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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:
Very creative death scenes, gory and funny - and absolutely beautifully acted by Vincent Price See more (111 total) »

Cast

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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
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)
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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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Runtime:
104 min
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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 full name of Vincent Price's character, according to his memorial, is Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart. "Sheridan" is probably a reference to the eighteenth-century playwright and manager Richard B. Sheridan, or his actor-manager father, Thomas Sheridan.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:
Peregrine Devlin:It's him all right. Only Lionheart would have the temerity to rewrite Shakespeare!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

FAQ

How did Florence King describe this film (a favorite of hers)?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Very creative death scenes, gory and funny - and absolutely beautifully acted by Vincent Price, 17 July 2014
Author: gogoschka-1 from wherever good films play

* Some mild spoilers ahead *

Vincent Price, the star of countless B-Movies from the fifties to the seventies, in his perhaps best role ever. This movie is wicked fun; a failed Shakespeare-actor brutally settles the score with all his critics - but they all meet their demise by having to "act" a part in the plays of the great bard. Very creative death scenes, gory and funny - and absolutely beautifully acted by Price and an ensemble of many greats of British cinema and theatre.

Funny enough, there are many parallels between Price's own career and his character's (maybe that's exactly why the director chose him for this part), for Price also failed to get the recognition he deserved until very late in his life and felt unfairly treated by critics. Although many of his films are now regarded as classics, for the most part of his life his films and his (indeed rather Shakespearian) approach to his roles was often ridiculed. Around the time of this film though, critics started to take Price seriously (probably out fear, LOL).

But this film is also interesting for another reason: despite the obvious black comedy it looks almost like a blueprint for a certain category of horror films to come, and films like 'Seven' and 'Saw' owe perhaps a little debt to 'Theatre of Blood'. Highly recommended. 8 stars out of 10.

Favorite Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls054200841/

Lesser-known Masterpieces: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls070242495/

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