The Wicker Man

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The Wicker Man

Robin Hardy (1973)

84min
15 Certificate
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Playing on our fears of "the other", director Robin Hardy's psychosexual horror, first released in 1973, has now attained classic status. Brilliantly scripted by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth) and impressively staged on location, the film stars Edward Woodward as the devoutly Christian policeman, Sergeant Howie, who travels to a remote Hebridean island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. As his efforts are hampered by the islanders' wall of silence, Howie's prudish disapproval of these neo-pagan worshippers turns to outrage - not least when he is "tempted" by the pub landlord's free-spirited daughter (Britt Ekland) and given an audience with the mysterious Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The Wicker Man does have some stilted moments, but it still manages to pack a bizarre, disturbing punch. The shorter running time of this original theatrical version does impact on the narrative depth of the story. The 2002 director's cut (available on DVD) is much closer to Hardy's vision.

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Cast & Crew

Sergeant Neil Howie Edward Woodward
Lord Summerisle Christopher Lee
Miss Rose Diane Cilento
Willow MacGregor Britt Ekland
Librarian / Clerk Ingrid Pitt
Alder MacGregor Lindsay Kemp
Harbour master Russell Waters
Old gardener / Gravedigger Aubrey Morris
May Morrison Irene Sunters
Schoolmaster Walter Carr
Broome Roy Boyd
Director Robin Hardy
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Studio Canal Guidance: May be edited for language, violence and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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