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Carrie (2002)

Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both her classmates and her domineering, religious mother.

Director:

David Carson

Writers:

Bryan Fuller (teleplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bettis ... Carietta 'Carrie' White
Patricia Clarkson ... Margaret White
Rena Sofer ... Miss Desjarden
Kandyse McClure ... Sue Snell
Emilie de Ravin ... Chris Hargensen
Tobias Mehler ... Tommy Ross
Jesse Cadotte Jesse Cadotte ... Billy Nolan
Meghan Black ... Norma Watson
Chelan Simmons ... Helen Shyres
Katharine Isabelle ... Tina Blake
David Keith ... Detective John Mulchaey
Miles Meadows Miles Meadows ... Kenny Garson
Sean Tyler Foley Sean Tyler Foley ... Lou Garson (as Tyler Foley)
Laurie Murdoch ... Principal Morton
Michael Kopsa ... John Hargensen
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This is the story of Carrie White, a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with unbelievable telekinetic powers, and is slowly being pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both cruel classmates at her school, and her own domineering, religious mother. One classmate, Sue Snell, feels sorry for Carrie and asks her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the senior prom instead of her. But another classmate, Chris Hargenson, is banned from the prom and is determined with her boyfriend to have her revenge on Carrie. Carrie soon discovers she has telekinetic powers; and when the most gruesome prank is played on her on prom night, anything can happen. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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If only they knew she had the power... See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carrie - A Estranha See more »

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Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The only adaptation of Carrie which has interviews with the survivors of prom night the same way that King's original novel described. See more »

Goofs

When Carrie is looking at her bloody arms and hands, her hands alternate between palms down to palms up and palms down between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chris Hargensen: [to Miss Desjarden] This isn't over. This is so not over, it's not even in the same area code as over!
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Version of Carrie (1976) See more »

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The Ballad of Johnny Alright
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In The Shadow Of A Masterpiece
6 November 2002 | by virek213See all my reviews

It seems to make as much sense to remake a great movie like Brian DePalma's 1976 horror/suspense masterpiece CARRIE for television as it did to make a sequel of it in the form of THE RAGE: CARRIE 2 three years before, but that's what has been done. A lot of bells and whistles have been added to this television remake, but in the end this CARRIE is still in the shadow of the DePalma original.

Angela Bettis (GIRL INTERRUPTED) has the unenviable task of stepping into the shoes (and the prom dress) of Sissy Spacek in the title role of a New England teen tortured at school by cruel classmates (because she doesn't belong) and at home by her religiously fanatical mother (Patricia Clarkson, in the Piper Laurie role). Soon, she discovers she has telekinetic powers; and when the most gruesome of gags is played on her on prom night, all bets are off.

Though looking much more glazed in the eyes than Spacek ever did, Bettis gives a fairly good performance as Carrie; and Clarkson's portrayal of her uprighteous mother is much more low-key, but no less threatening, than Laurie's portrayal. The special effects, however obvious they might be, are also quite good. But in the end, the reputation of the 1976 original, with its combination of psychological horror and teen-angst drama, still hovers over this remake. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the pig's blood scene. It doesn't have the same jarring emotional impact this time around--not so much because we've seen it before, but because here it looks slightly laughable when the blood gets poured onto Bettis. Because of DePalma's use of slow-motion in the original, the blood hits Spacek like a tidal wave.

I give the CARRIE remake a '6' just for trying. I only regret that its shortcomings as a film have less to do with its execution as a film than the fact that the original movie still resonates much more fully.


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