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Ken Russell (screenplay)
John Whiting (based on the play by)
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16 July 1971 (USA) See more »
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A grim and masterful tale. See more (101 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Sister Jeanne

Oliver Reed ... Urbain Grandier

Dudley Sutton ... Baron De Laubardemont

Max Adrian ... Ibert

Gemma Jones ... Madeleine

Murray Melvin ... Mignon

Michael Gothard ... Father Barre

Georgina Hale ... Philippe

Brian Murphy ... Adam
Christopher Logue ... Cardinal Richelieu

Graham Armitage ... Louis XIII

John Woodvine ... Trincant

Andrew Faulds ... Rangier

Kenneth Colley ... Legrand

Judith Paris ... Sister Judith
Catherine Willmer ... Sister Catherine
Iza Teller ... Sister Iza
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Ashton ... Gossiping woman (uncredited)
Imogen Claire ... Nun (uncredited)
Barbie Denham ... Vestal Virgin (uncredited)
Selina Gilbert ... Nun (uncredited)
Cheryl Grunwald ... Vestal Virgin (uncredited)
Doremy Vernon ... Nun (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Russell 
Writing credits
Ken Russell (screenplay)

John Whiting (based on the play by)

Aldous Huxley (novel "The Devils of Loudon")

Produced by
Roy Baird .... associate producer
Ken Russell .... producer
Robert H. Solo .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Maxwell Davies 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Production Design by
Derek Jarman 
Art Direction by
Robert Cartwright 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
Makeup Department
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist
Ross Carver .... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Graham Ford .... unit manager
Neville C. Thompson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Morley .... assistant director
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
George Ball .... property manager
Derek Jarman .... set designer
Alan Tomkins .... assistant art director
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Leslie Dilley .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer (uncredited)
Tim Wake .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer
Terry Rawlings .... dubbing editor
Brian Simmons .... sound recordist
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Richardson .... special effects
Peter Brayham .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Fielder .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Ewens .... assistant camera
John Swan .... electrical supervisor
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
Robin Browne .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Stuart Baird .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Maxwell Davies .... conductor
David Munrow .... period music arranger and director
Other crew
Harry Benn .... production controller
Terry Gilbert .... choreographer
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Ken Russell's Film of The Devils" - UK (long title)
"The Devils of Loudun" -
"Los demonios" - Colombia (imdb display title), Mexico (imdb display title), Spain (imdb display title)
"Djävlarna" - Finland (Swedish title) (informal title), Sweden
"Los diablos" - Colombia (alternative title), Mexico (alternative title)
"Дьяволы" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Дяволите от Лудон" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Ördögök" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"De bezetenen" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Diably" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Die Teufel" - West Germany
"Djævlene" - Denmark
"I diavoli" - Italy
"Les diables" - France
"Los Demonios" - Chile (censored version)
"Nikutai no Akuma" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Oi daimonismenes" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Os Demônios" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Os diabos" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Paholaiset" - Finland (imdb display title)
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111 min | UK:117 min (restored version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Australia:M (video rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1985) (video release) | Finland:(Banned) (1971) (theatrical release) | France:16 | Ireland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating on appeal) (1972) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) (1971) | Norway:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:18 (re-rating) (1988) | USA:R (certificate #434) (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Ken Russell has said that he had to be gentle with Max Adrian because he was rather frail at the time.See more »
Continuity: Early in the movie when Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) is seen grooming his hair. It is a close-up of him supposedly looking at a mirror in the upper left hand corner of the screen, behind the viewer. Obviously there is no mirror as he consistently misses combing the more egregiously messed up parts of his hair and instead repeatedly combs the portions that are already groomed. In fact when he is done, his hair is still messed up.See more »
Grandier:What fresh lunacy is this? A crocodile?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil (2012) (TV)See more »
Bourrée d'AvignonSee more »


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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A grim and masterful tale., 9 August 1999
Author: Autonome from Portland, Oregon

Well the philosophical statements and commentary embedded into this film are far too numerous to evaluate. It's every line of dialog and every character. The overall moral of the story seemed to me that 'If a leader truly departs from the structure of power and refuses to submit to the boot of governance, and then starts to have real power and a following of their own, they will be utterly destroyed.', but there are many other equally ominous themes to choose from. I wish I could say I haven't watched stories which seemed hauntingly similar to Loudon's played out on the news many times.

But beyond the 'moral' as I see it, is the truly very creepy feel to the whole film. The scene in which an entire convent of naked nuns are being exorcised by an inquisitor of the 'demons' that are forcing them into a wild orgy of sex, is genuinely memorable as one of film's most surreal scenes. Amazingly, these events happen in a quite understandable sequence for logical (if nightmarish) reasons under Russell's direction. These people really seemed from a whole different world, as if they weren't human but they obviously were all-too human, and the sudden realization that this might actually be closer to the heritage of my own culture than what I was taught REALLY creeped me out. A very effective device. Almost made me ill to imagine it. A very powerful film, one of my picks for an all time best film.

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