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The Pied Piper -- Very dark and chilling story of a piper who rids an evil hamlet of rats... an interesting comment on humanity during the middle ages.


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17 December 1972 (UK) See more »
Come children of the universe, let Donovan take you away, far far away.
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  (in credits order)
Keith Buckley ... Mattio
Patsy Puttnam ... Helga
Arthur Hewlett ... Otto
Paul Hennen ... Karl
Peter Eyre ... Pilgrim

Donovan ... Piper

John Hurt ... Franz
David Leland ... Officer

Michael Hordern ... Melius

Jack Wild ... Gavin
Michael Goldie ... Burger

Diana Dors ... Frau Poppendick
Cathryn Harrison ... Lisa

Peter Vaughan ... Bishop
Andre Van Gyseghem ... Friar
John Falconer ... Priest
Clive Elliott ... Priest

Roy Kinnear ... Burgermaster Poppendick

Sammie Winmill ... Gretel

Donald Pleasence ... Baron
John Welsh ... Chancellor
David Nettheim ... Kulik (as David Netheim)
Gertan Klauber ... Town Cryer
Hamilton Dyce ... Papal Nuncio

Roger Hammond ... Burger
Edwin Brown ... Burger
George Cormack ... Burger
Mary MacLeod ... Maidservant (as Mary McLeod)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Flunky (uncredited)

Sacha Puttnam ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Demy 
Writing credits
Andrew Birkin (written by) &
Jacques Demy (written by) &
Mark Peploe (written by)

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
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
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
thank God that it stars Donovan, 3 June 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

A previous reviewer said that this version is probably closer to the original version of the story than any other version with which we're familiar in this day and age. Given the portrayal of the bubonic plague, I would have to agree. And it only adds to the movie's quality that they cast Donovan as the title character. I should warn you that this movie is rather dark - but never gross - and not even trying to be "cute", so don't expect that. Also starring Jack Wild, John Hurt and Donald Pleasance.

One other thing is that "The Pied Piper" is (as far as I know) not officially available on video or DVD. It is available in the video/DVD store Movie Madness, here in Portland, Oregon. If you're ever in Portland, you should come to Movie Madness.

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