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August 1986 (UK) See more »
When an Irish woman moves from the suburbs to Dublin, she begins receiving phone calls from a stranger... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Moira Sinise ... Patricia Teeling (as Moira Harris)

Christopher Cazenove ... Inspector McMyler

Timothy Bottoms ... Danny Sullivan

John Kavanagh ... Robert Foxley
Mick Lally ... Uncle Lar
Bairbre Ni Chaoimh ... Monica Quigley
Jim Bartley ... Hugh Teeling (as James Bartley)
Deirdre Donnelly ... Fionnuala Sullivan
Liam O'Callaghan ... Farrelly
Ronan Wilmot ... Patricia's Father
May Giles ... Patricia's Mother
Se Ledwidge ... Patsy Teeling
Gabrielle Reidy ... Kathy O'Malley
Agnes Bernelle ... Mrs. O'Malley
Seamus Forde ... Mr. Mullally
Derek Halligan ... Translator
Virginia Cole ... Woman in 'Ladies'
Sean Rafferty ... Clergyman
Patrick Daly ... Priest (as Pat Daly)
Maeliosa Stafford ... Wine Waiter
Ronan Smith ... Manager
Frank Melia ... Reporter
Derry Power ... Racegoer
Charlie Roberts ... Racegoer
Des Nealon ... Lawyer

Dervla Kirwan ... Fiona
Brendan Cauldwell ... Hotel Bar Drinker
Michael Duffy ... Hotel Bar Drinker
Gerry Alexander ... The Voice
Tony O'Hehir ... Racing Commentator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Cotter ... Drunk on ship (uncredited)

Directed by
Robin Hardy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robin Hardy  writer

Produced by
Mark Forstater .... producer
Vivien Pottersman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanislas Syrewicz 
Cinematography by
Frank Gell 
Film Editing by
Thomas Schwalm 
Production Design by
John Lucas 
Costume Design by
Maeve Paterson 
Makeup Department
Nick Dudman .... prosthetics makeup
Sound Department
Laurie McDowell .... assistant sound editor
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Butler .... assistant camera
Vincent Corcoran .... additional photography
Tom Kenny .... theatrical lighting
Louis H. Lavelly .... additional photographer
John Murphy .... grip
Editorial Department
Angelica Landry .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tom McGuinness .... music coordinator
Ray Williams .... music supervisor
Other crew
Paul Myler .... assistant accountant
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen .... script supervisor

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UK:98 min
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Moira Sinise receives an "introducing" credit.See more »
Detective:[speculating on sex-killer's identity while inspecting murder scene] He's... unlikely to be a missionary.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wicker Man goes to Ireland and comes back disappointed, 12 May 2004
Author: mackecm2 ( from Puerto Banus, Spain

I stumbled across this relatively obscure film on a satellite channel the other day, and was eagerly anticipating an enjoyable experience, having been a big fan of director Robin Hardy's previous film (the Wicker Man).

95 minutes later, I was disappointed, although the film does have some redeeming features.

I consider The Wicker Man to be a classic of its type, and certain aspects of that film are carried over into this one - the haunting music, the atmospheric locations, and especially the suppressed eroticism. Also the final twist at the end. But having said that, this film does come across as a pale imitation of its predecessor.

Due to the appalling treatment that was meted out to The Wicker Man by the film industry powers, Robin Hardy retired from the business for over 10 years, and boy does it show here. Some of the editing is appallingly choppy, the characters' dialog is at times incredibly trite, and some of the scenes just don't gel. Examples of the latter are the initial murder, where the victim appears to offer no resistance to the knife wielding assailant, and the relationship between Moira Harris and Timothy Bottoms, which in one scene has her berating him for making pervy phone calls to his wife. then in next scene she discovers his wife's murdered body, and in the very next scene has her defending him aginst police suspicion? Duh???

Another scene that is particularly laughable is the night club scene where Harris and Bottoms meet. The moment when Timothy Bottoms raises his fists to the Mr. Halitosis character almost had me laughing out loud.

Moreover, there is virtually no mystery as to who the main pervy phone caller is, as the voice is easily identifiable as one of the main characters in the film.

However, it's not all bad news. As in The Wicker Man, there is an air of Catholic sexual repression which pervades the whole story, and is handled on the whole very well. I'm not Irish or Catholic, but I found it believable and not just because it gave the film an excuse to show a few bare breasts.

It's just a shame there couldn't have been a bit more suspense to go with it.

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