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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 whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sergeant Howie
... Lord Summerisle
... Miss Rose
... Willow
... Librarian
Lindsay Kemp ... Alder MacGreagor
Russell Waters ... Harbour Master
... Old Gardener / Gravedigger
Irene Sunters ... May Morrison (as Irene Sunter)
... School Master
Ian Campbell ... Oak
Leslie Blackater ... Hairdresser
Roy Boyd ... Broome
Peter Brewis ... Musician
Barbara Rafferty ... Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)
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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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...A totally corrupt shocker from the author of "Sleuth" and "Frenzy"! See more »


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7 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El culto siniestro  »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 2003, the Crichton Campus of the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway hosted a three-day conference on the film. The conference led to two collections of articles about the film. See more »

Goofs

On May Day, when Sgt Howie attempts to leave the island , the establishing shot of the harbor shows the plane moving across the surface of the water under the power of its propeller. It looks as if Sgt Howie is leaving or someone in another plane is landing. However, we find out in the subsequent scenes that Sgt Howie discovers that his plane is disabled and will not start, stranding him on the island. See more »

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[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 »

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Oranges and Lemons
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Traditional English nursery rhyme
[Played on bagpipes at the head-chopping ceremony]
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A quite unique Pagan-mystery-horror-thriller
31 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

A quite unique and very creative mystery horror.

Superb acting from Edward Woodward as the prim Seargant Howie, and Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle. Fascinating from start to finish and a real twister of a plot that keeps you hooked right until the final twenty minutes, what appears at first sight to be an innocent search for a missing girl turns into a fascinating exploration of pagan rituals on a remote and sex obsessed Scottish island.

One of the best elements of the film is the classic early 70's folk soundtrack which gives indication of how the era in which this was filmed influenced the subject matter.

Definitely not a 'horror' in the true sense of the word, but more mysterious and chilling than any gore-fest. A quality piece of cinema!


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