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Director:
Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You were warned never to push Carrie to the limits. Now you must face the evil consequences. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(14 articles)
Stephen King sounds off on new 'Carrie' remake -- Exclusive
 (From EW.com - Inside Movies. 20 May 2011, 5:46 AM, PDT)

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MELDING OF TWO GREAT ARTISTS See more (464 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sissy Spacek ... Carrie

Piper Laurie ... Margaret White

Amy Irving ... Sue Snell

William Katt ... Tommy Ross

John Travolta ... Billy Nolan

Nancy Allen ... Chris Hargensen

Betty Buckley ... Miss Collins

P.J. Soles ... Norma

Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Snell

Sydney Lassick ... Mr. Fromm

Stefan Gierasch ... Mr. Morton

Michael Talbott ... Freddy

Doug Cox ... The Beak
Harry Gold ... George
Noelle North ... Frieda
Cindy Daly ... Cora
Deirdre Berthrong ... Rhonda
Anson Downes ... Ernest
Rory Stevens ... Kenny

Edie McClurg ... Helen
Cameron De Palma ... Boy on Bicycle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Bolo ... Borne (uncredited)
Katie Irving ... Katie O'Shea / Voice of The Balladeer (uncredited)
Dan Protheroe ... Bassist - Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
James Saad ... Drummer & Percussionist - Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
Mike Towers ... Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
Glen Vance ... Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel)

Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Monash .... producer
Louis A. Stroller .... associate producer
Brian De Palma .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Tosi 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Harriet B. Helberg 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Fisk 
Bill Kenney  (as William Kenney)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
 
Makeup Department
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist (as Wesley Dawn)
Adele Taylor .... hair stylist
Ron Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Heitzer .... first assistant director
Bill Scott .... second assistant director (as William Scott)
Dick Ziker .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gary Seybert .... prop master
Michael Casey .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lois Freeman .... assistant sound editor
Bert Hallberg .... sound mixer (as Bertil Hallberg)
David Rust .... boom man
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... rerecording supervisor
Ron Kalish .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects (as Gregory M. Auer)
Ken Pepiot .... assistant special effects (as Kenneth Pepiot)
 
Stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Ziker)
Janet Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (uncredited)
Mags Kavanaugh .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mary Peters .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant cameraman (as Dusty Blauvelt)
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant cameraman (as Joseph Cosko)
Jim Dyer .... best boy grip (as James Dyer)
Gene Griffith .... key grip (as Eugene Griffith)
Joel King .... operator
Ken Miller .... dolly grip (as Kenneth Miller)
Joe Pender .... gaffer
Jerome L. Posner .... best boy (as Jerome Posner)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Agnes Lyon .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Maria Iano .... apprentice editor
Michael Kirchberger .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Arciaga .... music supervisor
Katie Irving .... singer: "Carrie" and "Born To Have It All"
Merrit Malloy .... lyrics for: "Carrie" and "Born To Have It All"
Natale Massara .... conductor
Dan Protheroe .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
James Saad .... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Mike Towers .... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Glen Vance .... musician: keyboards & rhythm guitar (uncredited)
Glen Vance .... singer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gary Littlefield .... transportation
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wendy Bartel .... secretary to Mr. De Palma
James L. Carter .... production assistant
Angelo Corallis .... craft service
Dow Griffith .... location scouting
Patricia Heade .... production secretary
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Robert Sinclair .... auditor
Shari Leibowitz .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2000) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1983) | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (2000) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1993) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1991) | Finland:(Banned) (cut) (1978) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1977) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Japan:R15+ (2010) | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (2000) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (SubTV) (1992) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1997) (2001) | USA:R (certificate #24688) | West Germany:18 (original rating) | West Germany:16 (re-rating)

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Trivia:
The boy on the bike was played by Brian De Palma's nephew Cameron.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Margaret White:I should've killed myself when he put it in me. After the first time, before we were married, Ralph promised never again. He promised, and I believed him. But sin never dies. Sin never dies. At first, it was all right. We lived sinlessly. We slept in the same bed...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Cabin in the Woods (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Psycho, Suite: Prelude/The Murder/FinaleSee more »

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88 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
MELDING OF TWO GREAT ARTISTS, 18 July 2001
Author: Bill Treadway (treads22@hotmail.com) from Queens, New York

"Carrie" is a melding of two great artists, in this case, Stephen King, who wrote the novel and Brian DePalma, who directed the film. This is a tense, exciting thriller that is also a sturdy character study. It's hard to make a film that can accomplish both, but DePalma does it.

King's novel mostly dealt with a telekinetic girl who is cruelly treated by her classmates. DePalma and screenwriter Lawrence Cohen follow the novel fairly closely, with the exception of the ending, which is a great deal more sensationalistic and better, in my opinion. (King himself liked the finale and the film, as stated in his exceptional study of the horror genre "Danse Macabre")

As is the case in most DePalma films, the technical credits are superb. The cinematography (by Mario Tosi)is extremely effective; colors and shadows have never been shot more effectively in a DePalma film since. The film score is by Pino Donaggio, and it marks the first collaboration between Donaggio and DePalma. (Bernard Herrmann died shortly after "Obsession" was completed) Donaggio is among the most underrated and overlooked composers of his time. His scores for "Dressed to Kill", "Blow Out" and "Body Double" are all exceptional and all deserved Oscars. "Carrie" is no less brilliant, as it accomplishes what all great scores are supposed to do: enhance the film without giving anything away. Paul Hirsch's editing is also extremely effective as it was in "Sisters", "Obsession", "Blow Out" and "Raising Cain".

But it is the performances that make "Carrie" stand out. Carrie is played by Sissy Spacek in a performance of such power and strength that she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (the first actress ever to be nominated for a horror film; the second would be Sigourney Weaver for "Aliens")She manages to hit all the right notes. A lesser actress would have veered toward melodrama. Spacek plays the role more realistically and the film is much more effective that way. (Just in case you didn't know, Spacek was a DePalma regular, but off-screen; she was the art director for several of his early pictures). Also, "Carrie" marked the return of Piper Laurie to films after a too-long hiatus (her last credit was "The Hustler") Here, she plays Carrie's mother. Again, a lesser actress would have veered toward melodrama, but Laurie resists the temptation. Her performance is a real knockout and also garned an Oscar nomination (she should have won, but typical Academy genius set in and gave the prize to Beatrice Straight who was in "Network" for a whopping 10 minutes and really didn't do much.)Also, as a side note, this film also is a start for some future DePalma regulars such as John Travolta (his first major studio film) and Nancy Allen (her first major role)

What I really liked about "Carrie" is the absolutely perfect ending. I had commented before that "Sisters" had an absolutely perfect ending. The one thing about Brian DePalma is that he knows how to end a picture. "Dressed to Kill" had a really good one, although some people hated it as well as "Blow Out". "The Fury" has the greatest ending of all the DePalma thrillers.

A small note to finish: In 1999, "Carrie 2" was made by profiteers at MGM. Despite a rich premise, the film was an artistic failure. DePalma had nothing to worry about. The sequel (retread might be a better word) lacks everything that makes DePalma's original so good. Rent or buy the original, on tape (in pan-and-scan or widescreen)and DVD (widescreen)and forget the sequel, even if they give it away.

**** out of 4 stars

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