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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

Writers:

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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Hypnotic but confusing story which is suddenly made clear in that last scene.
4 May 1999 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

Something strange is going on at the cricket match: Alan Bates tells Tim Curry a story about Bates' relationship with a musician (John Hurt) and the musician's wife (Susannah York)and about Bates' supposed ability to "shout" a man to death . . . is Bates re-telling a true story or making things up as he goes along? This movie has perhaps one of the most extraordinary endings on film: the disconnected and confusing events that have been swirling past suddenly fuse, and become understandable, in the wordless final scene (you have to have been paying attention, though). Kudos to Bates, Hurt, York, and director Jerzy Skolimowski for a hypnotic tale that unfolds partly like a mystery, partly like an anacrostic-and which feels all the more satisfying once you've worked your way through it.


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