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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:

One From The Vault! 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:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie never achieved the same cult status as its precursor The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) but is notable as a cult film and film history oddity due to its connection with its famous cult predecessor. 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 Deluxe Space Invaders (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Own Way
Written by Richard Hartley & Richard O'Brien
Performed by Jessica Harper
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I thought it was better than RHPS
21 September 1999 | by Warlock-5See all my reviews

Shock Treatment is an extremely strange movie, the plot is all over the place, the songs are weird and the confusion factor for the viewer is high. But Shock Treatment is a good movie. Forget everything about RHPS, there are no singing tranvestites or Meat Loaf getting hacked to bits with an axe, Shock Treatment is very different. It is a funny satire about how television has become an obsession. It's also about Brad and Janet Majors, who become contestants on a show called Marriage Maze and Brad is committed into a mental asylum, placed convieniently inside the TV studio. It's funny to see most of the cast return for a great big musical full of memorable songs. But a warning to the gay community, one song contains the lyrics.."Faggots are maggots-thank god I'm a man!"

Australian Classification

PG

No consumer advice but it really doesn't need any. There's nothing that troubling.


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