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Director:
Writers:
Anthony Greville-Bell (screenplay)
Stanley Mann (idea) ...
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Release Date:
5 April 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
At your own risk See more »
Plot:
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The film which sends poodles into a total funk! See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart

Diana Rigg ... Edwina Lionheart

Ian Hendry ... Peregrine Devlin

Harry Andrews ... Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne ... Miss Chloe Moon
Robert Coote ... Oliver Larding

Jack Hawkins ... Solomon Psaltery

Michael Hordern ... George William Maxwell

Arthur Lowe ... Horace Sprout

Robert Morley ... Meredith Merridew

Dennis Price ... Hector Snipe

Milo O'Shea ... Inspector Boot

Eric Sykes ... Sergeant Dogge
Madeline Smith ... Rosemary

Diana Dors ... Maisie Psaltery
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Sprout
Renée Asherson ... Mrs. Maxwell (as Renee Asherson)
Bunny Reed ... Policeman
Peter Thornton ... Policeman
Charles Sinnickson ... Vicar
Brigid Erin Bates ... Maid - Agnes
Tutte Lemkow ... Meths Drinker
Stanley Bates ... Meths Drinker
Eric Francis ... Meths Drinker
Sally Gilmore ... Meths Drinker
John Gilpin ... Meths Drinker
Joyce Graeme ... Meths Drinker
Jack Maguire ... Meths Drinker
Declan Mulholland ... Meths Drinker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Calvin ... Police Photographer (uncredited)

Charles Gray ... Solomon Psaltery (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Hickox 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Greville-Bell (screenplay)

Stanley Mann (idea) and
John Kohn (idea)

William Shakespeare  plays (uncredited)

Produced by
Gustave M. Berne .... executive producer (as Gustave Berne)
Sam Jaffe .... executive producer
John Kohn .... producer
Stanley Mann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael J. Lewis 
 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Suschitzky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
 
Production Design by
Michael Seymour 
 
Set Decoration by
Ann Mollo 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Baldwin 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Fulford .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Verard .... construction manager (as Peter Verrard)
Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Douglas Turner)
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Stunts
Terry Yorke .... stunt arranger (as Terry York)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Smith .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael J. Lewis .... conductor
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Sam Jaffe .... presenter
Tutte Lemkow .... choreographer: meths drinkers
Sara Romilly .... assistant to producers
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Much Ado About Murder" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (working title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Black and White (title sequence) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Norway:(Banned) (1973-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (certificate #23502) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Considered by its star Vincent Price to be his personal favorite of all his films.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Peregrine Devlin arrives at the fencing school you see him attach a cable to the back of his fencing kit (which would signal a hit with a buzzer), yet when the other fencer reveals himself to be Edward Lionheart and they start fencing the cable is no longer attached to Devlin's back.See more »
Quotes:
Edward Lionheart:[contemplating suicide] To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to...
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FAQ

How did Florence King describe this film (a favorite of hers)?
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36 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
The film which sends poodles into a total funk!, 17 June 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

"Reasonbran 234" (Nov 6 2001) takes out the award here for the most literate, apt and concise review of Theater of Blood. This WAS Vincent Price's finest screen moment and I recall clearly at the time, one particular UK critic who suggested "This brilliant film will probably require a generation before it can ever be held in the esteem to which it is entitled!"

Way too literate for mainstream horror fans' taste - it was so much more. Few had the theatrical flourish of Vincent Price and he was just so perfectly cast as the acting-legend-in-his-own-mind disfavored by a cross section of critics that may otherwise have steered his career on to the rocks. Taking "tragedy" to a new level, he REALLY silencies his critics once and for all, taking them out one by one in escalatingly appropriate Shakespearean circumstances.

Black black dialog with the Bard's turn of a phrase pervades the entire film. Yeah its gory - so's Macbeth! It is also one of the greatest horror comedies ever devised, with A-List acting credits.

Quite simply, NOT to be missed!

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