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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 »
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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:
This comic horror (or horrific comedy) really made my stomach turn even as I brushed up my Shakespeare. See more (112 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
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Over six gallons of fake blood was used to produce the eight ghastly murders.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:
Inspector Boot:Look, Devlin, when two people have the same motive to murder and one of them is still alive, who would you arrest?See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Richard III (1911)See more »

FAQ

How did Florence King describe this film (a favorite of hers)?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
This comic horror (or horrific comedy) really made my stomach turn even as I brushed up my Shakespeare., 13 August 2000
Author: ldonley from Castro Valley, California

This movie is hilarious but disturbing. I found it in the local video store while searching for a copy of Kind Hearts and Coronets, and I'm afraid that at first, it suffered from invidious comparison. There are several graphic and prolonged death scenes that I really found repelling. Not only were they very ugly and presumably realistic, but the characters that were killed had become very dear to the audience, that is, me. Each of the ten victims is played by a veteran British or Australian character actor, each one a master at engaging the audience in a short amount of film time.

This said, I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, and the references to Shakespeare actually had me combing through our collected works at 12:30 a.m. Diana Rigg is perfect as Edwina--she's a Shakespeare pro, but perfectly captures several feminine ideals of the late sixties. Her appearance in mini and white platform boots is a shining example of mod glory, circa 1970.

I appreciated this film more when I remember that it was probably made as cheap horror film with added wit, rather than a clever comedy that went over the top with graphic violence. I believe my stomach actually turned at a few of the murders, even though I laughed out loud soon after.

Coral Browne was particularly funny, and there were definite sparks between her and Vincent Price in the beauty shop scene. (I remember reading about their real-life romance with glee, since they were both over 60 at the time.) I wish her scenes could have lasted longer.

I loved the wit, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Vincent and Diana acting out snippets of scenes from some of the great plays. I also enjoyed the writer's skill at contemporary comedy and sly wordplay. Each character, played by a talented veteran, makes an indelible impression in their too-brief "hour upon the stage" before they depart and are seen no more. This film needed a curtain call at the end, just as in Shakespeare's time, so we could see the company of players one last time. I suppose the producers wouldn't go for it.

Although I enjoyed this movie, I couldn't bring myself to sit through the film a second time, even for the performances and dialogue. I just couldn't bear to watch all those death throes again.

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