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Carrie Details


This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school. Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a result of ignorance and religious guilt drummed into her by her fanatical mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie), only causes her classmates' vicious cruelty to escalate, despite the attentions of her overly solicitous gym teacher (Betty Buckley). Finally, when the venomous Chris Hargenson (Nancy Allen) engineers a reprehensible prank at the school prom, Carrie lashes out in a horrifying display of her heretofore minor telekinetic powers. Many films had featured school bullies, but Carrie was one of the first to focus on the special brand of cruelty unique to teenage girls. Carrie's world is presented as a snake pit, where the well-to-do female students all have fangs -- even the reticent Sue Snell (Amy Irving) -- and all the males are blind pawns, sexually twisted around the fingers of Chris and her evil cronies. The talented supporting cast includes John Travolta, P.J. Soles, and William Katt. One of the genre's true classics, the film was followed by a sequel in 1999, as well as by a famously unsuccessful Broadway musical adaptation that starred Betty Buckley, the movie's gym teacher, as Margaret White. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:January 13, 1977


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Piper Laurie Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1976 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Piper Laurie Best Supporting Actress 1976 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sissy Spacek Best Actress 1976 Nominee


Sissy Spacek
as Carrie White
Piper Laurie
as Margaret White
Amy Irving
as Sue Snell
William Katt
as Tommy Ross
Nancy Allen
as Chris Hargenson
John Travolta
as Billy Nolan
Betty Buckley
as Miss Collins
Sidney Lassick
as Mr. Fromm
Stefan Gierasch
as Principal Morton
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Snell
Michael Talbott
as Freddy
P.J. Soles
as Norma Watson
Doug Cox
as The Beak
Noelle North
as Frieda
Anson Downes
as Ernest
Edie McClurg
as Helen
P.J. Soles
as Norma Watson
Anson Downes
as Ernest
Noelle North
as Frieda
Doug Cox
as The Beak


Brian De Palma
Paul Monash
Stephen King
Book Author
Larry Cohen
Mario Tosi
Pino Donaggio
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Hirsch
Jack Fisk
Art Director
Louis A. Stroller
Associate Producer
Robert Gould
Set Decorator
Rosanna Norton
Costume Designer
Bert Hallberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Donald Heitzer
First Assistant Director
Richard Weiker
Stunts Coordinator
Wes Dawn