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Writers:
Jacques Demy (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
17 December 1972 (UK) See more »
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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 »
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Grimmer than a Grimm fairy-tale. 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
 

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90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Iceland:12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G

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

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Grimmer than a Grimm fairy-tale., 15 October 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Back when I was a (allegedly disturbed) young child, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" was my absolute favorite fairy-tale. I owned many tapes that were filled with bedtime stories and fairy-tales, but I mostly just listened to "The Pied Piper" because it featured fascinatingly morbid topics like the black plague, child abduction, rat infestations and a mysteriously sinister guy playing the flute. I was always convinced the premise of Robert Browning's eerie poem could form the basis of a series of unimaginably dark horror movies, but unfortunately there aren't that many. This British production, filmed on location in Germany, is a pretty great version but it's incredibly obscure for some reason and I spent an awful long time purchasing a decent copy. Now that I finally own it, I'm both thrilled about re-experiencing the familiar story lines as well as surprised about discovering entirely new story aspects I wasn't even aware of. The new (to me, at least) elements mostly handle about political and religious hypocrisy, so I presume that is the reason why they weren't included in any of the fairy-tale versions I grew up with. But it remains a fascinating story and a fabulously engaging film, only suffering from obvious and regrettable budget restrictions. Director and co-writer Jacques Demy had a clear and personal vision of the story, and it's definitely not a movie for young children to watch. Although never graphic or repulsive, "The Pied Piper" thrives on a disturbing atmosphere and it never evades any controversial themes, like the abuse of political power by the Catholic Church and the arranged marriages with minors. Donovan is excellent as the Piper, passing through Hamelin with a family of traveling circus artists. The burgomaster and the Baron (another splendid role for versatile super-actor Donald Pleasance) supposedly run the secluded little town, but they mainly obey the will of the uncanny red monks that always look over their shoulders. The friendly Jewish alchemist Melius is concerned about a threatening outbreak of the Bubonic plague, the power-hungry son of the Baron (John Hurt) is about to wed the under-aged burgomaster's daughter for financial reasons and the Pied Piper is the only person capable of freeing the town from its rat infestation. The script of this film is well filled and requires your absolute full attention, but the elaboration of the different story lines is highly compelling and the dialogs are enchanting. The costume designs and scenery are terrific and genuinely take you back to the dark and unsettling medieval times. Donovan, primarily a singer, also provides the film with a couple of great songs (most notably "They Call me the Pied Piper" and "Life has its ups and downs") and there are at least two near-brilliant and unforgettable sequences. Namely the rats breaking out of the wedding cake and a harrowing execution scene near the end. If you own "The Pied Piper", it's definitely a film to treasure.

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