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The Shout (1978)

A traveller by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Robert Graves (story), Michael Austin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Bates ... Charles
Susannah York ... Rachel / wife
John Hurt ... Anthony / husband
Robert Stephens ... Chief Medical Officer
Tim Curry ... Robert Graves
Nick Stringer ... Cobbler
Carol Drinkwater ... Cobbler's Wife
John Rees John Rees ... Inspector
Jim Broadbent ... Fielder in cowpat
Susan Wooldridge ... Harriet
Julian Hough Julian Hough ... Vicar
Peter Benson ... Harry the Shepherd
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins
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Storyline

Bored while officiating a cricket match at a psychiatric hospital, Crossley tells Graves (a visitor) the tale of a mysterious stranger (also named Crossley) who invades the lives and house of a local musician and his wife. The stranger claims knowledge of real magic, which he uses to displace his host and dominate his wife. The musician must find a way to combat Crossley and his seemingly implacable powers. Graves doubts Crossley's claim that the story is true, and begins to believe that Crossley is actually one of the patients.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A film of intense perversity - the madness of the mind.

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Drama | Horror

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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Jim Broadbent (Fielder in cowpat). See more »

Quotes

Charles Crossley: Get out of here Anthony, or I'll shout your bloody ears off.
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Connections

Featured in The Guard (2011) See more »

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Etherial, dreamy and well made tale of the bizarre.
30 August 1999 | by simon-118See all my reviews

Halliwell described this as a "well made and acted but ultimately rather pointless fable" which is typical of his style of reviewing, but despite his glib conclusions one must agree that this is an excellent piece of avant-garde film-making that, in spite of its impressive cast, often strikes one as more like a short by a new director. In fact, the film may have been more effective as a short were it not that the sleepy pace lends it a dream-like and ethereal feel that is totally shattered when the shout is heard. The Shout itself is so built up that one can only expect disappointment. Yet when it finally is heard it is truly horrific and you will jump out of your seat. The scene on the sand dunes as Alan Bates yells out death to all around him and sheep are swept down dead by the cry is masterful. Similarly effective is the soundtrack by Genesis' Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, mainly based around reworkings of themes from Banks' album "A Curious Feeling" a gorgeously nostalgic sequence of music that is inventively brought into the film as a low-key presence, faintly playing in the background as if echoing on the breeze, and used by John Hurt on the church organ. The man from nowhere character Alan Bates presents is fascinating and a nice change of style for him, and it seems strange how rarely this film is aired on television and how hard it is to locate on video, despite its excellent cast and original realisation. A little known but fascinating tale of the uncanny presented like an adult fairy tale.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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