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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.

Director:

Jim Sharman

Writers:

Richard O'Brien (original musical play), Jim Sharman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Curry ... Dr. Frank-N-Furter - A Scientist
Susan Sarandon ... Janet Weiss - A Heroine
Barry Bostwick ... Brad Majors - A Hero
Richard O'Brien ... Riff Raff - A Handyman
Patricia Quinn ... Magenta - A Domestic
Nell Campbell ... Columbia - A Groupie (as Little Nell)
Jonathan Adams ... Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist
Peter Hinwood ... Rocky Horror - A Creation
Meat Loaf ... Eddie - Ex Delivery Boy (as Meatloaf)
Charles Gray ... The Criminologist - An Expert
Jeremy Newson Jeremy Newson ... Ralph Hapschatt
Hilary Farr ... Betty Munroe (as Hilary Labow)
Pierre Bedenes Pierre Bedenes ... A Transylvanian (as Perry Bedden)
Christopher Biggins ... A Transylvanian
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... A Transylvanian
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Storyline

On a wild and rain-swept late-November evening, somewhere at an empty stretch of road outside Ohio's merry Denton, blissfully-affianced, prudish, boringly-innocent young pair Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) find themselves stranded on their way to visit an ex-tutor. Instead, the couple will inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Tim Curry's) spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the out-of-this-world mad scientist's proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, most daring creation: the ultimate male and the perfect sex symbol: the flaxen-haired Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). But, little by little, as the effervescent transgressive force gobbles up whole the unsuspecting visitors of the night, Brad and Janet slowly begin to embrace the potent fascinations of seduction, while an idolized Rocky roams free in the mansion. Who can interrupt man's union with the absolute pleasure? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

He's the hero -- that's right, the hero!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Tim Curry (Dr. Frank-N-Furter - A Scientist). See more »

Goofs

When performing the floor show, the position of the backdrop and the white curtain changes. On a wide shot, the curtain and the backdrop lettering appears high above the actors. On a narrow shot, the curtain and lettering appear right above their heads. See more »

Quotes

The Criminologist - An Expert: [reading from dictionary] "Emotion: Agitation or disturbance of mind; vehement or excited mental state." It is also a powerful and irrational master. And from what Magenta and Columbia eagerly viewed on their television monitor, there seemed little doubt that Janet was indeed... its slave.
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Crazy Credits

After all the end credits, the theme music stays playing for 40 seconds while screen is black See more »

Alternate Versions

15th Anniversary VHS release from 1990 includes documentary footage of Rocky Horror fans before the film, plus more footage of Rocky Horror audiences dancing to 'The Time Warp' after the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Open All Night: Robin's Return (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me
(uncredited)
Written by Richard O'Brien
Performed by Susan Sarandon, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, and Trevor White
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"Don't dream it, be it!"
18 October 1998 | by nick-96See all my reviews

As an 18 y/o stranded in a small, bible belt town in the sticks of Missouri, I would drive 120 miles every two weeks to St. Louis to the Varsity Theater to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show during the early 80's. For me, it was a chance to live, to breathe free, as anything went; there was no need to conform to any narrow minded conventions, as I felt I had to survive at home. The first time I witnessed Tim Curry flinging open his cape, proudly proclaiming "I'm just a sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania," I knew I'd found a place to be myself. Even now, some 18 years later, that sight still gives me a thrill. Sure, the plot is ridiculous (on second thought, it had more to offer than 80 percent of the crap coming out of Hollywood then and now) and it is loaded with technical flaws. Still, I consider it the greatest film of all time. How many films draw a crowd of regulars weekly, create a sense of community, especially for people who, more than likely, felt as if they were not a part of any community, as I felt? Over the years, I've seen the film 64 times, and when I'm 80 I plan on getting up on my arthritic legs and doing the "Time Warp."


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$112,892,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,253,206
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Chace Surround (Remix for video release)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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