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

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If THE EXORCIST made you shudder, CARRIE will make you scream. See more »

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3 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Carrie: Extraño presentimiento  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The uncredited band that performs at the prom is named "Vance or Towers". The uncredited song that they perform, "Education Blues", is available on their 1975 self-titled album. See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Collins is calling the role in the gym, she walks over to one of the girls and snaps "Katie!" But the character's name is Helen. See more »

Quotes

Margaret White: Carrie, you haven't touched your apple cake.
Carrie: It gives me pimples, Mama.
Margaret White: Pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you.
Carrie: [after long pause] Mama?
Margaret White: Yeah.
Carrie: Mama, please say that I've got t-to try and get along with people better.
Margaret White: [giggle] What are you going on about, Carrie?
Carrie: I've been invited to the prom.
Margaret White: [long pause, then looking sternly at Carrie] Prom?
Carrie: Yeah, the prom. Everyone's goin...
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Referenced in The Initiation of Sarah (1978) See more »

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Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Sung by Martha & The Vandellas
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"Carrie" marked Brian De Palma's breakthrough…

It is a classic offbeat horror-melodrama merging harmoniously the family Gothic extravaganza, supernatural power, and a woman's movie of a peculiar kind… It remains the cinema's best adaptation of a Stephen King novel…

The film initiated De Palma's inclination for surprise diverts between playful imagination and reality, as in the opening, which swifts from a soft-core porn fantasia of girls taking a shower in the locker room to the fact of Carrie's menstruation for the first time—the first sign of "otherness" that will reserve her as an horrifying monster from her small-minded colleagues…

All the oppression that Carrie undergoes both at home (with a bible beating maniacal mother played by scary Piper Laurie who develops twisted bizarre ideas) and at school to suppress tension which takes the shape of super telekinetic power, the ability to move objects with the strength of her mind… We observe with ambivalence as Carrie's insatiable revenge jumps the line into uncontrolled mass murders ever filmed…

Sissy Spacek is amazing as the mocked, helpless girl pushed over the edge… Her face and body twist like a living special effect to unleash her pent up rage, as well as her character's alarming progress from painfully shy high-school teenager to Angel of Vengeance…


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