The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man

Robin Hardy (1979)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Edward Woodward stars as the devoutly Christian policeman who finds his beliefs tested to the limit when he investigates the disappearance of a young girl on the pagan shores of Summerisle in this cult horror classic. Overshadowed when it was made by the release of The Exorcist, the film was re-edited by uncomprehending studio executives before being shown in the lower half of a double bill with another classic movie of 1973, Don't Look Now. It was then restored by director Robin Hardy in 2002 with 15 minutes of additional footage, while this middle-length version - known as the "final cut" - has been put together for the original film's 40th anniversary. Based on a print discovered in Harvard Film Archives for The Wicker Man's US release in 1979, this is the version that Hardy has claimed most fulfils his original vision. With its literate script by Sleuth playwright Anthony Shaffer and memorable Scottish folk score, Hardy's fascinating mixture of horror, eroticism and religion is thoughtful, challenging and highly provocative entertainment. Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made - and he's right.

Summary

A devoutly Christian Scottish police officer travels to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a missing girl. As his investigations are disrupted at every turn, the detective is horrified to see the population have embraced an ancient pagan lifestyle, and begins to fear they may intend to sacrifice the child in an occult ritual. Director's cut of the horror, starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland.

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: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Sep 2013
Drama