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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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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 Memory Cheats 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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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:
Revealing mistakes: When Edward Lionheart carries his dead daughter's body over the rooftops of London, you can see her hand clutching his neck to keep from falling.See more »
Quotes:
Meredith Merridew:I was wondering if you could look after Georgie for me? She gets so nervous during committee.
Horace Sprout:Keep that filthy thing away from me!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Bloody Valentine (1981)See more »

FAQ

How did Florence King describe this film (a favorite of hers)?
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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Memory Cheats, 2 May 2004
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

The late John Nathan Turner , the most controversial producer of DOCTOR WHO came up with the expression " The memory cheats " . What he meant by that is memory can play tricks on you , a fondly remembered DOCTOR WHO story with the production values of LORD OF THE RINGS ( Or so it seemed at the time ) can be severely disappointing when you re-watch after a gap of 20 years . A battle scene of The Brigadier leading his men against an alien invasion might have seemed like the 1973 eqivulent of BLACK HAWK DOWN but less so when watched 30 years later . I do disagree with what JNT said about the memory cheating but not totally

Unfortunately when watching THEATRE OF BLOOD after a gap of many , many years my memory has cheated more than slightly . I remember enjoying this movie one helluva lot but couldn`t remember why and after seeing it again tonight I was slightly puzzled why I had so many loving memories about it . Okay it`s not a bad movie but it`s not a great one either . Check out this sample of dialogue :

" Are you saying someone in the theatre is trying to kill us ? "

" I would say that`s a distinct possiblity "

What is it about the above ? Is the dialogue written in a flat manner or are the actors giving a flat performance ? It should also be pointed out that the fatal punishments inflicted upon the critics were someting I once remembered as being grotesque and funny but now seem rather silly especially when you stop to consider the plot holes involved such as how did Lionheart and his posse manage to hire a hair salon and TV van ? I also find it difficult to believe that no one guessed the identity of the hippy geezer with the moustache . Even if I had never seen this movie before I would have known who was Lionheart`s right hand man , it`s so obvious it`s laughable

To be fair this isn`t a movie that takes itself seriously and is all the better for being devoid of the post modernist humour of SCREAM and JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK ( Did you know the most popular plot for a Hollywood horror movie nowadays involves internet film critics getting murdered ? It`s true you know ) and Vincent Price is very well cast as the mincing thespian luvvie who is hell bent on revenge and the camp hairdresser called " Butch " did make me smile . Oh and I did love the way policeman are portrayed as being both useless and stupid . I actually thought those bits were taken from a documentary

Not as good as I remembered , but I thought it was a masterpiece when I saw it as a child and nothing is that good in the cold light of adulthood so I give THEATRE OF BLOOD six out of ten in 2004

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