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The Wicker Man ()


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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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Sergeant Howie
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Lord Summerisle
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Miss Rose
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Willow
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Librarian
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Alder MacGreagor
Russell Waters ...
Harbour Master
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Old Gardener / Gravedigger
Irene Sunters ...
May Morrison (as Irene Sunter)
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School Master
Ian Campbell ...
Oak
Leslie Blackater ...
Hairdresser
Roy Boyd ...
Broome
Peter Brewis ...
Musician
Barbara Rafferty ...
Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)
Juliet Cadzow ...
Villager on Summerisle (as Juliette Cadzow)
Ross Campbell ...
Communicant
Penny Cluer ...
Gillie
Michael John Cole ...
Musician (as Michael Cole)
Kevin Collins ...
Old Fisherman
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Rowan Morrison (as Geraldine Cowper)
Ian Cutler ...
Musician
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T.H. Lennox
Myra Forsyth ...
Mrs. Grimmond
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P.C. McTaggert
Alison Hughes ...
Fiancée to Howie
Charles Kearney ...
Butcher
Fiona Kennedy ...
Holly
John McGregor ...
Baker (as John Macgregor)
Jimmy MacKenzie ...
Briar (as Jimmy Mackenzie)
Lesley Mackie ...
Daisy (as Leslie Mackie)
Jennifer Martin ...
Myrtle Morrison
Bernard Murray ...
Musician
Helen Norman ...
Villager on Summerisle
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Girl on Grave
Tony Roper ...
Postman
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Doctor Ewan
Elizabeth Sinclair ...
Villager on Summerisle
Andrew Tompkins ...
Musician
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Communicant
Richard Wren ...
Ash Buchanan
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Fishmonger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
S. Newton Anderson ...
Landers (uncredited)
Paul Giovanni ...
Musician (uncredited)
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Minister (uncredited)

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Robin Hardy

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Anthony Shaffer ... (screenplay)
 
David Pinner ... (novel "Ritual") (uncredited)

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Peter Snell ... producer

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Paul Giovanni

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Harry Waxman ... director of photography

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Eric Boyd-Perkins

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Denis Whitehouse ... assistant editor

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Maggie Cartier

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Seamus Flannery

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Sue Yelland

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Jan Dorman ... hairdresser
W.T. Partleton ... makeup artist (as Billy Partleton)

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Mike Gowans ... unit manager
Ted Morley ... production manager

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Jake Wright ... assistant director
Brian W. Cook ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Vic Smith ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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Jill Quertier ... property buyer (uncredited)
Richard Rambaut ... assistant art director (uncredited)

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Robin Gregory ... sound
Bob Jones ... sound
Vernon Messenger ... sound editor

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Bronco McLoughlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Lorraine Peters ... body double: Britt Ekland (uncredited)

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Peter Allwork ... photography: second unit
John Brown ... still photographer
James Devis ... camera operator (as Jimmy Devis)
Mike Drew ... focus puller
Alec Paterson ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Chris Pinnock ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ken Worringham ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Masada Wilmot ... wardrobe supervisor

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Jilda Smith ... location manager

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Gary Carpenter ... associate musical director
Magnet ... music performers

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Beryl Harvey ... production secretary
Stuart Hopps ... choreographer (as Stewart Hopps)
Frank Law ... publicist
Susanna Merry ... continuity (as Sue Merry)
Craig Miller ... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Annie Ross ... dubbing voice: Britt Ekland (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 source of life. That procreation does not necessarily need to be within marriage, and openly flaunts the act of sex, both in private and in public. These beliefs do not sit well against Howie's strict Christian morals, he who regularly attends church, prays, and accepts communion. Everything that happens on the island seems to be dictated by Lord Summerisle, whose ancestors bought the island generations ago. Howie begins to believe that Rowan was murdered, she a sacrifice by the islanders to their higher power to ensure a bountiful apple crop - the main crop of the island - which did not materialize last season. With May Day approaching, Howie not only tries to find out if Rowan was indeed murdered/sacrificed, which includes trying to locate her body, but if there will be another sacrifice on this important day within the cycle of life. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Anthony Shaffer's The Wicker Man (United Kingdom)
  • The Wickerman (Europe, English title)
  • El hombre de mimbre (Spain)
  • El culto siniestro (Argentina)
  • Kult (Poland)
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  • 88 min
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Budget GBP500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Christopher Lee agreed to appear in this film for free. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Scream Greats, Vol. 2: Satanism and Witchcraft (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Corn Rigs See more »
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 »
Quotes Lord Summerisle: Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.
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