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To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

R | | Horror | 30 July 1976 (USA)
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An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.


Peter Sykes


Christopher Wicking (screenplay by) (as Chris Wicking), John Peacock (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... John Verney
Christopher Lee ... Father Michael Raynor
Honor Blackman ... Anna Fountain
Denholm Elliott ... Henry Beddows
Michael Goodliffe ... George de Grass
Nastassja Kinski ... Catherine Beddows
Eva Maria Meineke ... Eveline de Grass
Anthony Valentine ... David Kennedy
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Bishop
Izabella Telezynska Izabella Telezynska ... Margaret (as Isabella Telezynska)
Constantine Gregory ... Kollde (as Constantin de Goguel)
Anna Bentinck Anna Bentinck ... Isabel
Irene Prador Irene Prador ... German Matron
Brian Wilde ... Black Room Attendant
Petra Peters ... Sister Helle


An excommunicated priest sets up a satanic cult that only looks Catholic on the outside. He convinces a man to sign over his daughter's soul so that she will become the devil's representative on earth on her eighteenth birthday, but as that day nears, the man seeks the help of an American occult novelist to save his daughter, both physically and spiritually. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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The closing credits quotation from the source author reads: "In light all things thrive and bear fruit . . . In darkness they decay and die that is why we must follow the readings of the lords of light - Dennis Wheatley". See more »


A very large red or orange drawbridge between two docks can be seen through a window behind Richard Widmark. At 35:33 it can be seen moving slowly to a fully vertical position. At 36:26 it is back down between the two docks. At 37:29 it starts to rise again from the horizontal position. At 37:48 it is back down between the two docks. These timings are from the British DVD. See more »


Father Michael Rayner: Whatever she does now must be out of her own free will.
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Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »

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27 July 1999 | by sol-9See all my reviews

Underrated thriller that despite being slow and meandering still manages a few nice shocks and is never less than interesting. This attempted to match The Exorcist for near-the-knuckle images and themes, and although it lacks that film's lasting power to haunt it does have a strong line in perversity that may surprise the most jaded unshockable viewer. Christopher Lee is great as the smiling, gentlemanly paganist - Natassja Kinski looks great and goes through the film like a day-dreaming naive child, which is exactly what she is supposed to be. Admittedly the creature at the end could easily have climbed out of a cornflakes packet as the depths of hell, but it doesn't ruin the film. Channel 4 recently showed a wide-screen version. It was well worth taping.

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UK | West Germany



Release Date:

30 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Devil... a Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiemsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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