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Sergeant Neil Howie arrives on a Scottish island looking for a missing teenager girl, Rowan Morrison. The place belongs to Lord Summerisle and is famous because of their plantation of apples and other fruits and their harvest. Sgt. Howie realizes that the locals are pagans, practicing old rituals, and Rowan is probably alive and being prepared to be sacrificed. The end of the story is a tragic surprise.
From the writer of 'Frenzy & Sleuth' Anthony Shaffer's incredible occult thriller
Title: Wicker Man, The
Release Date: June , 1975
Runtime: 88 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With W
MPAA Rating: R
Edward Woodward ...Sergeant Howie
Christopher Lee ...Lord Summerisle
Diane Cilento ...Miss Rose
Britt Ekland ...Willow
Ingrid Pitt ...Librarian
Lindsay Kemp ...Alder MacGreagor
Russell Waters ...Harbour Master
Aubrey Morris ...Old Gardener / Gravedigger
Irene Sunters ...May Morrison (also as Irene Sunter)
Walter Carr ...School Master
Ian Campbell ...Oak
Leslie Blackater ...Hairdresser
Roy Boyd ...Broome
Peter Brewis ...Musician
Barbara Rafferty ...Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown)
Juliet Cadzow ...Villager on Summerisle (as Juliette Cadzow)
Ross Campbell ...Communicant
Penny Cluer ...Gillie
Michael John Cole ...Musician
Michael Cole ...Musician
Kevin Collins ...Old Fisherman
Gerry Cowper ...Rowan Morrison (as Geraldine Cowper)
Ian Cutler ...Musician
Donald Eccles ...T.H. Lennox
Myra Forsyth ...Mrs. Grimmond
John Hallam ...P.C. McTaggert
Alison Hughes ...Fiancee to Howie
Charles Kearney ...Butcher
Fiona Kennedy ...Holly
John MacGregor ...Baker (as John Macgregor)
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The Wicker Man Horror Film Trailer 1
"Sumer is Icumen In"
More Movie Taglines:
- From the writer of 'Frenzy & Sleuth' Anthony Shaffer's incredible occult thriller
- The residents of Summerisle invited Sergeant Howie to their traditional May Day festival. He didn't expect to meet...The Wicker Man
- Flesh to touch...Flesh to burn! Don't keep the Wicker Man waiting!
- ...A totally corrupt shocker from the author of "Sleuth" and "Frenzy"!
- Lord Summerisle: Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.
Lord Summerisle: Animals are fine, but their acceptability is limited. A little child is even better, but not NEARLY as effective as the right kind of adult.
Sergeant Howie: And what of the TRUE God? Whose glory, churches and monasteries have been built on these islands for generations past? Now sir, what of him? Lord Summerisle: He's dead. Can't complain, had his chance and in modern parlance, blew it.
Harbor Master: Much has been said of the strumpets of yore / Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score / But I sing of a baggage that we all adore / The landlord's daughter! [song continues sung by islanders drinking at the Green Man Inn pub... ]
Willow: Some things in their natural state have the most VIVID colors.
- Although the film is set in May it was filmed in October and November 1972.
A body double was secretly used for the naked rear shots of Willow dancing. The scenes were filmed after Britt Ekland had left the set. The body double was used because Ekland would only agree to topless shots of her body. After shooting was over, not only was Ekland furious to learn she had been doubled in some shots but that she was also a few weeks pregnant in that scene. Director Robin Hardy says it was Ekland herself who did not want her bottom to be filmed, as she did not like it.
The negative and the outtakes of the film were stored at the vault in Shepperton studios. When it was bought, the new owner gave the order to clear the vault to get rid of all the old stuff. Foolishly, the vault manager put the negatives, which just arrived from the lab, with the ones which were to be destroyed..
Director Robin Hardy originally wanted Michael York for the role of Sgt. Howie. When it turned out he was unavailable, David Hemmings was considered before writer Anthony Shaffer and producer Peter Snell recommended Edward Woodward who had always been Snell's first choice to play the part.
Edward Woodward was always the producers first choice for the role of Howie (despite the director favouring Michael York).
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