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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)

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

User Reviews:
A classic! See more (453 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
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
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)

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Trivia:
Some of Carrie derived from Stephen King's own experiences as a teacher.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Margaret pulls a book out of her bag and turns to offer it to Mrs. Snell, the book goes from having a blue cover to a pink cover.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Ross:What is the big deal?
Miss Collins:Because it is a very big deal for Carrie White, and you know it!
Tommy Ross:Well, she already said no, anyway.
Sue Snell:Yeah, well, with a little effort, you can change that.
Tommy Ross:Don't count your chickens.
Miss Collins:Just don't try!
Tommy Ross:Fine. I won't try.
Sue Snell:Hey wait a second! It's not fine! You can't order someone not to take someone to the prom.
Miss Collins:Well, you know, I can make sure that you don't hurt Carrie White anymore.
Sue Snell:We're not trying to hurt her, Miss Collins. We're trying to help her!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sandy & Junior Especial (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ernest's AnnouncementSee more »

FAQ

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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A classic!, 23 September 2003
Author: Snake-666 from England

Perhaps one of the only genuinely good Stephen King adaptations, ‘Carrie' follows the tragic tale of Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a young girl who is continually made to suffer at the hands of her bullying classmates and not helped by her overbearing, religious mother Margaret (Piper Laurie). Carrie, however, is not like regular teenagers as she has been blessed(?) with telekinetic powers and as the inner rage grows within Carrie so, it seems, do these potentially lethal abilities.

Brian De Palma directed this amazingly stylish adaptation of Stephen King's first novel which is arguably the best Stephen King adaptation ever to be made. Sissy Spacek's performance is one of the greatest to ever grace a horror film. Somehow managing to perfectly embody the typical school life of the usual high school outcasts, Spacek was able to bring to everyone the appalling life that so many teenagers are forced to tolerate. From the opening scenes where Carrie is utterly humiliated at the hands of her classmates after Carrie's hysterical reaction to her first menstruation, to the painfully wretched ending it becomes nigh on impossible not to sympathise with Spacek's character. Spacek was quite rightly Oscar-nominated for this performance. Spacek's performance was enhanced by fellow Oscar-nominee Piper Laurie in the role of the religious-nut Margaret White. In some ways the naivety shown towards Carrie and what is happening to her is amusing but at the same time it is terrifying to think that any mother could allow her daughter to go though such a generally horrendous life. Piper Laurie was able to make this all too abhorrent character her own with a thoroughly convincing and unsettling performance.

De Palma cleverly directs this movie. Instead of immediately introducing us to Carrie's powers he focuses on the torment (and the tormentors) of Carrie first. This allows the viewer to feel for Carrie and will her towards revenge while ensuring that she is not made into a one-dimensional killer. The movie is very well paced and is presented in a brutally clear fashion. De Palma refrains from using any visual effects with the exception of the infamous `Prom Night' scene which was incredibly well crafted and immersed the viewer in this horrifying display of rage. The final twenty minutes of Carrie are some of the most intense and gripping moments to have been portrayed in horror cinema. These scenes without a doubt helped to build one of the most artistic and and incredible climaxes in all of film.

‘Carrie' is not for those who just want to see people sliced up or prefer fast-paced horror as it is presented as a heart-breaking drama with a horrifying twist. The magnificent cast (which features John Travolta in an early role) was also graced with fantastic performances from Betty Buckley as the kindly gym teacher and Nancy Allen as Chris, the deplorable ring leader of this atrocious bullying. In my opinion ‘Carrie' is unquestionably worth a look for horror fans. 'Carrie' is very well directed, with a superb screenplay from Larry Cohen and featuring two of the greatest performances in horror. My rating for ‘Carrie' – 9/10.

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