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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1975
Running Times: 100 mins
Length: 2680 metres
Format: Eastmancolor 35mm
Ratio: 1.66:1 (negative ratio) 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
Sound: mono Chace Surround (on video/laserdisc/DVD)

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox
Executive Producer: Lou Adler
Producer: Michael White
Associate Producer: John Goldstone
Production Manager:
John Comfort

SCRIPT
Script: Jim Sharman, Richard O'Brien
Play: The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien

DIRECTION
Director: Jim Sharman
1st Assistant Director: Mike Gowans

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Peter Suschitzky
Camera Operator: Denis Lewiston
Camera Focus: Mike Roberts
Stills: John Jay (uncredited)
Laboratories: DeLuxe; Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Graeme Clifford
Assistant Editor: Rodney Glenn
Post Production: Thorn EMI Elstree Studios

MUSIC
Music: Richard Hartley, Richard O'Brien
Principal Musicians: Count Ian Blair, Rabbit (real name: John Bundrick), Mick Grabham, Phil Kenzie, B.J. Wilson, David Wintour, Richard Hartley
Musical Director/Arranger: Richard Hartley
Music Recordist: Keith Grant
Music Editor: Graeme Clifford
Music Recorded At: Olympic Studios

SOUND
Sound Recordist: Ron Barron
Boom Operator: Peter Glossop (uncredited)
Dubbing Mixer: Bill Rowe
Dubbing Editor: Ian Fuller

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Original Make Up Designer: Pierre La Roche
Make Up: Peter Robb-King
Hair: Ramon Gow
Costume Designer: Sue Blane
Wardrobe: Gillian Dods, Richard Pointing

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Colin Chilvers, Wally Veevers

VISUAL EFFECTS
Title Sequences: Camera Effects Ltd

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Brian Thomson
Art Director: Terry Ackland-Snow
Set Dresser: Ian Whittaker
Construction Manager: Dick Frift

MISCELLANEOUS
Continuity: Sue Merry
Production Accountant: Ron Swinburne
Choreographer: David Toguri
Publicist: Geoff Freeman (uncredited)
Production Services: Ruby Service Company
Action Cars: Nine Nine Cars Ltd

LOCATIONS
Studio: Bray Studios, Berkshire, England, UK
Locations: Oakley Court, Berkshire, England, UK

STUNTS
Stunts: Ken Shepherd (uncredited)

CASTING
Casting Consultant (UK): Celestia Fox
Casting Consultant (USA): Otto and Windsor

CAST
Tim Curry (Doctor Frank-N-Furter (a scientist))
Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss (a heroine))
Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors (a hero))
Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff (a handyman))
Patricia Quinn (Magenta (a domestic))
Little Nell (real name: Nell Campbell) (Columbia (a groupie))
Jonathan Adams (Dr Everett Von Scott)
Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror (a creation))
Meatloaf (Eddie (ex-delivery boy))
Charles Gray (the criminologist (an expert))
Jeremy Newson (Ralph Hapschatt)
Hilary Labow (Betty Munroe)
Perry Bedden, Christopher Biggins, Gaye Brown, Ishaq Bux, Stephen Calcutt, Hugh Cecil, Imogen Claire, Tony Cowan, Sadie Corre, Fran Fullenwider, Lindsay Ingram, Peggy Ledger, Annabelle Leventon, Anthony Milner, Pamela Obermeyer, Tony Then, Kimi Wong, Henry Woolf, Rufus Collins (uncredited) (the Transylvanians)
Gina Barrie, Petra Leah, Koo Stark (bridesmaids - all uncredited)
Frank Lester (father at wedding - uncredited)
John Marquand (father - uncredited)

PLOT SUMMARY

Brad Majors and Janet Weiss find themselves stranded at a daunting castle one wild and stormy night. Owner of this imposing gothic retreat is Frank N. Furter, a deranged transvestite scientist from the planet Transylvania who's created a perfect specimen of manhood, Rocky in his lab.

CAPSULE REVIEW

One of the most over-rated film of all time, this overblown adaptation of O'Brien's cult musical is good for just one decent song and a truly outrageous performance from Curry. in stockings, suspenders and other items of exotic lingerie, Curry is spectacular in an otherwise unremarkable film. Rocky Horror's only highlight is the show stopping and enduring Time Warp sequence and after this it's downhill all the way, the film quickly degenerating into a meandering farce. Rocky Horror's success has been due mostly to a fanatical hardcore following and their interactions with the film - often more entertaining than the film itself - that has elevated the film to cult status.

AVAILABILITY

Germany
Laserdisc Distributor: CBS Fox (1424-05)
DVD Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (25th Anniversary Edition; includes - commentary from Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn; Superheroes alternate ending accessible through seamless branching; Wizard of Oz version with black and white opening; audience participation track; alternate credit sequence; deleted scenes; alternative takes; Sing-A-Long Karaoke section; production stills; The Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show documentary; Hot Patootie music video; interviews)

Japan
Laserdisc Distributor: CBS Fox (PILF-1779)

UK
Laserdisc Distributor: Encore (EE 1100)

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video Distributor: CBS/Fox Video
Laserdisc Distributors: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video (0669685); Twentieth Century Fox Home Video (1974-85 - 20th Anniversary Edition; includes - audience participation audio track; alternate credit sequence; 24k gold soundtrack CD; Creatures of the Night 2: More of the Rocky Horror Experience book by Sal Piro; alternate takes; Sing-A-Long Karaoke section; theatrical trailers; production stills; The Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show documentary; In the beginning... The Picture Show documentary - Box Office Failure to Cult Heroes documentary); CBS Fox (1974-80)
DVD Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2000574 - 25th Anniversary Edition; includes - commentary from Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn; Superheroes alternate ending accessible through seamless branching; Wizard of Oz version with black and white opening; audience participation track; alternate credit sequence; deleted scenes; alternative takes; Sing-A-Long Karaoke section; production stills; The Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show documentary; Hot Patootie music video; interviews)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: M

Finland
Rating: K-14

France
Rating: -12

Germany
Rating: 12

Italy
Rating: VM14

Japan
Rating: R

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 15

USA
Rating: R

West Germany
Rating: 12

AWARDS

2000
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, USA

Sierra Award Best DVD - nominated (for the 25th Anniversary Edition)

TIMELINE

1975
September

26: USA - theatrical release

1976
June

24: West Germany - theatrical release

1978
June

4: Sweden - theatrical release

1988
July

1: Finland - theatrical release

1992
December

23: USA - laserdisc release (CBS Fox (1974-80))

1993
October

Day Unknown: Germany - laserdisc release (CBS Fox (1424-05))

1995
December

20: USA - laserdisc release (Twentieth Century Fox Home Video (1974-85))

1996
April

22: UK - laserdisc release (Encore (EE 1100))

1997
October

29: USA - laserdisc release (20th Century Fox Home Video (0669685))

1998
June

20: South Korea - theatrical release

2000
October

3: USA - DVD release (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2000574 - 25th Anniversary Edition))

2001
January

18: Czech Republic - theatrical release

February
8: Germany - DVD release (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (25th Anniversary Edition))

POSTER TAGS

Action-packed... lotsa larfs & sex... gorgeous gals... thrills & chills... Transylvanian parties... romance

A Different Set Of Jaws.

Another Kind Of Rocky.

He's the hero - that's right, the hero!!

Give yourself over to absolute pleasure

Don't Dream it, Be It!

LINKS

SEQUEL
Shock Treatment (1981)

SEE ALSO
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Doctor X (1932)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Invisible Man (1933)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
King Kong (1933)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Tarantula (1955)
When Worlds Collide (1951)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000)
Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)
Rocky Horror 25: Anniversary Special (2000)
The Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show (1995)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Empire November 1998 p.100 (UK)
review

Entertainment Weekly vol.1 no.562 (6 October 2000) P.63 (USA)
review (by Rob Brunner)

Hollywood no.1 (November 1995) (Croatia)
article (by Koraljka Dilic)

BOOKS

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book - edited by Bill Henkin (New York City: Hawthorn/Dutton Books (1979))
production notes

KEYWORDS

play into film; aliens; human experiments; mad scientists; hunchbacks; castles; musicals; sex; transvestitism; homosexuality; bisexuality; artificial humans; cannibalism; bikers; laboratories; motorcycles; weddings; old dark houses; paraplegics; swimming pools; dancing; wheelchairs


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