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Director:
Writers:
Richard O'Brien (screenplay) and
Jim Sharman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Home of Happiness See more »
Plot:
Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Jim Sharman 
 
Writing credits
Richard O'Brien (screenplay) and
Jim Sharman (screenplay)

Produced by
Lou Adler .... executive producer
John Goldstone .... producer
Michael White .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Richard O'Brien 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Bedford 
 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
 
Production Design by
Brian Thomson 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Sanders 
 
Set Decoration by
Ken Wheatley 
 
Costume Design by
Sue Blane 
 
Makeup Department
Carol Devine .... makeup artist
Sandra Exelby .... makeup artist
Pat Hay .... key makeup artist
Joan Hills .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist
Chris Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John Comfort .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Brock .... third assistant director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director
Roger Simons .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
John Beard .... assistant art director
Peter Collins .... drapes master
Norman Hart .... art department
Len Huntingford .... art department
John Leuenberger .... property master
Darryl Paterson .... stand-by prop
Bryn Siddall .... art department
 
Sound Department
John Chandler .... sound assistant
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
Anthony Sloman .... additional sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce White .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera department
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Laurie Frost .... camera department
Brian King .... video operator
Reg Parsons .... best boy
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
Bob Smith .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting: USA
 
Music Department
Hugh Burns .... musician
Mark Griffiths .... musician
Richard Hartley .... music arranger
Richard Hartley .... musical director
Richard Hartley .... musician
Les Morgan .... musician
Michael Weaver .... musician
Dave Wintour .... musician
 
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Marilyn Clarke .... production coordinator
Gillian Gregory .... choreographer
Brian Thomson .... additional ideas
Graham Chapman .... advisor (uncredited)
David Sherlock .... advisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
94 min | UK:88 min (DVD version)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 (DVD version) | Ireland:15 (cut DVD version) | UK:PG (DVD version) | UK:PG (cut DVD version) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The original script took place in locations around the town of Denton, like Brad and Janet's house, and Cosmo and Nation's "hospital." It was set to be filmed in the real-life town of Denton, Texas, but the 1979-1980 Screen Actors Guild strike meant no American actor was allowed to act at any location. Filming moved to the UK, but no English locations could pass for an American suburb, so director Jim Sharman set the entire film inside the Denton television studio.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the opening overture sequence, the shadow of the camera, camera operator, and jib operator are visible just after booming down from the spiral staircase.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[voice-over] Once upon a time, there lived a real fast guy. His life was fast. His friends were fast. Heh - even his food was fast. But he was still not satisfied. He wanted to share his fast philosophy with someone else, a beautiful girl. Trouble was, she was in the arms of... another man.
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Soundtrack:
Farley's SongSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
You Must Be At Least This Crazy To Enter, 24 August 2007
Author: Xander Seavy (RiffRaffMcKinley) from United States

Ah, "Shock Treatment"-- a witty, campy, colorful movie bursting with cheeky innuendo and amazing songs (one line from "Duel Duet": "You're a dead-end, deadbeat, nowhere mister with a kisser like a Mississippi alligator's sister").

First of all, you have to approach "Shock Treatment" as a sequel to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." While it doesn't contain the same level of raunchy cheese (or the aliens, or the transvestites, or the sex gags... mostly), it follows the married life of Brad and Janet Majors... who are now on the rocks (no pun intended) after years of marital boredom. This is because Brad is the only person in the town of Denton who doesn't jump for joy watching the town's mind-numbing TV station, which is ruled by a greedy corporate sleaze master with an old connection to Brad and Janet.

So eventually, a phony TV host (Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna) and his quack-psych-doctor cohorts (Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn, who played Riff Raff and Magenta in RHPS) take Brad a hostage in their psychiatric facility/soap opera set so that station sponsor Farley Flavors can turn Janet into the next big DTV star.

A few cast members return in different roles (Charles Gray, Nell Campbell, and some of the Transylvanians, for example), with Jeremy Newson coming back as Ralph Hapschatt. Generally, people dislike this movie, but I love it. And you know why? It's rock and roll. It's obscure. And it's just too much of a riot to pass up.

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