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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ()


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Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

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Sally
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Jerry
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Franklin
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Kirk
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Pam
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Hitchhiker
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Old Man
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Leatherface
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Grandfather
Robert Courtin ...
Window Washer
William Creamer ...
Bearded Man
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Storyteller
Jerry Green ...
Cowboy
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Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan ...
Drunk
Perry Lorenz ...
Pick Up Driver
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Levie Isaacks ...
Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tobe Hooper

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Kim Henkel ... (screenplay by) and
Tobe Hooper ... (screenplay by)
 
Kim Henkel ... (story by)

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Kim Henkel ... associate producer
Tobe Hooper ... producer
Jay Parsley ... executive producer
Richard Saenz ... associate producer

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Wayne Bell ... (music score)
Tobe Hooper ... (music score)

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Daniel Pearl

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J. Larry Carroll ... (as Larry Carroll)
Sallye Richardson

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Robert A. Burns

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W.E. Barnes ... makeup: grandfather's (as W. E. Barnes)
Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist (as Dorothy Pearl)

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Ron Bozman ... production manager (as Ronald Bozman)

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Sallye Richardson ... assistant director

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Wayne Bell ... boom man / post-production sound
Jay M. Harding ... dubbing mixer (as Jay Harding)
Paul Harrison ... rerecording
Robert Knudson ... dubbing mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Ted Nicolaou ... location sound recording
Jesse Mestas ... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Michael J. White ... sound re-recording mixer: home video version (uncredited)
Patrick Yacono ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Dean W. Miller ... special effects (uncredited)

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Mary Church ... stunts
Perry Lorenz ... stunt driver

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Tobe Hooper ... additional photography
Lynn Lockwood ... lighting (as Lynn Lochwood)
J. Michael McClary ... camera assistant
Lou Perryman ... assistant cameraman
Rod Ponton ... grip
Lynn Scherwitz ... key grip (as Linn Scherwitz)

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George Baetz ... production assistant
Jerry Bellnoski ... production assistant
Mary Church ... script girl
Jim Crow ... production assistant
Paula Eaton ... production assistant
Tom Foote ... production assistant
Paulette Gochnour ... production assistant
Sally Nicolaou Hamilton ... production assistant (as Sally Nicolau)
Charlie Loving ... production assistant
N.C. Parsley ... production assistant (as N. C. Parsley)
Robert Pustejowski ... production assistant (as Robert Pustejovski)
David Spaw ... production assistant
Ray Spaw ... production assistant
Erik Karsen Puhm ... commentary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills... Written by Michael Brooke

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Taglines The idyllic summer's day that became a nightmare of fear and blood... [UK Video] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Stalking Leatherface (United States)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (United States)
  • Leatherface (United States)
  • Headcheese (United States)
  • Massacre à la tronçonneuse (France)
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  • 83 min
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Budget $300,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Marilyn Burns, whose character was chased by Leatherface through the undergrowth, actually cut herself on the branches quite badly, so a lot of the blood on her body and clothes is real. See more »
Goofs The blood the hitchhiker smears on the van is gone in the long shot a few seconds later. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Filmgore (1983). See more »
Soundtracks Fool for a Blonde See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. AUGUST 18, 1973 See more »
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Narrator: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
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