Friday, October 11, 2013


1976 American Feature

Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, P.J. Soles, Edie McClurg and Priscilla Pointer
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King

Carrie White, a teenage social outcast who suffers frequent abuse from her classmates and religious mother, discovers she possesses latent telekinetic powers that manifest when she becomes angry. On prom night, she becomes very angry.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Spacek) and Supporting Actress (Laurie).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Laurie).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (Spacek).

  • Carrie, Stephen King's debut novel, was first published in 1974. It was the first of King's works to be adapted to film.
  • Casting Call: Linda Blair, Jill Clayburgh, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith and Pamela Sue Martin.
  • Film debuts of Betty Buckley and Amy Irving. Irving's mother Priscilla Pointer plays the mother of Irving's character in the movie. Pointer's other daughter, Katie Irving, sang two of the original songs heard during the prom sequence.
  • The name of the high school is Bates High, a reference to Psycho.
  • Several stage productions of the novel have been produced, most notably the infamous 1988 Broadway musical. With a book by screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore, the original production starred Betty Buckley as Carrie's mother instead of her film role as gym teacher Miss Collins. A revised version of the musical debuted Off-Broadway in 2012. In addition to an officially-sanctioned, non-musical Off-Broadway production of Carrie in 2006 with drag performer Sherry Vine in the title role, many unofficial parodies have been staged over the years, such as Scarrie! The Musical, Carrie White the Musical and Carrie's Facts of Life, which was a hybrid of Carrie and the sitcom The Facts of Life.
  • A sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2, was released in 1999. It featured another teenager with telekinetic powers who is revealed to have the same father as Carrie White. The film received universally negative reviews and was a box office failure.
  • In 2001, Carrie was ranked #46 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrillers" list.
  • A 2002 television movie remake served as a pilot for a Carrie TV series that was never produced.
  • Another remake was released theatrically in 2013. Starring ChloĆ« Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her mother, the film was directed by Kimberly Peirce.

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