The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man (1973)

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Corrected entry: Willow's naked dancing and song was to try to 'call' Sergeant Howie to her for sex - they talk about it the next morning when she is disappointed he didn't come. But one of the reasons the islanders wanted him as a sacrifice was because he was a virgin. If she had succeeded she would have ruined everything for them, it doesn't make sense that she does this.

Correction: It makes perfect sense. They want a man who is "Unknown of woman", who is uptight and sexually repressed, "pure" in mind as well as body. If Howie was the type of man who would be tempted by the offer of cheap sex with Willow then he wasn't the man they wanted for the sacrifice. Ironically, accepting her invitation would have saved his life.

Corrected entry: During the scene in the Green man when the locals are singing "The landlord's daughter" Willow takes a key off the wall and goes through a door and is seen leaving the bar, the next shot cuts in and she is back in the bar singing along and is standing next to the man playing the accordion.


Correction: Her father says "Show him to his room, would you?" She takes the key, and steps through the door. The cop doesn't follow because they start singing, so it's only natural she'd turn around. She's shown standing in the doorway.

Corrected entry: When Sgt Howie follows Miss Rose out of the classroom, he is holding his hat under his right arm, but when they get outside, Howie is holding his hat with both hands.


Correction: When he walks out, he's holding it in both hands. He continues holding it in both hands, then puts it under his right arm. A bunch of people pass, and he winds up holding it in both hands again. Nothing unnatural here.

Other mistake: During his conversation with the landlord of the pub he ends up staying in, Sergeant Howie makes it clear that he did not intend to stay on Summerisle overnight, that he had been delayed and so needed accommodation. Makes you wonder why he packed his pyjamas. He's wearing them when Britt Ecklund does her famous naked song and dance routine, and they are not new so we know he didn't buy them that day. When he arrived he didn't even think he'd be on Summerisle for more than a few hours - we don't see him with so much as an overnight bag.

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Sergeant Howie: What religion can they possibly be learning jumping over bonfires?
Lord Summerisle: Parthenogenesis.
Sergeant Howie: What?
Lord Summerisle: Literally, as Miss Rose would doubtless say in her assiduous way, reproduction without sexual union.
Sergeant Howie: Oh, what is all this? I mean, you've got fake biology, fake religion... Sir, have these children never heard of Jesus?
Lord Summerisle: Himself the son of a virgin, impregnated, I believe, by a ghost.

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Question: Why doesn't Howie try to escape when being carried up to the wicker man?

Answer: What's the use? He's surrounded, he can't fight everyone and there's nowhere for him to run.


He is also a fundametally religious man and he believes that he is going to die and go to heaven.

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