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Witchfinder General ()


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A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch-hunter when the latter terrorizes his fiancée and kills her uncle.

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Matthew Hopkins
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Richard Marshall
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John Lowes
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Sara (as Hilary Dwyer)
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John Stearne (voice)
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Trooper Swallow
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Salter
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Fisherman / voiced Robert Russell's part
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Webb
Michael Beint ...
Captain Gordon
John Trenaman ...
Trooper Harcourt (as John Treneman)
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Gifford
Paul Ferris ...
Paul (as Morris Jar)
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Elizabeth
Peter Haigh ...
Lavenham Magistrate
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Hanged Woman
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Old Woman
Peter Thomas ...
Farrier
Edward Palmer ...
Shepherd
David Webb ...
Jailer
Lee Peters ...
Sergeant
David Lyell ...
Footsoldier
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Sentry
Martin Terry ...
Hoxne Innkeeper
Jack Lynn ...
Brandeston Innkeeper
Beaufoy Milton ...
Priest
Dennis Thorne ...
Villager
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Villager
Toby Lenon ...
Old Man (as Toby Lennon)
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Girl at Inn (as Maggie Nolan)
Sally Douglas ...
Girl at Inn
Donna Reading ...
Girl at Inn
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Cromwell
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Master Loach (as Wilfred Brambell)
Gillian Aldam ...
Young Woman in Cell (as Gillian Aldham)
Philip Waddilove ...
Soldier
Derek Ware ...
Boy at Hoxne Inn
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Magistrate
Susi Field ...
Girl at Inn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tasma Bereton ...
Girl at Inn (uncredited)
Sally Geeson ...
Maid (uncredited)
David Reynolds-Lacey ...
Unconscious Drunk in Tavern (uncredited)
Sandy Seagar ...
Girl at Inn (uncredited)
Ronald Soar ...
Villager (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Reeves

Written by

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Tom Baker ... (screenplay) and
Michael Reeves ... (screenplay)
 
Louis M. Heyward ... (additional scenes)
 
Ronald Bassett ... (novel)
 
Edgar Allan Poe ... (poem "The Conqueror Worm") (uncredited)

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Samuel Z. Arkoff ... executive producer (uncredited)
Louis M. Heyward ... producer
Arnold L. Miller ... producer (as Arnold Miller)
James H. Nicholson ... executive producer (uncredited)
Tony Tenser ... executive producer
Philip Waddilove ... producer

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Paul Ferris

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John Coquillon ... (photographed by)

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Howard Lanning

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Marion Curren ... assistant editor
Jonathan Morris ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Freddie Vale

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Jim Morahan

Makeup Department

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Dorrie Hamilton ... makeup artist (as Dore Hamilton)
Henry Montsash ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Ricky Coward ... production manager

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Ian Goddard ... assistant director
Iain Lawrence ... assistant director

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Dennis Cantell ... construction manager
Sid Davies ... props
Freddie Harrison ... props (as Fred Harrison)
Jimmy James ... set dresser
Peter Sheilds ... assistant art director (as Peter Shields)
Andrew Low ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dennis Lanning ... dubbing editor
Paul Le Mare ... sound recordist
Hugh Strain ... sound mixer
Helena Lanning ... foley artist (uncredited)
Alan Lavender ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Roger Dicken ... special effects

Stunts

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Gillian Aldam ... stunt double: Maggie Kimberly (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gerry Anstiss ... camera operator (as Gerry Anstice)
Tony Breeze ... camera assistant
Jack Dooley ... still photographer
Brian Elvin ... camera operator
Chris Reynolds ... camera assistant
Laurie Shane ... gaffer
Freddie Williams ... grip
Bob Bremner ... best boy (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill Thompson ... wardrobe (as Jill Thomson)

Location Management

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Euan Pearson ... location manager

Music Department

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Paul Ferris ... conductor
Kenneth V. Jones ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Kendall Schmidt ... composer: US video release (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Lorna Selwyn ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Jack Dawe ... publicist (as Jack Daw)
Pat O'Donnell ... production secretary
Tony Tenser ... presenter
Andrew P. Kirkham ... dvd producer [gb] (uncredited)
Tony Tenser ... director of additional scenes: export version (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

England is torn in civil strife as the Royalists battle the Parliamentary Party for control. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain local power by exploiting village superstitions. One of these men is Matthew Hopkins, who tours the land offering his services as a persecutor of witches. Aided by his sadistic accomplice John Stearne, he travels from city to city and wrenches confessions from "witches" in order to line his pockets and gain sexual favors. When Hopkins persecutes a priest, he incurs the wrath of Richard Marshall, who is engaged to the priest's niece. Risking treason by leaving his military duties, Marshall relentlessly pursues the evil Hopkins and his minion Stearne. Written by Ed Sutton

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Taglines The Year's Most Violent Film! [UK Theatrical] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General (United Kingdom)
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Conqueror Worm (United States)
  • The Conqueror Worm (United States)
  • Matthew Hopkins: Conqueror Worm (United States)
  • Le grand inquisiteur (France)
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Runtime
  • 86 min
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Budget $175,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Vincent Price regarded his performance here as the finest of his horror movie career. See more »
Goofs The end titles conclude with the familiar, "All persons depicted... entirely fictional... any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental" - and yet, not only was the title character a real person, but also the film features an appearance by Oliver Cromwell. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Conqueror Worm (1973). See more »
Quotes Matthew Hopkins: Men sometimes have strange motives for the things they do.
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