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The Wicker Tree -- When two young missionaries head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by their engaging baron Sir Lachlan Morrison and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual Tressock town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock’s seemingly friendly townspeople.
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Charmed by the residents of Tressock, Scotland, two young missionaries accept the invitation to participate in a local festival, fully unaware of the consequences of their decision. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Brittania Nicol ... Beth Boothby

Henry Garrett ... Steve Thomson

James Mapes ... Reverend Moriarty
Lesley Mackie ... Daisy

Clive Russell ... Beame

Graham McTavish ... Sir Lachlan Morrison
Jacqueline Leonard ... Lady Delia Morrison

Bill Murdoch ... Rev. McLeod

Kirstin Murray ... Celebrity Interviewer

Christopher Fosh ... Trailer Trash Video Dancer
Graham Wadsworth ... Trailer Trash Video Dancer

Honeysuckle Weeks ... Lolly
David Plimmer ... Jack
Iain Stuart Robertson ... Peter McNeil
Ailidh Mackay ... Anthea
Alessandro Conetta ... Orlando
Prue Clarke ... Mary Hellier
John Paul McGilvray ... Danny (as John Paul McGilvray)
Keith Easdale ... Town Band
Stuart Glasgow ... Town Band
Keith Warwick ... Donald Dee
Scott Hoatson ... Carl
Mark Williams ... Paul
Keira McMillan ... Morag
St. Clair Leveaux ... Marion
Terry Wale ... Murdoch
Astrid Azurdia ... Patricia Gow
Hamish Wilson ... Magnus Tarrant
Alistair Maxwell ... Angus
Jarkko Lehmus ... Dancer
Ben Sullivan ... Young Lachlan

Christopher Lee ... Old Gentleman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda Jones ... Villager (uncredited)
Philip Kingscott ... Villager (uncredited)

Christopher Leveaux ... Villager - Christopher (uncredited)
Alan Marsh ... Villager (uncredited)
Callum Mitchell ... Strange Scottish Villager (uncredited)
Will Thompson ... Simon (uncredited)

Directed by
Robin Hardy 
 
Writing credits
Robin Hardy (written by)

Robin Hardy (novel "Cowboys for Christ")

Produced by
Kim Davis .... line producer: Dallas (as Kim Dillinger Davis)
Alastair Gourlay .... executive producer
Clare Kerr .... line producer
Izzie Martin .... line producer: London
Izzie Martin .... line producer: Oxford
Donough O'Brien .... executive producer: Euro Center
Peter Snell .... producer
Peter Watson-Wood .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Scott 
 
Cinematography by
Jan Pester 
 
Film Editing by
Sean Barton 
Ray Lau 
 
Casting by
Kate Plantin 
 
Production Design by
Laurel Wear 
 
Art Direction by
Natalie Astridge 
 
Costume Design by
David Blight 
 
Makeup Department
Nikki Cowe .... make up & hair artist: daily (as Nicki Cowe)
Maxine Dallas .... make up & hair artist
Claire Harris .... make up & hair artist: daily
Julie MacKay .... make up & hair artist: daily
Marion McCormack .... make up & hair supervisor
Lee Melrose .... make-up trainee
Irene Napier .... make up and hair designer
Dani Richardson .... makeup: London
Emma Scott .... makeup: London
Dana Spikins .... makeup: Oxford
 
Production Management
Tom Jenkins .... unit manager
Pam Roberts .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amanda Black .... first assistant director: second unit
Harry Boyd .... first assistant director: second unit
Janis Burklund .... director: Dallas Film Commission
Stuart Cadenhead .... third assistant director: second unit
Patrick Conroy .... first assistant director (segment: s)
Graham Drover .... third assistant director
Helen Fraser .... second assistant director
Jamie Gavin .... assistant director runner
Meg Gould .... assistant director: Dallas Film Commission
Carol-Anne Henderson .... third assistant director
Ray Kenny .... second assistant director
Adrian Mead .... second unit director
James Roblin .... third assistant director: Oxford
Kath Wishart .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kimberley Bright .... prop maker
Lucy Crockett .... painter
Andy Duly .... construction
Jim Elliott .... stand-by properties
Amelie Astridge Brodie Jenkins .... art department assistant
Trevor Leat .... builder: wicker tree
Daniel MacDonell .... dressing properties
Colin Macinnes .... dressing properties
Stephen Mason .... standby art director
Russell McGovern .... assistant prop maker
Aoife McKim .... petty cash buyer
Andy McPherson .... art department assistant
Luke Oldale .... construction
Lee Porter .... production buyer
Kara Ramsay .... art department assistant
Alex Rigg .... builder: wicker tree
Bryony Rumble .... props buyer: and dresser
Blair Sprott .... art department trainee
Will Thompson .... art department trainee
Tom Tierney .... construction coordinator
Tom Tierney .... construction
Tom Tierney .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Nick Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Peter Baldock .... sound designer
David Briggs .... sound: London
Ricky Butt .... foley artist
Chris Campion .... sound recordist
Ben Carr .... effects editor
Tim Dyer .... boom operator: second unit
Douglas Fairgrieve .... sound recordist: second unit (as Dougie Fairgrieve)
Michael Feinberg .... dialogue: sound and foley editor (as Mike Feinberg)
Alan Green .... boom operator: London
Andrea King .... foley artist
Graham McCormick .... boom operator
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Straker .... re-recording mixer
Andrew Walsh .... sound assistant (as Andy Walsh)
 
Special Effects by
Mike Crowley .... special effects
Jody Taylor .... special effects senior technician
 
Visual Effects by
Faye Brown .... graphics
John Browning .... visual effects
Charlotte Collings .... di producer
Brad Coomber .... graphics
Rob Ellis .... visual effects artist
Mike Fraser .... executive producer: Prime Focus
Sascha Fromeyer .... digital compositor
Reuben Goodyear .... di producer
Jonathan Hills .... visual effects
Ben McIlveen .... manager: red rushes
Tom Russell .... senior colourist
Anne Trotman .... visual effects artist
Kai Van Beers .... digital imaging colour management
Dean Watkins .... di producer
Christopher Watson-Wood .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
David Goodall .... fight director
Sandy Laird .... double: horse riding
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Curtis Rivers .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Anderson .... focus puller: third unit
Steve Arthur .... gaffer
Julie Bills .... additional camera operator
Francesco Bori .... camera assistant: Oxford crew
Donald Campbell .... electrician
Brown Cooper .... director of photography: Dallas
Luke Coulter .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mark Dempsey .... digital imaging technician
Ron Diggory .... electrician
Dennis Dillon .... grip: London
Graham Findlayson .... camera trainee
Mark French .... gaffer: London
Kathleen Friend .... camera operator: third unit
Anthony Holt .... camera facilities coordinator
Keith Hunt .... genny operator
Graeme Hunter .... still photographer
Rich Jobling .... data wrangler
Damian Leitch .... camera assistant
David Littlejohns .... grip assistant (as Dave Littlejohn)
Andrew Mits M'Itwamwari .... focus puller (as Andrew Mitwamwari)
Donald MacSween .... data wrangler
Vlad Martins .... data wrangler (as Vlad Martins Cristovao)
Grant McPhee .... camera assistant
Dave Miller .... second unit photography
Mark Morley .... grip: London
Dave Morrison .... key grip
Peter Murphy .... electrician
Kevin O'Brien .... a-camera / steadicam operator
Ross O'Brien .... electrician (as Robert Ross O'Brien)
Greer Pester .... camera trainee
John Rhymer .... rigger
Niall Smith .... best boy
Dave Thom .... electrician (as David Thom)
Scott Ward .... epk
Christopher Watson-Wood .... camera: Oxford (as Chris Watson-Wood)
James Webber .... special features camera
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harriet Edmonds .... costume assistant
Louise Egan .... costume buyer
April Gilchrist .... wardrobe dailies
Elizabeth Healy .... costume supervisor
Anne Hiner .... costume trainee
John Laurie .... costume assistant
Sally-Gay McCann .... wardrobe dailies
Stevie McTear .... costumes: Queens of May
Angela Robertson .... wardrobe dailies
Eleanor Welch .... costume trainee
Jessie Gelpke .... costume researcher (uncredited)
Mona Kastell .... costume trainee (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Fraser Cleland .... on-line editor
David Greathead .... assistant editor
Ben McIlveen .... on-line editor
Gene Mendoza .... color timer
Sunil Rao .... on-line editor
 
Location Management
Kim Davis .... location manager: Texas
Tom Jenkins .... location manager: second unit
Danny Khoudary .... location assistant
Brodie Pringle .... location manager
 
Music Department
Keith Casdale .... assistant engineer: and producer
Keith Easdale .... additional music: and songs
John Fiddy .... assistant to composer
Stuart Glasgow .... music supervisor
John Kane .... musician: accordion
Ian Maclay .... orchestra: managing director
Kenny McLeod .... assistant engineer
Jeremy Murphy .... assistant engineer
Emma Pollock .... studio manager
Duncan Riddell .... concert master
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music performers (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Patrick Savage .... musician
Paul Savage .... studio manager
Aaron C. Shang .... musician
Gary Thomas .... engineer
Richard Todman .... music editor
Alex Watson .... technical engineer
 
Transportation Department
Martin Auld .... unit driver
Alex Devine .... transport captain
Peter Duncan .... vehicle provided by
Russell Dunsmore .... unit driver
Andy Finnie .... unit driver (as Andrew Finnie)
Mario Formasimo .... vehicle provided by
Andrew Franzkowiak .... driver (as Andy Franzkowiak)
Sean Healey .... driver
Drew Moore .... minibus driver
Jim Welch .... limousine driver
 
Other crew
Bozena Bienkowska .... cat handler
Bozena Bienkowska .... cat wrangler
Michelle Brodie .... unit medical staff
Saporito Caffe .... caterer
Dorothy Connolley .... script supervisor (as Dot Connolley)
Matthew Cooper .... additional floor runner (as Mathew Cooper)
Katie Crook .... assistant coordinator
Richard Duriez .... with the help of: Film Oxford
Cody Faucett .... production assistant
Rachel Fiddes .... additional assistant coordinator
Andrew Franzkowiak .... runner (as Andy Franzkowiak)
Mike Fraser .... post consultant
Jamie Gavin .... floor runner
John Goffin .... cat wrangler
Aashish Gudka .... auditor
Greg Harris .... production secretary
Rebecca Hawkes .... technical services: Schedule 2
Sean Healey .... runner
Sheila Johnson .... additional script supervisor
Debbie Jones .... coordinator: Oxford
Terry Keenan .... horse master
Andy Maas .... production company assistant
Sirish Malde .... auditor
Izzie Martin .... assistant: to Robin Hardy
Joanna Matthews .... additional floor runner
Jacqui McBride .... assistant accountant (as Jacqueline McBride)
Joyce Miller .... horse master
Jennifer Mitchell .... unit medical staff
Alexander Montague-Sparey .... choreography: London
Lisa Neely .... production accountant
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist
Christian Otty .... additional floor runner
Nick Pearson .... nurse
Karen Redfern .... technical consultant
Karen Redfern .... technical services: Schedule 2
Morven Ross .... production company assistant (as Morven McPherson)
Hitesh Shah .... post-production accountant
David Simons .... additional floor runner
Julie Saleh Soliman .... raven handler
Moyra Statham .... unit medical staff
Linda Stewart .... unit medical staff
Susan Stewart .... unit medical staff
Andy Wallace .... caterer
Chloe Westbury .... caterer
 
Thanks
John Henry Lachlan Althea .... special thanks
Christopher Bond .... thanks
Henrietta Gourlay .... thanks
Jim Hogg .... thanks
Brian McNeill .... the producers wish to thank: permission to adapt the lyrics of his song "The Yew Tree"
Anne Watson-Wood .... thanks
Edward Woodward .... in memoriam: 1930-2009
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality, nudity and violence
Runtime:
96 min
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robin Hardy had originally written the part of Sir Lachlan Morrison for Christopher Lee. However, while filming The Resident (2011), Lee injured his back after tripping over power cables on set. Although extremely disappointed, Hardy cast the actor who was originally playing Beame, Graham McTavish in Lee's role, with actor Clive Russell taking over the part of Beame. Still wanting to include Lee, Hardy quickly wrote a cameo role for him. He appears Sir Lachlan's mentor in a flashback.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Steve is laying in bed his shorts are white with red and blue plaid pattern. When we see him through the eyes of the raven, they are dark blue overall, and after the raven leaves they are back to the red, blue and white plaid shorts.See more »
Quotes:
Young Lachlan:You often said that what you believe is the natural order of things , the food chain cruel or begnin for you everything under the sun happens... just happens... that's just fateSee more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Simpsons" (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Fruity SongSee more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes, dead is better., 6 May 2012
Author: cjmccracken from Ireland

Admittedly, you could have taken a 6 inch brush and coloured me sceptical for this one. I am a huge fan of the original Wicker Man (less so of the Nicolas Cage version) and so it was with apprehension and doubt that I ventured into this sequel of sorts. The one saving grace may have been the close involvement of Robin Hardy, the original author and director of the Christopher Lee classic.

Lee was pencilled in to star in this movie but unfortunately health problems excluded him from doing so, his appearance is stripped down to a very incidental flashback scene, yet his name still rides high in the opening credits. This is only the first disappointment that you will experience when it comes to The Wicker Tree.

It is essential to be fair and state that it is far from the worst horror movie you will see this year, as it has a certain amount of redeeming features. The problem is the unfortunate fact that it will always have to stand comparison to the original, a movie which has cemented itself as an indisputable classic.

One of the primary difficulties which The Wicker Tree stumbles to overcome is the overall tone of the movie. It can't seem to decide whether it's a knowing and acerbic in-joke, a serious thriller or a humorous homage to its predecessor. This is one of the main reasons that it fails to have any definite resonance with the viewer, although it doesn't make it difficult to watch. There are some beautifully composed shots of the unforgiving Scottish countryside and a particularly handsome raven, but there's so little going on under the surface that it quickly becomes the equivalent of a rushed meal at a fast food restaurant, complete with the subsequent guilt, nausea and comedown.

The American leads are satisfactory in that all they have to do is play vacuous Evangelist Christians, sent over on a mission to the remote Scottish village. The villagers are played for comic relief rather than any form or actual menace and so the inevitable 'scene' that we're all waiting for the entire movie is played out like a community centre theatrical production of The Wicker Man, only with a slightly bigger budget and more actors.

If you're a Hardy obsessive, by all means give it a shot. If you're unfamiliar with the movie's origins, you'll probably get a few laughs out of it, but that's hardly what one would expect when a story comes from such good original stock. A missed opportunity.

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