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The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe". When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has ... See full summary »

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Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Dennis Paoli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Henriksen ... Torquemada
Stephen Lee ... Gomez
William Norris William Norris ... Dr. Huesos (as William J. Norris)
Mark Margolis ... Mendoza
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Contessa D'Alba Molina
Barbara Bocci Barbara Bocci ... Contessa's Son
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Executioner
Jeffrey Combs ... Francisco
Tom Towles ... Don Carlos
Rona De Ricci ... Maria
Jonathan Fuller ... Antonio
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Butcher
Larry Dolgin Larry Dolgin ... Sergeant of the Guards
Tunny Piras Tunny Piras ... Guard
Fabio Carfora Fabio Carfora ... Beggar
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Storyline

It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe". When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has plans for her! He orders her tortured, and her tongue to be cut out. Her husband attempts to free her... Written by Anonymous

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A bizarre descent into hell from the creator of Re-Animator.

Genres:

Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of torture and sex-related nudity, and for language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inquisitor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,443, 2 June 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,331
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Peter O'Toole, Sherilyn Fenn and Billy Dee Williams were originally slated to star. See more »

Goofs

The Pope of the Catholic Church during the majority of the Spanish Inquisition was Pope Innocent VIII, who had originally appointed Torquemada as the Grand Inquisitor of Spain in 1487. Unlike the film, which portrays the Pope as disapproving of Torquemada's actions, Innocent VIII fully supported the endeavor. See more »

Quotes

Torquemada: Surely Rome understands that public executions discourage sin?
Cardinal: The good Lord, you know, padre, he want us to love our neighbor, no roast him, mmm? No roast him ...
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Stuart Gordon's best since Re-Animator/From Beyond.
7 January 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I haven't liked Stuart Gordon's output much since his classic one-two punch of 'Re-Animator' and 'From Beyond' back in the 1980s, so I've avoided seeing some of his movies for years. 'The Pit And The Pendulum' is one. I thought it was going to be a turkey, but now that I've finally seen it, I'm pleasantly surprised. While it isn't as great as vintage Gordon, it's far better than 'Castle Freak' or his recent 'Dagon'. The cast really makes this work. Lance Henriksen is excellent as the tortured Inquisitor Torquemada, and Rona De Ricci is very good as Maria the beautiful girl he becomes obsessed with. I don't know why De Ricci didn't go on to a career as she can act and she's very hot. The supporting cast is way above average, with Gordon regulars Jeffrey Combs and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, 'Dolls' Stephen Lee, Tom Towles ('Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer'), Mark Margolis ('Pi') and even a cameo by Oliver Reed, who let's not forget appeared in 'The Devils' back in the early 70s, a movie which this 'The Pit And The Pendulum' has more in common with than the 60s Roger Corman version starring Vincent Price. I liked this movie a lot more than I expected to. It's underrated and definitely worth checking out, especially for Henriksen's intense performance, one of the best of his career.


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