The Wicker Man

(USA/Germany, 2006, 101 minutes)

A shellshocked policeman is asked by a former flame, now living in a closeted, matriarchal island community, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her daughter. Ill-judged remake of the eponymous British cult classic of the 1970s; the plot remains unchanged and works for most of its length as a thriller in the mould of The Lady Vanishes, but the ending is so clumsily handled that the film simply drowns.

Millennium Films presents a Saturn Films/Emmett-Furla Films production for Equity Pictures Medienfonds and Nu Image Entertainment. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy, Molly Parker, Leelee Sobieski. Directed by Neil LaBute; produced by Nicolas Cage, Norm Golightly, Randall Emmett, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson; screenplay by Neil LaBute, based on the original screenplay by Anthony Shaffer for Robin Hardy's 1973 film The Wicker Man, based on the novel Ritual by David Pinner; music by Angelo Badalamenti; director of photography, Paul Sarossy; production designer, Phillip Barker; costume designer, Lynette Meyer; film editor, Joel Plotch.


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