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The Wicker Man (1973)

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A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

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Robin Hardy

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Woodward ... Sergeant Howie
Christopher Lee ... Lord Summerisle
Diane Cilento ... Miss Rose
Britt Ekland ... Willow
Ingrid Pitt ... Librarian
Lindsay Kemp ... Alder MacGreagor
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Harbour Master
Aubrey Morris ... Old Gardener / Gravedigger
Irene Sunters Irene Sunters ... May Morrison (as Irene Sunter)
Walter Carr ... School Master
Ian Campbell Ian Campbell ... Oak
Leslie Blackater Leslie Blackater ... Hairdresser
Roy Boyd Roy Boyd ... Broome
Peter Brewis Peter Brewis ... Musician
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)
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Storyline

On Sunday, April 29, 1973, Sergeant Neil Howie with the West Highland Constabulary flies solo to Summerisle off the coast of Scotland. He is there to follow up on a letter addressed specifically to him from an anonymous source on Summerisle reporting that a twelve year old girl who lives on the island, Rowan Morrison, the daughter of May Morrison, has long been missing. The correspondence includes a photograph of Rowan. Upon his arrival on Summerisle, Howie finds that the locals are a seemingly simple minded lot who provide little information beyond the fact that they know of no Rowan Morrison and do not know the girl in the photo. Mrs. Morrison admits to having a daughter, seven year old Myrtle, but no Rowan. As Howie speaks to more and more people, he begins to believe that Rowan does or did live on the island, but that the locals are hiding their knowledge of her. He also begins to see that the locals all have pagan beliefs, their "religion" which centers on procreation as the ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El culto siniestro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,493, 29 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,891, 10 January 2014
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Sir Christopher Lee, Michael Deeley told him to his face that this was one of the ten worst movies he had ever seen. Lee added that Deeley didn't stand up when Lee's wife entered the room. Deeley denies saying this, but Lee insisted it happened. In his 2008 autobiography, "Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies", Deeley referred to Lee as "chief whiner", and said he had "paranoia". See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which the boys are dancing and singing round the Maypole,none of the children's lips are moving although we hear singing on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sergeant Howie: [yelling] Will you send a dinghy, please?
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Crazy Credits

[Short Version only] A message from the producers thanks "The Lord Summerisle and the people of his island" for co-operating in the making of the film. This is despite both the lord and the island being totally fictitious. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 95 min version also exists that has the events in chronological order (unlike the 87 min version) but omits all footage prior to Sgt. Howie's arrival on Summerisle. See more »

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Referenced in 'The League of Gentlemen': Behind the Scenes (2000) See more »

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Written by Paul Giovanni
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Love this film.
29 May 2002 | by glennwalsh44See all my reviews

'The Wicker Man' is a great little film I believe because you cannot pigeonhole it. Horror? Not quite. Murder mystery? Not exactly. Action adventure? Hardly. I think this gives the film its unique feel and is the reason I love watching it. The ending is a surprise the first time you see the film, but it still shocks after many viewings too. I don't agree with the comments on here about the music, it is just another of the quirks that gives the film atmosphere. 'Willow's Song' is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written and has been recently recorded by 'The Doves.' And yes, that is my favourite scene in the movie. Britt can dance outside my door anytime. Mmmmm.


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