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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 »
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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:
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User Reviews:
The most original and haunting British horror movie EVER. Fascinating, chilling, and utterly unique. 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:
The final song, sung by the islanders around the sacrifice, is a thirteenth century 'reverdie' song celebrating the return of Spring. It would typically, as in this case, be sung in the round e.g. it keeps repeating over and over with different singers joining in at different stages: 'Sumer is i-comen in! Ludé [louder] sing cuckoo! Groweth sed [seed] and bloweth med [mead, plants in the meadow] and springeth the wood nu! [new]! Sing cuckoo nu, sing cuckoo' etc.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Sgt Howie hits McGregor (who is dressed as Punch) with a candlestick, watch closely and you can see that the blow from Howie is aimed into the padded section on the back of the punch costume, rather than at the back of McGregor's head.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sergeant Howie:[yelling] Will you send a dinghy, please?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chop ChopSee more »

FAQ

How does Sgt Howie find out that Rowan is missing?
Were the animals actually burned in the May Day scene?
Is Summerisle a real island?
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52 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
The most original and haunting British horror movie EVER. Fascinating, chilling, and utterly unique., 17 August 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

I've been fascinated by 'The Wicker Man' ever since I first saw it on TV in the late 1970s. I was very young then and probably didn't completely understand it, but I knew immediately that it was a very special movie, unlike anything I'd ever seen before. Twenty five years, and literally thousands of movies later, I think even more highly of it, especially now that I'm able to see the cut available on the 30th Anniversary DVD, which is over fifteen minutes longer than the version I already own on video. And, yes, 'The Wicker Man' is still unlike any other movie I've ever seen. I think this is mainly down to the brilliant script by Anthony Shaffer, who also wrote 'Sleuth' and Hitchcock's 'Frenzy'. There hasn't been anything made remotely like it since. I think it's the greatest British horror movie ever made, but the description "horror" only gives you half the story. It's also a thriller, a mystery, a Christian morality tale, and in a weird way, a musical. Christopher Lee regards it as the best movie he's ever been involved with, and describes it as one of the three or four greatest movies ever made in Britain, and I agree with him. Lee is very good in the movie as the enigmatic Lord Summerisle, but Edward Woodward is the real star. Woodward is best know for his TV work, as either 'Callan' or 'The Equalizer', depending what generation you're from, but he's superb as the deeply religious Sgt. Howie. Apparently Peter Cushing was initially suggested for the role, as was Michael York, but I really can't imagine either of then being half as good as Woodward is. The supporting cast are all superb - Diane Cilento as the school teacher, famous mime Lindsay Kemp as the publican, and especially Britt Ekland as the publican's daughter Willow. Ekland's seduction dance scene is the second most famous scene in the movie. She claims her speaking voice was dubbed throughout , director Robin Hardy disputes this, though her singing voice certainly was, and she used a (ahem) butt double. I also get a kick out of Aubrey Morris' graveyard scene. Morris is a great Brit character actor and was also in 'A Clockwork Orange', Hammer's 'Blood From The Mummy's Tomb' and sci fi trash classic 'Lifeforce'. Another Hammer alumni Ingrid Pitt ('The Vampire Lovers', 'Countess Dracula', etc.) is also in the cast as a librarian, but sadly in underused. Still, I'm glad she was involved. Inexplicably some people seem to hate this movie. I can't for the life of me understand why. It's utterly brilliant, utterly unique, and I never tire of watching it. If you've never seen it before I envy you! It's a cliche, but believe me, you have never seen anything like it before!

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