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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 crowning moment of Vincent Price's career! 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
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:
The picture of the handsome Elizabethan young man in black cape and white tights shown during the opening credits, and later used as the model for the film's Critic's Circle Award is a painting entitled Young Man Among Roses by Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), and is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.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:Was that dialogue from King Lear?
Peregrine Devlin:Yes. A remarkable performace. He was overacting as usual, but he knew how to make an exit.
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Movie Connections:
Features Othello (1922)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.
The crowning moment of Vincent Price's career!, 25 October 2001
Author: The Welsh Raging Bull (leighton.phillips@sihe.ac.uk) from Port Talbot, South Wales, UK

This horror film is undoubtedly a fitting tribute to the talents of Vincent Price and is in the same mould as his Phibes films - a marvellous cast is assembled (most of whom are sadly no longer with us!). It's a shame that Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee could not have been involved as victims as well; just to enhance some of the tongue-in-cheek aspects of the film.

The superb script is tailor-made for Price, and for once, the equally high status co-stars are given well-judged characterisations, so as not to diminish from the leading star's presence!

I doubt whether horror and wit have been better combined and despite some gory visuals, the whole thing is never really allowed to go over-the-top, thanks to some proficient direction. One should also note that the film is enhanced by decent production values, untypical of a film of this type.

The film is worth seeing if only for Vincent Price's rousing portrayal of Richard III.

A film that stays long in the memory and can be watched over and over again.

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