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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 | student | telekinesis | teacher | See more »

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3 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Carrie: Extraño presentimiento  »

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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 »

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When Miss Collins is questioning Sue and Tommy in her office, Tommy is initially sitting some distance from Sue on the bench. In subsequent shots he is closer to her, although he never moves. 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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Written by Mike Towers, Eugene Garfin, Stephen Bonnem, Joseph Walter Newton Jr.,
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One of DePalma's best
26 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

High school misfit Carrie (Sissy Spacek) unleashes her telekinetic fury on her tormentors. This was a huge hit in 1976 and scared me silly. It doesn't scare me now (except for the closing sequence), but I still think it's a good solid horror film beautifully handled by Brian De Palma. It moves quickly, has some beautiful imagery (everything is shot soft focus with muted color) and has almost uniformally good performances. The only bad one is by John Travolta way out of his depth playing a hood.

Amy Irving (as a student who befriends Carrie), William Katt (with a very 70s afro), Nancy Allen (playing a real bitch), Betty Buckley (so young and full of energy) and P.J. Soles (silly but bearable) are all perfect. But Spacek is superb matched by Piper Laurie who is very scary and marvelous as her deranged, religious mother.

Also the film is (by today's standards) very restrained in terms of blood and gore. And the final sequence will make you jump (also notice the cars in the background during that--they're moving backwards!)

Only complaints--De Palma REALLY hates some of the high school kids--you feel like like he's working out some personal issues here. And did we really need the slow-mo shower sequence at the beginning? That aside--this is a great film. See it letter boxed.


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