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The Shout (1978)

A traveler 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

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

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

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

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Horror | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El grito See more »

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Budget:

£5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An eccentric, but curiously compelling tale
27 July 2000 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

This is a strange film about a sinister man named Crossley (Alan Bates) who invades the lives of a man (John Hurt) and his wife (Susannah York) in a sleepy English town. He tells the story to a fellow scorer at a cricket match (Tim Curry), and we are left to try and disentangle it.

Crossley tells the couple that he spent eighteen years in the Australian outback, and that he killed his children when they were born. He also tells them he met a magical man in the outback, who taught him how to shout to kill. The scene when Crossley 'shouts' on the sand dunes is good. The shout kills sheep, birds and a shepherd. The sound is good too. The film was made in Dolby system sound, which is rare for that time. During the 'shout' the effect is impressive. The ending is rather weird. Alan Bates is good as the creepy Crossley. It's an odd film, that is curiously compelling to watch.


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