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The Wicker Man (1973)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  June 1975 (USA)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Kemp ...
Russell Waters ...
Irene Sunters ...
May Morrison (as Irene Sunter)
Walter Carr ...
Ian Campbell ...
Leslie Blackater ...
Roy Boyd ...
Peter Brewis ...
Barbara Rafferty ...
Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)


Sgt. Howie travels to Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. He discovers that the locals are weird and unhelpful, and becomes determined to get to the bottom of the disappearance. Written by Sean Taylor <st52@cornell.edu>

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The residents of Summerisle invited Sergeant Howie to their traditional May Day festival. He didn't expect to meet...The Wicker Man See more »


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Release Date:

June 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A vesszőből font ember  »

Box Office


£500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,493 (USA) (27 September 2013)


$60,891 (USA) (10 January 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the film is set in Scottish territory and all the characters are meant to be of Scottish nationality, all five of of the leading cast are not Scottish: Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward are English, Diane Cilento is Australian, Ingrid Pitt is Polish and Britt Ekland is Swedish. See more »


When Howie listens to Willow singing while nude, he grabs a picture on the wall and leaves it hanging crooked. As he steps away, it is straight again. When Willow comes into his room the next morning, the picture is crooked again and she straightens it. See more »


[first lines]
Sergeant Howie: [yelling] Will you send a dinghy, please?
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Crazy Credits

[Short Version only] A message from the producers thanks "The Lord Summerisle and the people of his island" for co-operating in the making of the film. This is despite both the lord and the island being totally fictitious. See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »


Fire Leap
Written by Paul Giovanni
Performed by chorus
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User Reviews

A film that you never forget - a genuine cult classic.
15 August 2000 | by (Westcliff-on-Sea, England) – See all my reviews

There is an enormous amount of interest in this film, and rightly so.

It defies a low budget production to deliver that rarest of things in film - atmosphere.

The apparently simple plot-line belies a truly astonishing climax. I have seen this film reduce an entire cinema audience to stunned silence on several occasions.

Edward Woodward gives a performance of such understated power it is difficult to envisage anyone else in the role of Sgt. Howie.

The whole production just weaves its magic spell - music - location - cinematography and direction all combine into a masterpiece.

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