The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man (1973)

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Corrected entry: Willow's naked dancing and song was to try to 'call' Sergeant Howie to her for sex - they talk about it the next morning when she is disappointed he didn't come. But one of the reasons the islanders wanted him as a sacrifice was because he was a virgin. If she had succeeded she would have ruined everything for them, it doesn't make sense that she does this.

Correction: It makes perfect sense. They want a man who is "Unknown of woman", who is uptight and sexually repressed, "pure" in mind as well as body. If Howie was the type of man who would be tempted by the offer of cheap sex with Willow then he wasn't the man they wanted for the sacrifice. Ironically, accepting her invitation would have saved his life.

Corrected entry: During the scene in the Green man when the locals are singing "The landlord's daughter" Willow takes a key off the wall and goes through a door and is seen leaving the bar, the next shot cuts in and she is back in the bar singing along and is standing next to the man playing the accordion.


Correction: Her father says "Show him to his room, would you?" She takes the key, and steps through the door. The cop doesn't follow because they start singing, so it's only natural she'd turn around. She's shown standing in the doorway.

Corrected entry: When Sgt Howie follows Miss Rose out of the classroom, he is holding his hat under his right arm, but when they get outside, Howie is holding his hat with both hands.


Correction: When he walks out, he's holding it in both hands. He continues holding it in both hands, then puts it under his right arm. A bunch of people pass, and he winds up holding it in both hands again. Nothing unnatural here.

Visible crew/equipment: In the director's cut, there's a scene where the bar-owner is tied up to the bed. A few seconds before it cuts away, a crew member's leg can be seen on the left hand side.

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Sergeant Howie: What religion can they possibly be learning jumping over bonfires?
Lord Summerisle: Parthenogenesis.
Sergeant Howie: What?
Lord Summerisle: Literally, as Miss Rose would doubtless say in her assiduous way, reproduction without sexual union.
Sergeant Howie: Oh, what is all this? I mean, you've got fake biology, fake religion... Sir, have these children never heard of Jesus?
Lord Summerisle: Himself the son of a virgin, impregnated, I believe, by a ghost.

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Trivia: In the Director's Cut - Robin Hardy who directed the film, appears at the beginning of the film in a "Hitchcock-style" cameo part as the church minister. (00:02:35)

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Question: If they needed a virgin for the ritual why does Britt try to seduce him? She could have spoiled everything.

Answer: He was a devout man of faith. They had to test his virtue, to tempt him to break the ten commandments or the seven deadly sins.

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