The Shout
The Shout (1979)

An asylum director begins telling a visitor to a cricket game the story of one of his "better" patients, Crossley (Alan Bates) who is able to compete. Some time previously, Crossley accosted Anthony (John Hurt), a composer, just… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: November 9, 1979
DVD Release Date: June 1, 1978
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[The Shout] is shrewd, imaginative moviemaking.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Shout is an elegant looking movie, nicely performed, but because it leaves one knowing less than one did at the beginning, it is easily forgettable.

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TV Guide

A strange, disturbing, and elusive tale.

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Variety Staff

Skolimowski has been able to create a gripping film that holds attention most of the way through its economical length.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What makes the movie terrifying is the way in which the outback magic is introduced so naturally into the placid fabric of village life.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Robert Graves's weird story becomes a weird movie.

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Jennifer Selway
Time Out

Skolimowski's second feature made in Britain is something of a triumph for independent production, with an impressively streamlined screenplay and faultless performances.

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Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep

It undoubtedly succeeds in creating a disturbing and quite genuinely creepy world.

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Elliott Stein
Film Comment Magazine

My thoughts were elsewhere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
very odd but i couldn't stop watching it so that must count for something. stellar cast. alan bates terrorizes john hurt with aboriginal magic...or does… More
Eric Broome
John Hurt and Susannah York are a happy couple in some small English village. Burly, intimidating Alan Bates wanders into town, fresh from 18 years in the… More
paul sandberg
Capturing a flavor of the decade prior (the 60's) this film is almost real to the point of surrealism, with a quirky story line brilliantly told through… More
Cindy I
Either this film about a mystery man who moves in and, Rasputin-style, takes over the lives of a couple is too deep for me or just incredibly inane and… More