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Carrie
- Sissy Spacek

Overview - Brian De Palma's commercial breakout, based on a novel by Stephen King, helped launch a whole slew of teen-based horror films, and Carrie the blood-spattered prom queen has taken her throne in the pantheon of modern American myth. High school girls played by Amy Irving (in her film debut), P.J.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Brian De Palma's commercial breakout, based on a novel by Stephen King, helped launch a whole slew of teen-based horror films, and Carrie the blood-spattered prom queen has taken her throne in the pantheon of modern American myth. High school girls played by Amy Irving (in her film debut), P.J. Soles, and Nancy Allen plot to avenge themselves on ostracized fellow student and budding telekinetic Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) after they get in trouble for pelting her with tampons. When they get popular boy Tommy Ross (William Katz) to be her date for the prom, the stage is set for some heart-rending cruelty and fiery retribution. De Palma expertly uses split screens, slow motion, color filters, and tracking shots to imbue the proceedings with a haunting, allegorical elegance. Piper Laurie plays Carrie's mentally ill, devoutly Christian mom; she's brilliant, as is Spacek. John Travolta has a memorable pre-SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER role as one of the girls' beer-guzzling boyfriends. There was finally a sequel in 1999, as well as a short-lived Broadway musical.

Cast List

Pino Donaggio - Film composer, TEX (1982)
Stephen King - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Richard Bachman - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Nancy Allen - American actress, CARRIE, ROBOCOP
Lawrence D. Cohen - Screenwriter, CARRIE (1976), SOUTH PACIFIC (2001)
Sissy Spacek - Oscar winning actress, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
Mary Elizabeth Spacek - Oscar winning actress, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
William Katt - American actor, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO
William Kenny - Art Director
Piper Laurie - American actress, CARRIE (1976)
Rosetta Jacobs - American actress, CARRIE (1976)
John Travolta - American actor, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, GREASE, PHENOMENON
Amy Irving - American Actress, CARRIE (1976)
Jack Fisk - Director/Art Director
Brian De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian DePalma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian Russell De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Paul Hirsch - Editor, RAY (2004)
Stefan Gierasch - Film & televison actor
Sydney Lassick - Actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Sidney Lassick - Actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Sid Lassick - Actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Mario Tosi - American Diretor of Photography
Paul Monash
Betty Buckley - American film, stage and television actress
P.J. Soles - American supporting actress, HALLOWEEN (1978)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 98
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883904123484
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2017

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Demonic Possession
Classic
Psychic Forces
Teenage
Vengeance
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Carrie, a shy teenager with a fiercely religious and oppressive mother, struggles to come to terms with her emerging sexuality and extraordinary telekinetic powers. Just as she's beginning to enjoy a sudden change in her life, a cruel practical joke drives her to a monstrous act of revenge and destruction.

Notes:
Theatrical Release: November 3, 1976.

Reviews:
"...[The film] may be Brian De Palma's best....It's a definitive revenge piece..." - 12/02/1991 USA Today, p.3D


"...The opening sequence is an uncanny tour de force..." - 02/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.66


"Brian De Palma's best movie, his virtuoso technique meeting its match in Sissy Spacek's touching performance." - 01/01/2004 Total Film, p.134-5


"[A] masterful mix of horror and adolescent angst..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.60


"[A] horror classic....The extraordinary cast includes John Travolta, Amy Irving, William Katt and Nancy Allen..." - 06/03/2011 Wall Street Journal


5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma is at the top of his game." - 03/28/2013 Empire

 
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