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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... See more »

  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
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Margaret White
Sue Snell
Tommy Ross
Billy Nolan
Chris Hargensen
Miss Collins
Mrs. Snell
Mr. Fromm
Mr. Morton
The Beak
Harry Gold ...
Noelle North ...
Cindy Daly ...
Rory Stevens ...
Cameron De Palma ...
Boy on Bicycle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Gogan (uncredited)
Terry Bolo ...
Trudy Bourne (uncredited)
Afro Guy (uncredited)
Katie Irving ...
Katie O'Shea / The Balladeer (uncredited)
Cynthia Schuler Larsen ...
Alice Litten (uncredited)
Dan Protheroe ...
Bassist - Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
James Saad ...
Drummer & Percussionist - Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
Janie Squire ...
Julia McDermitt (uncredited)
Mike Towers ...
Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)
Glen Vance ...
Vance or Towers (prom band) (uncredited)

Directed by

Brian De Palma

Written by

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

Produced by

Paul Monash ... producer
Louis A. Stroller ... associate producer
Brian De Palma ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Pino Donaggio

Cinematography by

Mario Tosi
Isidore Mankofsky ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Paul Hirsch

Editorial Department

Maria Iano ... apprentice editor
Michael Kirchberger ... assistant editor

Casting By

Harriet B. Helberg

Art Direction by

Jack Fisk
Bill Kenney ... (as William Kenney)

Set Decoration by

Robert Gould

Costume Design by

Rosanna Norton

Makeup Department

Wes Dawn ... makeup artist (as Wesley Dawn)
Adele Taylor ... hair stylist
Ron Snyder ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Donald Heitzer ... first assistant director
Bill Scott ... second assistant director (as William Scott)
Dick Ziker ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

Gary Seybert ... prop master
Michael Casey ... leadman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Lois Freeman ... assistant sound editor
Bert Hallberg ... sound mixer (as Bertil Hallberg)
David Rust ... boom man
Dan Sable ... sound editor
Dick Vorisek ... rerecording supervisor
Ron Kalish ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Greg Auer ... special effects (as Gregory M. Auer)
Ken Pepiot ... assistant special effects (as Kenneth Pepiot)


Dick Ziker ... stunt coordinator (as Richard Ziker)
Janet Brady ... stunts (uncredited)
Glory Fioramonti ... stunts (uncredited)
Mags Kavanaugh ... stunt double (uncredited)
Mary Peters ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Dustin Blauvelt ... first assistant cameraman (as Dusty Blauvelt)
Joseph Cosko Jr. ... second assistant cameraman (as Joseph Cosko)
James Dyer ... best boy grip
Gene Griffith ... key grip (as Eugene Griffith)
Joel King ... operator
Ken Miller ... dolly grip (as Kenneth Miller)
Joe Pender ... gaffer
Jerome L. Posner ... best boy (as Jerome Posner)
Dave Friedman ... still photographer (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor ... first assistant cameraman (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Agnes Lyon ... costumer

Location Management

Dow Griffith ... location manager / location scouting

Music Department

Michael Arciaga ... music supervisor
Katie Irving ... singer: "Carrie" and "Born To Have It All"
Merrit Malloy ... lyrics for: "Carrie" and "Born To Have It All"
Natale Massara ... conductor
Thomas Vicari ... Music Scoring Mixer
Dan Protheroe ... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
James Saad ... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Mike Towers ... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Glen Vance ... musician: keyboards & rhythm guitar (uncredited) / singer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Gary Littlefield ... transportation
Donald P. Desmond ... transportation captain (uncredited)
Thomas A. Gordon ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

Wendy Bartel ... secretary to Mr. De Palma
James L. Carter ... production assistant
Angelo Corallis ... craft service
Patricia Heade ... production secretary
Hannah Scheel ... script supervisor
Robert Sinclair ... auditor
Shari Leibowitz ... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Ken Patterson ... Painter/standby painter (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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, self absorbed Chris Hargensen, vows revenge against Carrie for that punishment, the method of the revenge associated to the phys ed class incident. Another student however, the popular Sue Snell, begins to feel sorry for Carrie. In wanting to help her get out of her shell, Sue asks her boyfriend, the equally popular Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the senior prom instead of her. This move does not sit well with Mrs. White, who in her extreme view believes Carrie will fall prey to sin. All these competing issues lead to Carrie deciding on an impulse to use a newfound skill to free herself from the figurative chains that have long been placed around her, with tragic consequences. Written by Huggo

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Taglines You were warned never to push Carrie to the limits. Now you must face the evil consequences. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Carrie au bal du diable (France)
  • Carrie: Des Satans jüngste Tochter (Germany)
  • Кери (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Het meisje met de duivelse kracht (Netherlands)
  • Günah tohumu (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 98 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia While speaking at a book event in Fort Myers, Florida in 2010, Stephen King recalled that he was paid just $2,500 for the movie rights to Carrie (1976), which may seem like a pittance, but he has no regrets. "I was fortunate to have that happen to my first book," King said. See more »
Goofs Chris is somehow able to give her boyfriend a blow job and talk to him at the same time, without her voice being distorted in the least. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Squirm (1976). See more »
Soundtracks Education Blues See more »
Quotes Margaret White: [referring to Carrie's prom gown] Red. I might have known it would be red.
Carrie: It's pink, Mama.
[presenting her corsage]
Carrie: Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren't they beautiful?
Margaret White: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will.
Carrie: Breasts, Mama. They're called breasts, and every woman has them.
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