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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 »

Director:

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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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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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: ...
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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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A love/ghost story that's a ghost of a story.
6 March 2001 | by eye3See all my reviews

To list three red-flags of this low-budget, undeveloped, under-written production:

* Wardrobe was cast bringing three changes of clothing.

* Locale change - from Jersey Island to Scottish shores - has no effect on threadbare story.

* First act was slow, undeveloped and had me fast-forwarding. The breaking waves had the best lines - all too often, the only lines.

The one plus is the sex scene between the two lead characters. A young Susan Hampshire in bed straddling atop from my POV fits my idea of nocturnal Heaven perfectly. Probably, she took the part to get a tasteful sex scene in her resume (hey, it was the '70s.)

Sad to say, it wasn't enough. This picture bored me so badly I can't even work up the bile to give this a worse review.


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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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