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The Wicker Tree (2011)

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Charmed by the residents of Tressock, Scotland, two young missionaries accept the invitation to participate in a local festival, fully unaware of the consequences of their decision.

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... Beth Boothby
... Steve Thomson
... Reverend Moriarty
Lesley Mackie ... Daisy
... Beame
... Sir Lachlan Morrison
Jacqueline Leonard ... Lady Delia Morrison
... Rev. McLeod
Kirstin Murray ... Celebrity Interviewer
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Graham Wadsworth ... Trailer Trash Video Dancer
... Lolly
David Plimmer ... Jack
Iain Stuart Robertson ... Peter McNeil
Ailidh Mackay ... Anthea
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Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are. Written by Anonymous

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Accept our sacrifice

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Drama | Horror

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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27 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Cowboys for Christ  »

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$7,750,000 (estimated)
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Robin Hardy had originally written the part of Sir Lachlan Morrison for Christopher Lee. However, while filming The Resident (2011), Lee injured his back after tripping over power cables on set. Although extremely disappointed, Hardy cast the actor who was originally playing Beame, Graham McTavish in Lee's role, with actor Clive Russell taking over the part of Beame. Still wanting to include Lee, Hardy quickly wrote a cameo role for him. He appears Sir Lachlan's mentor in a flashback. See more »

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When Steve is laying in bed his shorts are white with red and blue plaid pattern. When we see him through the eyes of the raven, they are dark blue overall, and after the raven leaves they are back to the red, blue and white plaid shorts. See more »

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[last lines]
Danny: Lass? Stay Still!
[last lines]
Mary Hellier: No No
[Is surronded by Danny, Beame and the other townspeople]
Mary Hellier: god why? Danny? Steve!
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Follows The Wicker Man (1973) See more »

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I Know Where I'm Going
Traditional Arrangement by Keith Easdale
Performed by Brittania Nicol and Keith Easdale
Incidental Guitar Performed by Keith Easdale
Produced by John Scott
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Sterile Sequel
22 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have never believed for a second that the 1973 film THE WICKER MAN is any type of cinematic masterpiece as some defenders claim . It suffers from a painfully ridiculous plot hole in its central premise . That said at least it has a plot . This 2011 " spiritual sequel " ( Whatever that can be defined as ) to the 1973 original doesn't have a plot

" You sure Theo ? I mean it seems stupid making a film and filling it with nothing happening "

Well who said anything has to happen in a film ? Well things do happen but they rarely make any sense . Let's also be brutally realistic and point out that films are simply made to make a profit for the company producing it and if Robin Hardy director of the original film says " Hey guys I've just made a sequel to my 1973 masterwork and Christopher Lee returns in it " you can guarantee some naïve fans are going to rush to the cinema to watch it only to realise their mistake after they've paid their money at the box office

What makes this film a fairly dreadful experience is the tone . A young Christian couple travel to Scotland to spread the word of the Lord . See what happens when you listen to Pat Robertson ? So they arrive in Scotland and find that when people have sex subtitles suddenly appear out of nowhere as do pagans and cannibals and jokes that fall as flat as a pancake . If you think a Scotsman in a kilt having his genitals damaged is the strong foundation of a running joke you might find this film amusing in some small way . I didn't

The visuals are also ill though out . Most of the look of the film resembles one of this television productions that ITV broadcast that again jars with the tone of what happens , much of which is crass and unpleasant . None of this is helped by the cast , many of who give the impression they're all appearing in entirely separate films . The worst performance comes from the delightfully named Britannia Nicol who is supposed to carry but would have difficulty in carrying a cup of coffee in to my living room . It's no surprise that she was never seen after this film . In fact neither was this film seen again after it made its limited release to the cinemas


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