (early 1990s); actually, I haven’t seen any of his acknowledged masterpieces yet – I do own THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) on R2 DVD, though, and also have the ultra-rare LADY Oscar (1979) in my unwatched pile.

While Maltin gives this version of THE PIED PIPER (incidentally, the 1957 TV-film with Van Johnson and Claude Rains is also available for rental over here) a very generous , most other reviews of the film I’ve come across were usually mixed and less enthusiastic. In fact, I’d say that its unexpectedly grim tone got to be a bit much at times and left one with a sour taste in the mouth; besides, in spite of Demy’s detached approach (with very few close-ups throughout), the whole still felt somewhat claustrophobic. Even so, the actors, the décor, the costumes and the music eventually save the day: Wild has probably his most significant role after OLIVER! (1968) as Jewish alchemist Hordern’s lame assistant; Pleasence and Hurt are truly despicable as greedy father and son and the town’s chief citizens; Kinnear and Dors as the burgomaster and his wife who want to marry off their teenage offspring (Cathy Harrison, Rex’s daughter) to Hurt; Peter Vaughan is a bloodthirsty Bishop who eventually has Hordern burned alive at the stake.

The troupe of traveling players in a plague-ridden medieval town cannot help but raise comparisons with Ingmar Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957), while the onslaught of the rats (at one point coming out of the wedding cake!) might well have influenced a similar scene in Werner Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979). Finally, Donavan’s score is pleasant if not quite memorable – his performance is equally decent even if, the film’s title notwithstanding, he is not really the main character!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (11 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Pied Piper (1972)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Available in Region 2 multi-disc Demy DVD set eschwartzkopf
Finding a copy of Pied Piper shilo69
Is Danny Kaye in there someplace? GusDomesticus
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Luther Madame Bovary Dangerous Beauty The Brothers Grimm Amen.
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.