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Shock Treatment (1981)

Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead.

Director:

Jim Sharman

Writers:

Richard O'Brien (screenplay), Jim Sharman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Harper ... Janet Majors
Cliff De Young ... Brad Majors / Farley Flavors
Richard O'Brien ... Dr. Cosmo McKinley
Patricia Quinn ... Dr. Nation McKinley
Charles Gray ... Judge Oliver Wright
Ruby Wax ... Betty Hapschatt
Nell Campbell ... Nurse Ansalong
Rik Mayall ... 'Rest Home' Ricky
Barry Humphries ... Bert Schnick
Darlene Johnson Darlene Johnson ... Emily Weiss
Manning Redwood ... Harry Weiss
Wendy Raebeck Wendy Raebeck ... Macy Struthers
Jeremy Newson Jeremy Newson ... Ralph Hapschatt
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Neely Pritt
Perry Bedden Perry Bedden ... Neely's Camera Crew
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Storyline

Following on from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", this musical is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors' hometown - which has become a giant TV station; residents are either participants or viewers. They are married now, but their romance has fallen on the rocks. Ostensibly to fix their marriage, Brad is imprisoned on the program "Dentonvale" (the local mental hospital) while Janet is conscripted to become a new star. As Janet is entranced by the high life, she forgets Brad. Who is trying to woo her away? Written by Miss Rori Stevens

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Taglines:

The Home of Happiness See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brad and Janet Show See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cliff De Young based his Farley Flavors character on Jack Nicholson. See more »

Goofs

During "Farley's Song," the "jazz hands" in front of the TV screen change position between shots. Most noticeably, Cosmo's hands move from top left to bottom left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voice-over] Once upon a time, there lived a real fast guy. His life was fast. His friends were fast. Heh - even his food was fast. But he was still not satisfied. He wanted to share his fast philosophy with someone else, a beautiful girl. Trouble was, she was in the arms of... another man.
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Alternate Versions

All DVD releases cut the original End credit version of the Denton "Overture" in half, and then prematurely fade out the single version of "Shock Treatment" when the credits are over. The original version features the complete "Overture" playing over the credits with "Shock Treatment" playing over a black screen as exit music. The edit shortens the film from 94 to 92 minutes. See more »

Connections

Features Supêsu inbêdâ pâto II (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Me of Me
(Janet/Cheerleaders)
Written by Richard Hartley and Richard O'Brien
Performed by Jessica Harper
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A movie ahead of it's time.
3 October 2004 | by ANewLeafSee all my reviews

After afew years since my last comment on this movie things have changed. The explosion of reality television on TV now makes the commentary on this movie a lot more relevant then when it was originally released. This movie looks not only at the "actors" of this form of entertainment but also the audience and even the producers. A lot of the people who watch this movie are seeing it in a monotone 2 dimensional way, when this movie has a lot more depth then can be seen with such a view.

This movie still deserves the 9/10 I gave it 2 years ago, it probably deserves 10. The style with which O'Brien shows the consumer/TV culture that was forming at the time this movie was made still works even today. This movie is a satire, it is not a spoof like the RHPS was, it is not a sequel, and it cannot be watched in the same manner. It works very very well as a satire on it's topic though using over the top imagery, effective musical numbers, and very over the top characterization.


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