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Carrie (1976)

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director:

Brian De Palma

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Carrie
Piper Laurie ... Margaret White
Amy Irving ... Sue Snell
William Katt ... Tommy Ross
John Travolta ... Billy Nolan
Nancy Allen ... Chris Hargensen
Betty Buckley ... Miss Collins
P.J. Soles ... Norma
Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Snell
Sydney Lassick ... Mr. Fromm
Stefan Gierasch ... Mr. Morton
Michael Talbott ... Freddy
Doug Cox ... The Beak
Harry Gold Harry Gold ... George
Noelle North Noelle North ... Frieda
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Storyline

It's nearing the end of the school year. High school senior Carrie White is a social outcast, largely due to being unwise to the ways of the world based on her upbringing. Her mother, Margaret White, is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. She even believes natural associated processes such as menstruation are a sin, about which she has refused to mention to Carrie. Mrs. White's beliefs were taken to that extreme largely because of her own failed marriage and her husband Ralph long ago having run off with another woman. The only adult authority figure who tries to help Carrie with her life is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins, who is nonetheless warned not to get too close to go against how Mrs. White chooses to raise Carrie, Mrs. White whose beliefs are well known in the community. An impromptu event that happens among Carrie's phys ed classmates against her leads to her classmates being punished. One of those students, ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Carrie may look perfectly innocent, but she'll shock you right out of your seat... and that's a promise! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,800,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Red Bank Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An early draft of the screenplay had Margaret reciting a verse from the Bible, just before she attacks Carrie with a large knife. Said verse recounts the prophet Jeremiah's use of a flawed vase to illustrate for the Hebrews how Judea had become a wicked nation by rejecting God; as it could no longer serve God's cause, the only way He could make a good nation was to destroy this one and start over.

In this speech, Margaret likens Carrie to a flawed vessel who can no longer serve the Lord's purpose for her and therefore must be destroyed so that He can begin anew. Never does it occur to Margaret that such applies more to herself than it does to her daughter; having been raised with torture and mistrust instead of with love or sympathy, Carrie has come to view God and Satan as one and the same. Such is one of very few things she has in common with her mother, who also fails to recognize the difference between good and evil; Margaret's constant denouncement and persecution of everybody and everything around her (because she considers it to be sinful) has prevented her from ever being well and truly righteous (shades of Rod Serling's FOUR O'CLOCK). See more »

Goofs

When Miss Collins is pacing in the principal's office after the shower incident, she pauses in front of his desk. Carrie's blood is visible on her shorts, making the principal uncomfortable. She then continues pacing around the office and the blood disappears. Although she is moving, her sweatshirt would not move that much as to cover all traces of the blood. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Collins: Okay! Game Point: 15-14, this team serves!
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Alternate Versions

Even though the version shown on TBS is censored, the "Carrie White eats shit" graffiti is visible in the gym when Miss Collins lectures the girls who humiliated Carrie. See more »

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Soundtracks

There Is Power in the Blood
(uncredited)
Written by Lewis E. Jones
Performed by Piper Laurie
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One of DePalma's best
26 September 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

High school misfit Carrie (Sissy Spacek) unleashes her telekinetic fury on her tormentors. This was a huge hit in 1976 and scared me silly. It doesn't scare me now (except for the closing sequence), but I still think it's a good solid horror film beautifully handled by Brian De Palma. It moves quickly, has some beautiful imagery (everything is shot soft focus with muted color) and has almost uniformally good performances. The only bad one is by John Travolta way out of his depth playing a hood. Amy Irving (as a student who befriends Carrie), William Katt (with a very 70s afro), Nancy Allen (playing a real bitch), Betty Buckley (so young and full of energy) and P.J. Soles (silly but bearable) are all perfect. But Spacek is superb matched by Piper Laurie who is very scary and marvelous as her deranged, religious mother. Also the film is (by today's standards) very restrained in terms of blood and gore. And the final sequence will make you jump (also notice the cars in the background during that--they're moving backwards!) Only complaints--De Palma REALLY hates some of the high school kids--you feel like like he's working out some personal issues here. And did we really need the slow-mo shower sequence at the beginning? That aside--this is a great film. See it letter boxed.


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