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The Wicker Man -- A police sergeant is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

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Director:
Writer:
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
From the writer of 'Frenzy & Sleuth' Anthony Shaffer's incredible occult thriller See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Chilling insight into ancient paganistic rituals, slightly chipped See more (428 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Woodward ... Sergeant Howie

Christopher Lee ... Lord Summerisle

Diane Cilento ... Miss Rose

Britt Ekland ... Willow

Ingrid Pitt ... Librarian
Lindsay Kemp ... Alder MacGreagor
Russell Waters ... Harbour Master

Aubrey Morris ... Old Gardener / Gravedigger
Irene Sunters ... May Morrison (also as Irene Sunter)
Walter Carr ... School Master
Ian Campbell ... Oak
Leslie Blackater ... Hairdresser
Roy Boyd ... Broome
Peter Brewis ... Musician
Barbara Rafferty ... Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)
Juliet Cadzow ... Villager on Summerisle (as Juliette Cadzow)
Ross Campbell ... Communicant
Penny Cluer ... Gillie
Michael John Cole ... Musician (as Michael Cole)
Kevin Collins ... Old Fisherman
Gerry Cowper ... Rowan Morrison (as Geraldine Cowper)
Ian Cutler ... Musician
Donald Eccles ... T.H. Lennox
Myra Forsyth ... Mrs. Grimmond
John Hallam ... P.C. McTaggert
Alison Hughes ... Fiancée to Howie
Charles Kearney ... Butcher
Fiona Kennedy ... Holly
John MacGregor ... Baker (as John Macgregor)
Jimmy MacKenzie ... Briar (as Jimmy Mackenzie)
Lesley Mackie ... Daisy (also as Leslie Mackie)
Jennifer Martin ... Myrtle Morrison
Bernard Murray ... Musician
Helen Norman ... Villager on Summerisle
Lorraine Peters ... Girl on Grave
Tony Roper ... Postman
John Sharp ... Doctor Ewan
Elizabeth Sinclair ... Villager on Summerisle
Andrew Tompkins ... Musician
Ian Wilson ... Communicant
Richard Wren ... Ash Buchanan
John Young ... Fishmonger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
S. Newton Anderson ... Landers (uncredited)
Paul Giovanni ... Musician (uncredited)
Robin Hardy ... Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Robin Hardy 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Snell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Giovanni 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
 
Casting by
Maggie Cartier 
 
Art Direction by
Seamus Flannery 
 
Costume Design by
Sue Yelland 
 
Makeup Department
Jan Dorman .... hair stylist
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as Billy Partleton)
 
Production Management
Mike Gowans .... unit manager
Ted Morley .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jake Wright .... assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Vic Smith .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robin Gregory .... sound
Bob Jones .... sound
Vernon Messenger .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... photography: second unit
John Brown .... still photographer
James Devis .... camera operator (as Jimmy Devis)
Mike Drew .... focus puller
Chris Pinnock .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ken Worringham .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Masada Wilmot .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Denis Whitehouse .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gary Carpenter .... associate musical director
Magnet .... music performers
 
Other crew
Beryl Harvey .... production secretary
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer (as Stewart Hopps)
Frank Law .... publicist
Susanna Merry .... continuity (as Sue Merry)
Jilda Smith .... location manager
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Annie Ross .... dubbing voice: Britt Ekland (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min | 99 min (extended version) | 94 min (final cut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (2006) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (1983) (self applied) (video) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:16 (Final Cut) | Ireland:18 (original rating) | Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2002) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (1974) | South Africa:(Banned) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1990) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Most of the Summerisle residents are named after trees, flowers and plants.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: While Sgt Howie (dressed as Punch) is being chased by the women, you can see autumn leaves on the grass, though the story is set on the first of May.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sergeant Howie:[yelling] Will you send a dinghy, please?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Willows SongSee more »

FAQ

Is Summerisle a real island?
Were the animals actually burned in the May Day scene?
Is 'The Wicker Man' based on a book?
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152 out of 190 people found the following review useful.
Chilling insight into ancient paganistic rituals, slightly chipped, 5 January 1999
Author: NEIL MCKERNAN (xander@eisa.net.au) from Sydney, Australia

The bizarre and chilling tale of a fool chosen to be king for a day.

The shocking denouement of this film has stayed with me for many years, far longer than scenes or images from more famous films. A classic of its kind, it deserves the re-release it will probably never get.

Superficially a mystery thriller, this intelligent and well researched story delves into the beliefs and rituals of Ancient Britain, its folk mythologies and music, and reveals some of the un-settling fears that lie at their root. Set on a remote Scottish Island and giving the appearance of being a Whisky Galore, Local Hero type community, there is yet something off-centre about the townspeople that Edward Woodward, as Sergeant Howie, has come to investigate. The presence of Christopher Lee as the eloquent, commanding Lord of the Isle, gives the film an insidiously creepy edge suggesting a Hammer Horror lurks around the next wee wall. He is perfect in the role.

The story un-folds like a cross between Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, as the dogged Howie gets led all over town, up one blind alley and down another. Clues are dropped all the way about what is really going on, but we don't heed them. Until it's too late. Too late to walk away.

The standard video version runs for 85 minutes, cuts many important scenes and shows others out of sequence. A BBC version shown in 1998 ran around 95 minutes. The full version ran 102 minutes but I have never found it.

However, whilst uneven in parts and certainly flawed this is one of the most intelligent and interesting stories I have ever seen on film. See it yourself and you too will have many meetings with 'The Wicker Man', in your dreams, in the dark, where you cannot escape.

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