The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper

Director: Jacques Demy Cast: Jack Wild, Donald Pleasence, John Hurt

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The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper eschews the romanticism of Robert Browning's poem and returns to the grim Grimm Brothers source. Pop singer Donovan plays the 14th century piper hired by a duplicitous burgomaster (Donald Pleasence) to rid the town of Hamelin of its rats. The piper does what he's asked, but is denied the payment promised him; in revenge, he leads all of Hamelin's children out of town, never to be seen again. Though the story is a familiar one, this 1972 Pied Piper is not a kiddie movie. Director Jacques Demy's depiction of the 14th century as a muddy, backward, superstitious, disease-ridden, vermin-infested era transforms this fable into a squalid tale of revenge (incidentally, all those repulsive rodents are real). Donovan is matched by a remarkably restrained Jack Wild as the crippled boy, and John Hurt also co-stars.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2008
UPC: 0844503000378
Original Release: 1972
Rating: G
Source: Legend Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:31:00

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Wild Gavin, the Crippled Boy, Melius' Apprentice
Donald Pleasence Baron
John Hurt Franz, Baron's Son
Donovan Piper
Michael Hordern Melius, Alchemist
Patsy Puttnam Gypsy's Wife, Helga
Roy Kinnear Burgermeister
Edwin Brown Actor
Diana Dors Burgermeister's Wife, Frau Poppendick
Peter Eyre Foppish Pilgram
Michael Goldie Actor
Roger Hammond Burgers
Arthur Hewlett Otto
Gertan Klauber Town Crier
David Leland Officer
Mary McLeod Maidservant
Andre Van Gyseghem Friar
John Welsh Chancellor
George Cormack Actor
Cathryn Harrison Burgermeister's Daughter, Lisa
Keith Buckley Gypsy Leader
Hamilton Dyce Papal Nuncio
Peter Vaughan Bishop

Technical Credits
Jacques Demy Director,Screenwriter
Andrew Birkin Screenwriter
Kenneth Clayton Musical Direction/Supervision
George Djurkovic Art Director
Donovan Score Composer,Songwriter
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
Vangie Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Lawrence Makeup
Sandy Lieberson Producer
Mark Peploe Screenwriter
David Puttnam Producer
John Stears Special Effects
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Garth Thomas Asst. Director
John Trumper Editor
Doug Turner Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pied Piper
1. Main Title/"The Plague!" [5:21]
2. The Minstrel [7:11]
3. An Ancient Remedy [5:45]
4. The Cathedral [5:21]
5. "The Pied Piper" [5:16]
6. A Coming Pestilence [4:42]
7. The Pope's Bidding [7:17]
8. Alchemy [4:36]
9. White Wedding [5:55]
10. "Ups and Downs" [6:26]
11. Hysteria [4:11]
12. To the River [4:53]
13. God's Will? [6:08]
14. The Inquisition [5:09]
15. Our Children [9:02]
16. End Credits [2:41]

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