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Released 1976
Distributor United Artists

Stephen King’s potboiler about a troubled teen with psychic powers was all the inspiration Brian De Palma needed to create a modern classic combining bloody exploitation shocks with brilliantly played dysfunctional family drama. Audiences were beguiled by Sissy Spacek’s heartbreaking portrayal of the ultimate wallflower while terrified by Piper Laurie’s hilarious and horrifying mom-from-hell. Both Spacek and Laurie were nominated for Oscars.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.