Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Director: Jim Sharman

Cast: Jim Sharman, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

     
 

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This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle… See more details below

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This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet. With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation -- a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid. With the addition of colored dyes and some assistance from the weather, Frank brings to life a blonde young beefcake wearing nothing but skimpy shorts, who launches into song in his first minute of life. Just when Brad and Janet think things couldn't get any stranger, a biker (Meat Loaf) bursts onto the scene to reclaim Columbia, his ex-girlfriend. When Frank kills the biker, it's clear that Brad and Janet will be guests for the night, and that they may be next on Frank's list -- whether for murder or carnal delights is uncertain. And just what is that mystery meat they're eating for dinner, anyway? In addition to playing Riff Raff, O'Brien wrote the catchy songs, with John Barry and Richard Hartley composing the score. ~ Derek Armstrong

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Sharon Steinbach
After beginning as a small, offbeat London stage production, Rocky Horror's 1975 big screen release has since become the ultimate doctrine of decadence, with a timeless rock-'n'-roll soundtrack that defies comparison. Tim Curry stars as the deviant and devious Doctor Frank-N-Furter, an alien from Transsexual Transylvania. Homespun couple Brad and Janet, portrayed by Barry Bostwick (Spin City) and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), happen upon Furter's castle on the eve of the unveiling of his new creation, Rocky, his personal Adonis. Fellow Transsexual Transylvanians include butler Riff Raff (screenwriter Richard O'Brien), Magenta the maid (Patricia Quinn), and Columbia the groupie (Nell Campbell). Charles Gray appears as the narrator/criminologist and a pre-superstardom Meat Loaf delivers as ex-delivery boy Eddie. The film's popularity quickly matured as a subculture of midnight shows and audience participation emerged, of which acting out and acting up in the costume of a favorite character was the meat -- and throwing soggy food products was the potatoes. Employing the best-loved elements of kitschy thrillers and B-grade science fiction, this bizarre and fun-filled twist on love and inhibition continues to transcend generations a quarter century later.
All Movie Guide
The story of Rocky Horror Picture Show is not by itself what this film is about. The film's largest charm evolved from the fact that thousands upon thousands of dedicated fans lined up for midnight viewings all over the world which turned out to be participatory events. Viewers came dressed up as their favorite characters and gleefully reacted to the film atrocities, making it all the more fun. The story finds a couple, Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), who, when their car breaks down, are stranded in a remote castle populated by Transylvanian transvestites led by Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry). The carnal goings-on in this creep-house are more than Brad and Janet ever wished for when they came a-knockin'.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0024543755920
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Restored picture - Brand new 4K/2K master from the original camera negatives; The Midnight Experience: The Late Night, double feature, picture-in-picture show, vintage callback track(unrated), prop box, trivia track ; BD-Live: Live lookup powered by IMDb; Rocky-oke: Sing It!; The search for the 35th anniversary shadowcast: Don't Dream It, Be It (part I) and An-tic-i-pation (part II); Mick Rock (a photographer); Mick Rock's picture show (a gallery); Pressbook and poster gallery ; Audio commentary by Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn ; Deleted musical scenes and outtakes ; Alternative B&W opening ; Alternate credit ending and misprint ending; Rocky Horror double feature video show ; Beacon theater, New York City ; "Time Warp" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Curry Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Susan Sarandon Janet Weiss
Barry Bostwick Brad Majors
Richard O'Brien Riff Raff
Jonathan Adams Dr. Everett V. Scott
Nell Campbell Columbia
Peter Hinwood Rocky
Meat Loaf Eddie
Patricia Quinn Magenta
Mark Johnson Wedding Guest
Jeremy Newson Ralph Hapschatt
Koo Stark Bridesmaid
Charles Gray Criminologist
Hilary Labow Betty Munroe
Christopher Biggins Transylvanian
Gaye Brown Transylvanian
Ishaq Bux Transylvanian
Imogen Claire Transylvanian
Fran Fullenwider Transylvanian
Lindsay Ingram Transylvanian
Annabel Leventon Transylvanian
Anthony Milner Transylvanian
Henry Woolf Transylvanian
Sadie Corré Transylvanian Dancer

Technical Credits
Jim Sharman Director,Screenwriter
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Lou Adler Executive Producer
Sue Blane Costumes/Costume Designer
Graeme Clifford Editor
Gillian Dods Costumes/Costume Designer
John Goldstone Associate Producer
Mike Gowans Asst. Director
Richard Hartley Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael White Producer
Richard O'Brien Songwriter,Screenwriter
Richard Pointing Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Brian Thomson Production Designer
David Toguri Choreography
Wally Veevers Special Effects

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