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A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school's prom by a humiliating prank.

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Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn't make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behaviour is not as forgiving and plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn't realise is that Carrie is ... gifted, and you really don't want to get her angry. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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prom | school | teacher | student | telekinesis | See more »

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If only they knew she had the power. See more »

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Betty Buckley had originally auditioned for a part in 'Brian de Palma''s Phantom of the Paradise (1974). She didn't get the part but de Palma kept using her for looping purposes on that film and his subsequent movie, _Obsession_, before ultimately beefing up the part of the gym teacher for her for Carrie (1976). See more »

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There are several signs posted about the time of the prom, all of which say from 9 - 1. (One says 9 - 1 pm, which, of course, is incorrect.) Sue Snell asks the time at the family dinner on the night of the prom and is told that it is 8 o'clock. Shots immediately before and after the dinner scene show the prom going full swing, even though it is not scheduled to start for another hour. Additionally, it would still be light outside on May 25th at 8 pm. See more »

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Chris Hargenson: [Billy sloshes beer on her clothes as a police cruiser appears] Watch it, you stupid shit!
Billy Nolen: [he fakes a smile, then turns to her as the cruiser drives off] Don't call me that
Chris Hargenson: Well look what you just did!
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Chris Hargenson: Dumb shit.
Chris Hargenson: [he back hand slaps her] I told you not to call me that!
Chris Hargenson: [a car speed stowards them] Watch out! You wanna get us killed?
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Though cluttered up with crass humor, De Palma's trashy flair and killer instincts make this a classic screamer...
28 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

When picked-on high schooler Carrie White discovers to her horror that she's been made the butt of a nasty prank, she unleashes her secret powers at the school prom and all hell literally comes loose. This sequence, filmed in split-screen, is a canny marvel of technical wizardry, twisted imagination and production design (check out that gorgeous blaze that erupts behind Sissy Spacek). The cinematographer lights everything up like fluorescent goodies in a candy-box (the continuity problems with Carrie's appearance here can be overlooked). But Carrie's anger is all encompassing--it's a high school holocaust--and some of her victims are innocents, like the gym teacher (played very sensitively by Betty Buckley). Carrie has become as bad as her enemies, and director Brian De Palma doesn't seem to understand the irony (he's also too interested in girl-peeping, although to his credit nobody comes off looking foolish). The picture is fun on the surface, but has a depressing undermining that is never quite resolved. Spacek's performance in the lead is flawless; Piper Laurie exceptional as her deranged mother (it was her comeback role, Oscar-nominated, yet it nearly typed her as a horror-movie actress); Nancy Allen, P.J. Soles, and William Katt are excellent as Carrie's classmates; Amy Irving is intriguing as schoolmate Sue who just wants to do the right thing (Pauline Kael of The New Yorker complained that Sue's role in the disaster wasn't made clear, but I disagree. I think she's conflicted and guilty and wants to help, wants to see Carrie bask in some of the glory which she helped create). Although an improvement over the Stephen King source novel, "Carrie" isn't perfect and is weighed down somewhat with dirty jokes and cheap laughs. Certainly it is a stylish picture, with beautiful (if repetitive) music by Pino Donaggio, and the final sequence is still being copied today. *** from ****


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