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The Wicker Man (2006)

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

Director:

Neil LaBute (as Neil Labute)

Writers:

Neil LaBute (screenplay) (as Neil Labute), Anthony Shaffer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Edward Malus
Ellen Burstyn ... Sister SummersIsle
Kate Beahan ... Sister Willow Woodward
Frances Conroy ... Dr. T.H. Moss
Molly Parker ... Sister Rose / Sister Thorn
Leelee Sobieski ... Sister Honey
Diane Delano ... Sister Beech
Michael Wiseman ... Officer Pete
Erika-Shaye Gair ... Rowan Woodward (as Erika Shaye Gair)
Christa Campbell ... Truck Stop Waitress
Emily Holmes ... Station Wagon Mom
Zemphira Gosling Zemphira Gosling ... Station Wagon Girl
Matthew Walker ... Sea Plane Pilot
Mary Black ... Sister Oak
Christine Willes ... Sister Violet
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Storyline

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images and violence, language and thematic issues | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El culto siniestro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,740,235, 3 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,643,531, 12 November 2006
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward Woodward, star of the original The Wicker Man (1973), has said that while he was offered a part in the remake and declined, he nevertheless was "surprisingly impressed by the quality of the script." Nonetheless, the name of the young girl was changed from Rowan Morrison (in the original) to Rowan Woodward for this film. See more »

Goofs

There are clear car tracks on all the dirt roads around the island but the people in the movie who live there only walk or cycle. See more »

Quotes

Edward Malus: [Edward takes off his bear suit and runs with Rowan, Rowan runs barely ahead of him] Rowan... wait. Slow down.
[Cut to next shot Rowan is leisurely hopping along by herself way ahead of Edward somehow]
Edward Malus: Rowan Slow Down!
[Rowan is already back at the village]
Edward Malus: Rowan, Stop!
[after multiple hugs by the villagers]
Edward Malus: Don't touch her! Do not touch her. Rowan come back here.
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Alternate Versions

The Unrated DVD includes an alternate ending in which Malus is held down and his legs are broken at the knee. A wire mesh helmet is placed over his head and live bees are poured in. After he passes out, the helmet is removed and he is revived with a shot of adrenaline in the neck from his med-kit. Throughout all this, he keeps asking how can he be a good sacrifice if he does not believe in their religion. The movie proceeds along the lines of the theatrical version except the credits begin after the wicker man's burning head falls off. The "6 months later" scene is missing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brickleberry: Baby Daddy (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Carnival Of Bones
Traditional (Thoinot Arbeau-1589)
Arranged by Aaron Catlow, Mike Edwards, Phil Howard, Julia Laycock
Performed by Paescod
Courtesy of Paescod Recordings
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Worth seeing but for all the wrong reasons
13 September 2015 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

I forgot the fact that I didn't do a review on this movie. If I hadn't seen the original a couple of days ago, it would have probably stayed that way. This movie is... weird. But unlike the original, which the weirdness in that adds to the film's strange qualities about it, this one does weirdness in such a way that makes it enjoyable to watch, just not in the way the director intended.

So the plot, a cop troubled with the death of a mother and child via truck that he was partly responsible for, he is sent a letter by an ex-girlfriend that reports her missing child on the island she lives (kind of outside his jurisdiction, really) that may or may not be his. So when he gets there he finds that it's run by some kind of neo-pagan cult that's entirely made up of women and men are a minority to do work or some crap.

This movie is awful. Nicholas Cage spends most of the movie just fumbling around barely doing anything. When asking someone if he's seen the lost child and they don't answer - he just changes the subject and we're supposed to believe his intentions are sincere after that. The reason why the original does this better is that the remake pads out him not having any luck in finding the child to questioning whether he cares.

Although... This movie gets hilarious. Do I even need to tell you about the "Not the bees!" scene, the "How did it get burned?!" or even Nicholas Cage in a bear suit punching people. And this was meant to be serious? Well, there are scenes like this that, thanks to Nicholas Cage mainly - just become funny.

Aside from that there isn't anything else to comment on. I'd say don't see it if you're a fan of the original or anything like that, see it if you're a Nicholas Cage fan. This movie showcases his all-out craziness like no other movie I've seen him do. There is just so much reasoning to see it if you're a Nick Cage fan that it's well worth the watch. Everyone else... You won't enjoy this.


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