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To the Devil a Daughter (1976) Poster

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The notorious Sir Christopher Lee naked scene was actually performed by his regular stunt double Eddie Powell, who was filmed from above, in order not to show his face.
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This movie's abrupt conclusion was not the original ending. In the original script, the character of Father Rayner recovers from the rock, thrown by John Verney, and attempts to pursue Verney and Catherine. He is then struck by a flash of lightning as he crosses the circle. Although this ending was filmed, none of the footage survives and is illustrated on the DVD by monochrome stills.
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This movie was released in the U.K. just forty days after Nastassja Kinski's fifteenth birthday, making it a virtual certainty she was only fourteen when her scenes were shot. In a 1997 interview, Kinski admitted feeling "torn apart" by the pressure to appear nude, and regretted there was no one present to protect her.
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Final theatrical movie of Michael Goodliffe (George de Grass).
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This was Sir Christopher Lee's last Hammer movie until The Resident (2011).
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Olivia Newton-John was a candidate for Catherine.
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Ken Russell and Mike Hodges were approached to direct.
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This movie takes place on October 31, 1958, in 1964, and in October 1976.
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Screenwriter Christopher Wicking thought that the original novel by Dennis Wheatley was extremely bad and had no compunction about changing it extensively. His script was, in turn, re-written by others, mostly during shooting, and he pronounced himself dissatisfied with the movie, especially the ending.
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Two high-priced British actors were cast as David and George de Grass but because Richard Widmark's fee was higher than expected, the roles of David and George de Grass were re-cast at the last minute.
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Richard Widmark soon realized that this was a troubled production and had to be talked out of quitting on several occasions.
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The "Hill near Warburton" Mausoleum is actually the Dashwood Mausoleum in West Wycombe. Currently National Trust Property, it used to belong to the notorious Hellfire Club.
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The pre-production was troubled by Hammer Films and EMI Productions problems in finding a suitable name actor for Verney, and a director too.
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Michael Goodliffe and Anthony Valentine were cast on very short notice.
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Cliff Robertson was seriously considered for the role of John Verney.
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The line of dialogue spoken by Father Michael Rayner (Sir Christopher Lee), "It is not heresy . . . and I will not recant!", was later sampled for the song "Super-Charger Heaven" by heavy metal band White Zombie.
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Sir Christopher Lee and Richard Widmark passed away at the same age of ninety-three.
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This movie was released twenty-three years after its source novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley was published.
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This movie was released during a mid 1970s cycle of occult movies which followed the box-office success of The Exorcist (1973).
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Three of the cast appeared in the James Bond film franchise. Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Sir Christopher Lee portrayed Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and Michael Goodliffe appeared uncredited in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) as Chief of Staff Bill Tanner.
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One DVD sleeve notes for this movie declare that this movie was Nastassja Kinski's "first major film role".
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The name of John Verney's (Richard Widmark's) latest occult novel that he had written was "The Devil Talks Among Us". Actually, the title which is clearly seen is "The Devil Walks Among Us".
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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".
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The ellipses seen on promotional materials ("To the Devil . . . a Daughter") do not appear in the title at the head of the movie, where it is spelled "To the Devil a Daughter". Also, the source novel spelled the title as "To the Devil - a Daughter".
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Second of source author Dennis Wheatley's "black magic" novels to be filmed by Hammer Films after The Devil Rides Out (1968).
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Source author Dennis Wheatley died in 1977.
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Eva Maria Meineke portrayed a character, Eveline de Grass, who had a similar first name to her own.
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Sir Christopher Lee was cast against type, portraying a priest, Father Michael Rayner, rather than an orthodox horror genre villain type, for which he had become known, such as playing Dracula.
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This movie and source novel's title was later referenced in the song "Black Sunshine" by White Zombie in the lyrics: "To the devil, a daughter comes...".
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