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The Exorcism of Hugh (1972)

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (original title)
This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. ... See full summary »

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Fred Burnley

Writers:

Rosemary Davies (additional dialogue), Gordon Honeycombe (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hampshire ... Anna Robinson
Frank Finlay ... George Dabernon
Michael Petrovitch ... Hugh Dabernon
Michael Craze ... Collie Delamare
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Dr. Irving
Betty Duncan Betty Duncan ... Mrs. MacKay
David Garth ... Mr. MacKay
Anthony Booth ... Delamare (as Tony Booth)
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Storyline

This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story. Written by Ørnås

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A bizarre story of love, life and death.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exorcism of Hugh See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Title comes from a quotation:- Neither the sea nor the sand will kill their love, nor the wind take it away from them. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, the flowers Collie carries frequently change from being in bloom to not being in bloom. See more »

Quotes

George Dabernon: When does a man die? Who knows what happens in the moment of death? The soul doesn't die, simply leaves the body. But what if it didn't? If it went on living in a dead body? A prisoner, in a body decaying around it. Is it possible? What is possible?
Anna Robinson: Hugh was not dead.
George Dabernon: If it weren't for you, this would never have happened. He's possessed, isn't he? Possessed by you. You're a witch, trafficking with the Devil. You have conjured an evil spirit into his dead body.
Anna Robinson: My love for him has given him life...
George Dabernon:
Anna Robinson:
George Dabernon:
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Crazy Credits

[epilogue] "Neither the sea nor the sand will kill their love, Nor the wind take it in envy from them...." See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit a sex scene between Hugh and Anna. The 2008 Odeon DVD is fully uncut. See more »

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Sous le Sable
21 February 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

If the director had not died in 1975,he could almost have thought of suing François Ozon whose "Sous Le Sable" ("Under the Sand")bears more than a distant resemblance to "Neither the Sea..."The 2000 work ,starring Charlotte Rampling and Bruno Cremer is certainly more satisfying ,but it owes a lot to the obscure (at least in France) screenwriters of this movie.

Direction is amateurish ,and it's really a pity because there were potentially great scenes ,particularly this one when Susan Hampshire keeps on repeating in the car "Talk to me!Don't look at me that way!"There's also a good use of E.Browning's poem ("I shall but love thee better after death").Puritanism shows in the first half:George's brother makes Anna realize she is not really the welcome in the house.The woman says that "they were punished because they lived a life of sin".

The main problem lies in the fact that the "living dead" should not have been "seen " by the others.François Ozon did not fall in the same trap.People who liked this movie should try and see his work too.


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