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The Wicker Man

  • 2002
  • Robin Hardy
  • 100 mins

Summary

Classic horror starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. When a policeman receives an anonymous letter suggesting that a girl has mysteriously disappeared from a small island community, he sets out to investigate. On his arrival, the villagers deny any knowledge of the girl, and he soon discovers that life on the island is not all it seems.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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. Restored to something like its original glory by director Robin Hardy in 2002, with 15 minutes of additional footage, it can be seen as the masterpiece it is. 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sergeant Neil HowieEdward Woodward
Lord SummerisleChristopher Lee
Miss RoseDiane Cilento
Willow MacGregorBritt Ekland
Librarian / ClerkIngrid Pitt
Alder MacGregorLindsay Kemp
Harbour masterRussell Waters
Old gardener / GravediggerAubrey Morris
May MorrisonIrene Sunters
SchoolmasterWalter Carr
BroomeRoy Boyd

Crew

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DirectorRobin Hardy

Details

Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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