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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 »
NewsDesk:
(726 articles)
User Reviews:
Exceptional but NOT a horror film 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 (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:
A body double was secretly used for the naked rear shots of Willow dancing. The scenes were filmed after Britt Ekland had left the set. The body double was used because Ekland would only agree to topless shots of her body. After shooting was over, not only was Ekland furious to learn she had been doubled in some shots but that she was also a few weeks pregnant in that scene. Director Robin Hardy says it was Ekland herself who did not want her bottom to be filmed, as she did not like it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Howie questions the Doctor about Rowan Morrison's death certificate, the Doctor is seen to open his front door and step partly inside. The shot cuts away, and when it cuts back to the Doctor his front door is shut. He opens it again and goes in.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sergeant Howie:[yelling] Will you send a dinghy, please?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 33 (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Searching For RowanSee more »

FAQ

Is Summerisle a real island?
Why did Willow try to seduce Sgt Howie?
How did Summerisle know that Howie would be the perfect choice?
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88 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional but NOT a horror film, 28 September 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

A police sergeant (Edward Woodward) goes to a remote island near Scotland hearing that a young girl is missing. When he gets there it seems no one has ever heard of her...and most say she never existed. He continues to search and the mystery gets deeper and deeper leading up to a very disturbing conclusion.

I saw this during it's theatrical reissue in 1980--it was the cut 88 minute version. I was disappointed. It was advertised as a horror film and the edited version leaves gaping plot holes. I just saw the extended version on the DVD and loved it!

For one thing, as I said, it is NOT a horror film. I went in expecting that and didn't get it. It's actually a thriller with strong religious and sexual overtures. There's WAY too much to get into about the religious views in this film, and the sexual element is STRONG! There's a whole circle of nude young women dancing around a fire, and an exceptional sequence in which a very erotic song is sung by a nude Britt Ekland. The mystery itself is fascinating but I really got caught up in the religious and social aspects presented in this film. Credit writer Anthony Shaffer for his script.

Also the acting is great on all counts. Woodward deserves credit for playing such an unlikable character--and STILL getting you to sympathize with him! Also Hammer stars Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt (whose part is brutally reduced in the short version) are just great! For one thing it's interesting to see them playing fairly "normal" people (instead of vampires) and they give out excellent performances. Lee especially is enjoying himself--he did the film for free! To this day he said it's his best movie--he's right.

An excellent, haunting thriller but it might be too much for some people. There's next to no blood or violence, but I do know some people who just found the ending a bit too much to handle. Still, it's a definite must-see.

A deserved cult classic.

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