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Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 3 October 1965 (USA)
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Roman Polanski (original screenplay), Gérard Brach (original screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... Carol
Ian Hendry ... Michael
John Fraser ... Colin
Yvonne Furneaux ... Helen
Patrick Wymark ... Landlord
Renee Houston ... Miss Balch
Valerie Taylor ... Madame Denise
James Villiers ... John
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Bridget
Hugh Futcher ... Reggie
Monica Merlin Monica Merlin ... Mrs. Rendlesham
Imogen Graham Imogen Graham ... Manicurist
Mike Pratt ... Workman
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Storyline

In London, Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux shares an apartment with her older sister Helen, and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanor, which is almost like she walks around in a daze, rarely speaking up about anything. When she does speak up, it generally is about something against one of those few issues on which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. That specific issue may be more about men in general than just Michael's actions, as witnessed by Carol being agitated by hearing Helen and Michael's lovemaking, and she not being able to rebuff the advances effectively of a male suitor, Colin, who is infatuated with her. One of those other obsessive issues is noticing cracks and always wanting to fix them. While Helen and Michael leave on a vacation to Pisa, Italy, Carol chooses largely to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work. There, she is almost hypnotized... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The nightmare world of a virgin's dreams becomes the screen's shocking reality! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film was shot in black and white by Gilbert Taylor, who had recently worked on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and A Hard Day's Night (1964). Taylor photographed the apartments of female friends in Kensington for inspiration. See more »

Goofs

The position between shots of the telephone and the envelope changes when Carol picks up the rabbit and goes to answer the phone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Rendlesham: Have you fallen asleep?
Carol: Oh, I'm sorry.
Mrs. Rendlesham: I think you must be in love or something.
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Alternate Versions

Entertainment Programs Inc. DVD release only runs 100 minutes (despite the 105 minute running time listed on the package). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Machinist (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Seduzione Al Buio
Written, Arranged and Conducted by John Scott
Performed by John Scott and Chico Hamilton
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User Reviews

 
Terrifying and well-made movie.
20 November 2000 | by philiponelSee all my reviews

This young woman's descent into insanity is so well documented that you truly thank God that it is not you that is going through this. Leave it to Roman Polanski to scare the hell out of you! I was grieving the death of someone who was very close to me when I saw this movie, and this movie snapped me out of that grief; the awareness that it could always be worse helped. Highly recommended.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Repulsion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,174
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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