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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of... See more »

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Sister Jeanne
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Urbain Grandier
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Baron De Laubardemont
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Ibert
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Madeleine
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Mignon
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Father Barre
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Philippe
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Adam
Christopher Logue ...
Cardinal Richelieu
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Louis XIII
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Trincant
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Rangier
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Legrand
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Sister Judith
Catherine Willmer ...
Sister Catherine
Izabella Telezynska ...
Sister Iza (as Iza Teller)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Allen ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Pat Ashton ...
Gossiping woman (uncredited)
Imogen Claire ...
Nun (uncredited)
Barbie Denham ...
Vestal Virgin (uncredited)
Hugh Elton ...
Courtier (uncredited)
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Soldier / Blackbird (uncredited)
Selina Gilbert ...
Nun (uncredited)
Cheryl Grunwald ...
Vestal Virgin (uncredited)
Jack Sharp ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Nun (uncredited)
Doremy Vernon ...
Nun (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ken Russell

Written by

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Ken Russell ... (screenplay)
 
John Whiting ... (based on the play by)
 
Aldous Huxley ... (novel "The Devils of Loudon")

Produced by

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Roy Baird ... associate producer
Ken Russell ... producer
Robert H. Solo ... producer

Music by

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Peter Maxwell Davies

Cinematography by

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David Watkin

Film Editing by

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Michael Bradsell

Editorial Department

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Stuart Baird ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Derek Jarman

Art Direction by

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Robert Cartwright

Costume Design by

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Shirley Russell

Makeup Department

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Ramon Gow ... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker ... makeup artist
Ross Carver ... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Graham Ford ... unit manager
Neville C. Thompson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ted Morley ... assistant director
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

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Terry Apsey ... construction manager
George Ball ... property manager
Derek Jarman ... set designer
Alan Tomkins ... assistant art director
Ian Whittaker ... set dresser
Leslie Dilley ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Bryn Siddall ... property buyer (uncredited)
Tim Wake ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gordon K. McCallum ... sound mixer
Terry Rawlings ... dubbing editor
Brian Simmons ... sound recordist
Rowland Fowles ... boom operator (uncredited)
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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John Richardson ... special effects

Stunts

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Peter Brayham ... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Diamond ... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Ewens ... assistant camera
John Swan ... electrical supervisor
Ronnie Taylor ... camera operator
Robin Browne ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tiny Nicholls ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

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Peter Maxwell Davies ... conductor
David Munrow ... period music arranger and director

Other crew

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Harry Benn ... production controller
Terry Gilbert ... choreographer
Ann Skinner ... continuity
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial. Written by Niz

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Also Known As
  • Ken Russell's Film of The Devils (United Kingdom)
  • Les diables (France)
  • Los demonios (Spain)
  • Дьяволы (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Os diabos (Portugal)
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  • 111 min
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Trivia A major sequence in which the nuns tear down and ravish a life-sized icon of Christ in an orgiastic frenzy was cut from the film and subsequently vanished. Film critic Mark Kermode discovered the footage many years later. Ken Russell was keen to reinstate the scene but found that Warner Brothers were not interested in doing a director's cut. The footage can be seen in a documentary Kermode made about Russell and was subsequently included in an uncut DVD release. See more »
Goofs Early in the movie when Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) is seen grooming his hair. It is a close-up of him supposedly looking at a mirror in the upper left hand corner of the screen, behind the viewer. Obviously there is no mirror as he consistently misses combing the more egregiously messed up parts of his hair and instead repeatedly combs the portions that are already groomed. In fact when he is done, his hair is still messed up. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Russell's Progress (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Bourrée d'Avignon See more »
Quotes Spectators: Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
[Mignon gives Grandier the kiss of peace]
Spectators: Judas! Judas! Judas! Judas!
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