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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.


Neil LaBute (as Neil Labute)


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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some Sacrifices Must Be Made See more »


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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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]


USA | Germany | Canada



Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El culto siniestro See more »


Box Office


$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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the classroom scene there is a phrase in Irish above the blackboard that reads "Níl aon chealg ag an rí" which translates literally as "The king does not have a single sting." See more »


In the beginning when Edward is staring at a truck as it drives by you can clearly see a crew member in the reflection of the truck as it speeds by. See more »


Edward Malus: Have you seen what she's drawn? Under her desk? It's... pretty disturbing.
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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 »


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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User Reviews

Teeters between boring and hilariously awful.
8 September 2013 | by atk92See all my reviews

Any movie-goer who has ever watched a movie critic at any point has probably heard of this movie. Wicker Man joins the ranks of films such as The Room, Troll 2, and Battlefield Earth as a hilarious accident that is lightning in a bottle. First of all, I don't know why this remake exists. The original is a cult classic that had some genuinely great moments. I guess that made it a prime target for Hollywood, so here it is. All of the dialog in this movie, and I mean EVERY. SINGLE. LINE. is hilariously bad or just awkward, or sometimes both. The acting is just awful. Nick Cage turns the scenery chewing up to eleven, and everyone else is either not talented enough or trying too hard to act. Really the strongest parts of this movie are act one and act three. Most of the classic terrible lines (NOT THE BEES! HOW'D IT GET BURNED? What's in the bag, a shark or something?) are in those acts, and enough is happening to keep you entertained. However, the second act where the actual investigating is occurring is just boring. It is incredibly repetitive and turns into just a generic boring investigation flick. I realize that there isn't a film out there that is hilariously terrible for the entire running time, but this one tries. If you can find it for a dollar, and want to see Hollywood gone oh so wrong, give this a try. If you like bad movies, you've seen this already.

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