The Wicker Man ()

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A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl, who the Pagan locals claim never existed.


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Sergeant Howie
Lord Summerisle
Miss Rose
Alder MacGreagor
Russell Waters ...
Harbour Master
Old Gardener / Gravedigger
Irene Sunters ...
May Morrison (as Irene Sunter)
School Master
Ian Campbell ...
Leslie Blackater ...
Roy Boyd ...
Peter Brewis ...
Barbara Rafferty ...
Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)
Juliet Cadzow ...
Villager on Summerisle (as Juliette Cadzow)
Penny Cluer ...
Michael John Cole ...
Musician (as Michael Cole)
Kevin Collins ...
Old Fisherman
Rowan Morrison (as Geraldine Cowper)
Ian Cutler ...
T.H. Lennox
Myra Forsyth ...
Mrs. Grimmond
P.C. McTaggert
Alison Hughes ...
Fiancée to Howie
Charles Kearney ...
Fiona Kennedy ...
John McGregor ...
Baker (as John Macgregor)
Jimmy MacKenzie ...
Briar (as Jimmy Mackenzie)
Lesley Mackie ...
Daisy (as Leslie Mackie)
Jennifer Martin ...
Myrtle Morrison
Bernard Murray ...
Helen Norman ...
Villager on Summerisle
Lorraine Peters ...
Girl on Grave
Tony Roper ...
Doctor Ewan
Elizabeth Sinclair ...
Villager on Summerisle
Andrew Tompkins ...
Richard Wren ...
Ash Buchanan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
S. Newton Anderson ...
Landers (uncredited)
Parishioner (uncredited)
Mabel Etherington ...
Old Lady Parishioner (uncredited)
Paul Giovanni ...
Musician (uncredited)
Minister (uncredited)
Tina Hart ...
Woman in Yellow Dress with Oak in Green Man Inn (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Villager (uncredited)
George Oliver ...
Parishioner (uncredited)
Ian Selby ...
Old Guy Parishioner Wearing Glasses (uncredited)
Ian Sunderland ...
Antler Man (uncredited)
Parishioner (Singing Hymn in Church) (uncredited)

Directed by

Robin Hardy

Written by

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

Produced by

Peter Snell ... producer

Music by

Paul Giovanni

Cinematography by

Harry Waxman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Eric Boyd-Perkins

Editorial Department

Denis Whitehouse ... assistant editor

Casting By

Maggie Cartier

Art Direction by

Seamus Flannery

Costume Design by

Sue Yelland

Makeup Department

Jan Dorman ... hairdresser
W.T. Partleton ... makeup artist (as Billy Partleton)
John Webber ... assistant make-up (uncredited)

Production Management

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

Ernie Blake ... construction manager (uncredited)
Keith Pain ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Jill Quertier ... property buyer (uncredited)
Richard Rambaut ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Arthur Wicks ... dressing props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Andreas Drost ... german version
Robin Gregory ... sound
Bob Jones ... sound
Vernon Messenger ... sound editor
Richard Daniel ... sound maintenance (uncredited)


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

Camera and Electrical Department

Peter Allwork ... photography: second unit
John Brown ... still photographer
James Devis ... camera operator (as Jimmy Devis)
Mike Drew ... focus puller
Pat Davis ... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Chris Pinnock ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ken Worringham ... clapper loader (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Masada Wilmot ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

Jilda Smith ... location manager

Music Department

Gary Carpenter ... associate musical director
Magnet ... music performers
Peter Brewis ... musician: Jew's harp (uncredited) / musician: harmonica (uncredited) / musician: recorder (uncredited)
Gary Carpenter ... musician: fife (uncredited) / musician: ocarina (uncredited) / musician: piano (uncredited) / musician: recorder (uncredited) / musician: talharpa (uncredited)
Michael John Cole ... musician: concertina (uncredited) / musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Ian Cutler ... musician: violin (uncredited)
James Fitzpatrick ... musician (uncredited)
Mike Frye ... musician: tambourine (uncredited) / musician: tom-tom (uncredited)
Paul Giovanni ... lyricist (uncredited) / musician: guitar (uncredited) / singer (uncredited)
Walter Kerr ... singer (uncredited)
Lesley Mackie ... singer (uncredited)
Bernard Murray ... musician: hand drum (uncredited)
Sally Presant ... singer (uncredited)
Nic Raine ... musician (uncredited)
Peter Shaffer ... lyricist (uncredited)
John Timperley ... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Andrew Tompkins ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Rachel Verney ... singer (uncredited)
Bruce Watson ... musician: bagpipes (uncredited)
Gareth Williams ... performer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Susanna Merry ... continuity (as Sue Merry)

Additional Crew

Micheline Charest ... presenter in association with: The Final Cut
Larry Gordon ... presenter: The Final Cut
Beryl Harvey ... production secretary
Stuart Hopps ... choreographer (as Stewart Hopps)
Frank Law ... publicist
Ronald A. Weinberg ... presenter in association with: The Final Cut
Roger Corman ... creative consultant (uncredited)
Mercedes de Dunewic ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jack Hawtree ... cashier (uncredited)
Craig Miller ... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Annie Ross ... voice dubbing: Britt Ekland (uncredited)
Earnie Shepherd ... production accountant (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 $810,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The "evil eye" rowing boat, which takes Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) to and from his plane, was not constructed for this movie. It belonged to a resident of Plockton. Upon seeing it, the producers decided it would suit the movie. The boat survived until 2004 when it was destroyed in a storm. 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 »
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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 »
Quotes Lord Summerisle: Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.
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