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Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial.
Hell holds no surprises for them.
Title: Devils, The
Release Date: July 16, 1971
Runtime: 111 mins
All Genres: Drama, History, Horror
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Buried.com Rating: 8.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: X
Vanessa Redgrave ...Sister Jeanne
Oliver Reed ...Urbain Grandier
Dudley Sutton ...Baron De Laubardemont
Max Adrian ...Ibert
Gemma Jones ...Madeleine
Murray Melvin ...Mignon
Michael Gothard ...Father Barre
Georgina Hale ...Philippe
Brian Murphy ...Adam
Christopher Logue ...Cardinal Richelieu
Graham Armitage ...Louis XIII
John Woodvine ...Trincant
Andrew Faulds ...Rangier
Kenneth Colley ...Legrand
Judith Paris ...Sister Judith
Catherine Willmer ...Sister Catherine
Iza Teller ...Sister Iza
Imogen Claire ...Nun
Selina Gilbert ...Nun
Alex 'Alien' Russell ...
Doremy Vernon ...Nun
Robert H. Solo
Peter Maxwell Davies
More Movie Taglines:
- Hell holds no surprises for them.
- Never had there been exorcisms like this.
- Jeanne: Satan is ever ready to seduce us with sensual delights.
Grandier: Hold my hand. It's like touching the dead, isn't it?
Barre: Sin can be caught as easily as the plague.
Grandier: [Talking about Jeanne] Anything found in the desert of a frustrated life can bring hope. With hope comes love. With love comes hate. So I possess her. May God help her in her misery and unhappiness.
Grandier: What fresh lunacy is this? A crocodile?
- This film was banned from Italy and its stars Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed were threatened with three years' jail time if they set foot in that country. Reed described this as his best performance ever.
The role of Sister Jeanne was originally offered to Glenda Jackson, who turned it down because she was tired of playing sexually neurotic leads in Ken Russell movies.
Judith Paris is listed as Sister Judith in the credits, but is referred to as Sister Agnes in the film.
While preparing for the climactic demolition of the city walls, a technician mistook a signal from Ken Russell and detonated the explosives before the cameras were rolling. A large chunk of the set had to be rebuilt.
Derek Jarman's sets are modeled on the sets of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927). Ken Russell wanted to avoid the clichéd look of period films and insisted on anachronistic, even futuristic, design.
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