Brian De Palma (1976)

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Our Score
Brian De Palma's modern gothic fairy tale, based on Stephen King's bestseller, offers a tense and lyrical web of emotions. Sissy Spacek is heartbreaking as the telekinetic Cinderella who turns her school prom into a bloody massacre after a macabre joke is played on her by vicious teens (including John Travolta). Piper Laurie as Spacek's religious fanatic mother is equally striking and her symbolic "crucifixion" is a thrilling highlight in an unforgettable package of pop psychology and psychic phenomena. Despite a much copied plot, and even more copied shock climax, De Palma's best movie remains a transfixing experience.


A shy, withdrawn teenager discovers she has paranormal powers, which she uses to protect herself from her abusive mother and classmates. When a friendly student invites her to the prom, she is determined to enjoy herself and is amazed when she is crowned queen of the ball - but joy turns to fury when her tormentors play a cruel prank. Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, with Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and Amy Irving.

Cast & Crew

Carrie White Sissy Spacek
Margaret White Piper Laurie
Sue Snell Amy Irving
Tommy Ross William Katt
Billy Nolan John Travolta
Chris Hargenson Nancy Allen
Miss Collins Betty Buckley
Norma Watson P J Soles
Mr Fromm Sydney Lassick
Mrs Snell Priscilla Pointer
Freddy Michael Talbot
Director Brian De Palma
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray