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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 5 wins & 6 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)

Top 10 Bloodiest Scenes in Film
 (From HeyUGuys. 31 October 2009, 8:43 AM, PDT)

Fangoria Week in Review 10.11.2009
 (From Fangoria. 10 October 2009, 10:55 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Carrie: 8/10 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)

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Linda Blair auditioned for the role of Carrie but turned it down fearing being typecast. Jill Clayburgh also auditioned for the title role, but was passed over. Farrah Fawcett also auditioned for the part, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts from "Charlie's Angels" (1976).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the blood falls on Carrie, it really only hits the left side of her hair and her shoulders. In following shots, she is soaked in blood.See more »
Quotes:
Margaret White:Go to your closet and pray!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
There Is Power in the BloodSee more »

FAQ

Were Sue and Tommy in on the prank?
What did Stephen King think of the Film?
Why did Sue ask her boyfriend (Tommy) to take Carrie to the prom?
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137 out of 186 people found the following review useful.
Carrie: 8/10, 13 October 2002
Author: movieguy1021 (Movieguy1021@comcast.net) from Anywhere, USA

Carrie boomed Sissy Spacek's and John Travolta's career. I understand why.

Carrie starts off at a gym locker room, where we find out how much the other kids hate Carrie. But, we find out that Carrie has some powers. Like in other Stephen King book-movies, the supernatural aspect is only minor compared to the rest of the story, but it comes into play at the end. Carrie's mom (Piper Laurie) is an over-protective religious zealot who makes The Royal Tenenbaums seem normal. So Carrie tries to cope with her horrible life, but it's getting tougher and tougher.

Spacek is exceptional as Carrie, and I now know why she was nominated for Best Actress. Her emotions are real, not some fake tear drops that make us think she's sad. Either she has great motivation, or she's one of the best actresses of the century (or both!). Laurie was equally good as her mother who locks Carrie up in a closet everytime she thinks that Carrie has sinned. This movie wouldn't be half of what it was if the acting wasn't so great. When Carrie was sad, you were sad. When the other kids ridiculed her, you felt like you wanted to kill the kids. When she smiled, you smiled. Emotions that raw couldn't come from just any movie.

If you know me, I'm a stickler for character developement. Carrie didn't take much time, but from the opening scene you knew about Carrie and her weakness. So are the secondary characters; they're nicely developed even if their role isn't that major. Travolta had a miniscule role, but he was fine in it; it led to Grease and Saturday Night Fever.

The prom scene has got to be one of the most memorable scenes from a horror movie. That red tint is awesome; it's like a premonition. In fact, the movie is full of premonition: the red tint, the freaky looking voodoo doll, "They're all going to laugh at you." I'm assuming that director Brian De Palma meant to put that in, so it just isn't about some supernatural powers, it's also about foreshadowing. Also, I dig that camera movement during the dancing.

The blood and gore wasn't held back, but they just put in what was necessary. De Palma obviously stole from Hitchcock's Psycho, mainly the music cue whenever Carrie is using her telepathy. Also, her school, Bates High, is another Psycho refrence.

Carrie was also very creepy. It wasn't a thrill-a-minute, but at the ending, that was Scary with a capital S. The last ten or twenty minutes were scare-inducing for sure. That last jump scene in the dream...wow! It's still jumping at me. If there was one complaint I had to do about the movie, it's that it took too much time to get to main scene and the prom went on a little too long, but other than that it's a first class horrror/thriller that any horror buff needs to see.

My rating: 8/10

Rated R for nudity, some language, and blood.

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