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Ruby (1977)

R | | Drama, Horror | 24 June 1977 (USA)
Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

George Edwards (screenplay), Steve Krantz (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Laurie ... Ruby Claire
Stuart Whitman ... Vince Kemper
Roger Davis ... Dr. Paul Keller
Janit Baldwin ... Leslie Claire
Crystin Sinclaire ... Lila June
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Louie
Len Lesser ... Barney
Jack Perkins ... Avery
Eddy Donno ... Jess (as Edward Donno)
Sal Vecchio Sal Vecchio ... Nicky Rocco
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Jake Miller (as Fred Kohler)
Rory Stevens Rory Stevens ... Donny
Raymond Kark Raymond Kark ... First Man
Jan Burrell Jan Burrell ... First Woman
Kip Gillespie Kip Gillespie ... Herbie
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Storyline

Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, the behaviour of her mute daughter Leslie is becoming increasingly strange and a visiting psychic claims that forces from beyond are out for revenge. Written by Ross Horsley <explodo@hotmail.com>

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Christened in blood, raised in sin, she's sweet sixteen, let the PARTY begin! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Ruby See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The producers wanted Tina Louise for the part, before Piper Laurie's name was mentioned. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1951, but Ruby's drive-in has a wide screen, two years before wide screens were being built. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scenes added to the TV version:
  • Deputy Len tells Sheriff Rich that he was investigating a report of a hanging and spotted Mae Belle, the sheriff's wife, with another man.
  • Rich questions Mae Belle about her whereabouts the previous night.
  • Kenny asks Barney about the old days at the drive-in.
  • Lila June talks on the phone and defends her actions to her mother.
  • The sheriff comes to the drive-in and question Barney.
  • Dr. Keller goes searching for an answer to what happened on the night Nicky died. He visits newspaper editor George Whitehouse, the sheriff, and an unseen third man who greets him with gunfire.
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Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's So Easy
Written by Sally Stevens
Performed by Piper Laurie
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Solid little supernatural shindig.
25 October 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

Despite a multitude of minor blemishes, RUBY stands as an effectually devised psychological/supernatural chiller which gainsays its deficient funding.

Piper Laurie turns out an impressive performance as Ruby, a hard-drinking harlot in ownership of a weatherbeaten old drive-in movie theater. In years past, she was a knockout gangster's moll whose man was murdered gangland style. Before he died, he vowed to return from the grave...a promise which, it seems, he has kept.

A cleverly formulated B quickie thick with gloom and disquietude, RUBY is an honorable short-order undertaking which emanates a pleasingly differential mood of foreboding creepiness.

6/10


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