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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)

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

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 (From Fangoria. 10 October 2009, 10:55 PM, PDT)

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the first post-modern horror film See more (468 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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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:
Betty Buckley provides the voice over ("Creepy Carrie! Creepy Carrie!") for the little boy on the bike that chastises Carrie on her way home.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Carrie looks out her window, when she hears a horn honk, you can see the spike mark where Tommy's car is suppose to stop.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like MeSee more »

FAQ

What's the song that plays when the girls are in detention?
Why did Sue ask her boyfriend (Tommy) to take Carrie to the prom?
Does [ fill in the blank ] die?
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55 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
the first post-modern horror film, 10 November 2001
Author: paul from philadelphia, pa

At its heart, Carrie is not a 'horror film', but a film about horror.

The subject matter is physical and emotional abuse; time and time again DePalma returns to the theme of abuse to create a sense of anxiety and dread. And although our hapless heroine is the primary target of abuse (from her mother, her peers, and 'authority') abuse is also meted out liberally to others---violence against women (Travolta/Allen), and public humiliation by authority figures (Buckley/her gym class) also add to the discomfort level (the John Travolta-Nancy Allen relationship is defined solely by abuse---and they in turn are the initiators of Carrie's humiliation).

Except for Betty Buckley's gym teacher, all the characters are cartoonish archetypes---and almost all of these achetypes are brilliantly drawn. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie deservedly have been singled out for praise, but DePalma even managed to get the right performance out of decidedly untalented performers like Nancy Allen, William Katt (who is immeasurably aided by the kind of meticulous lighting that would have made Joan Crawford envious), and P.J. Soles.

Buckley deserves special mention, because she does amazing things with a completely underwritten role. By humanizing what could have been just one more cartoon (the lesbian gym teacher---lesbianism is never mentioned, but Buckley's subtle performance affirms what she has acknowledged in interviews--that she played her character as a lesbian) she provides a central point of reality that keeps the film from spinning completely out of control.

DePalma's intent was clearly not to scare the audience, but to make the audience watch the film from a distance, deliberately plagarizing two of the most notable sequences in film history---Hitchcock's shower sequence and Eisenstein's use of the three-perspective split screen. The shower scene takes place early in the film, cuing the audience into the fact that this is a film ABOUT film. And in the climactic prom sequence, DePalma distances himself, and the audience, from the bloodbath on the screen by reminding us through the 'theft' from Eisenstein that its just a movie at the most critical moment.

There are two significant flaws in the film. For some reason, DePalma interjected a 'fast forward' comedy sequence involving the purchase of tuxedos--the sequence serves no purpose in the film, other than to restate the obvious fact that this is 'just a movie'.

The second flaw is Amy Irving's performance. Its not horrible by any means, but it just doesn't work. Irving has grown as an actress since then (she was the only decent thing about the execrable sequel to Carrie) but the demands made of her in Carrie were beyond her skills at the time it was made. 'Chris' was supposed to be the conscience of the film, but winds up as wishy-washy.

Oh, and DON'T watch this film on commercial television--rent the video. DePalma engages in some sacriligeous imagery that is ALWAYS cut from the film when it is shown on television---imagery that justifies the penultimate sequence of the film itself, and brings closure to it.

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