Shout, The

Date: 1978
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Production Company: The Rank Organisation, Jeremy Thomas Productions, Recorded Picture Company (RPC)

Stars: Alan Bates, John Hurt, Susannah York, Robert Stephens, Tim Curry
Location(s): Devon

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Storyline:

A mysterious traveller invades the isolated home of a musician and his wife and claims that he has been taught how to produce a shout that can kill.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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The rain pours down as Rachel Fielding (Susannah York) rushes into the psychiatric hospital where she works. Hartland Abbey in Devon.

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Carrying a pointing bone, an Aboriginal Magician approaches the camera while the titles roll.

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In flashback, Charles Crossley (Alan Bates) heads for the hospital on his Ariel Four Square combination.

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Crossley overtakes Rachel’s Citroën 2CV as she gives her husband Anthony a lift to the hospital where he is to play cricket.

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In his Mini, Robert Graves passes Rachel as she drives away from dropping Anthony off. Hartland Abbey on the Hartland Peninsula.

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Crossley helps to move the score box into position.

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Jumping out of the score box, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer (Robert Stephens) approaches Robert Graves (Tim Curry) to tell him that he’s scoring with Crossley.

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Patients take their seats in readiness for the match. The grounds of Hartland Abbey with the tower of St. Nectan’s church in the left distance.

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Anthony Fielding (John Hurt) prepares to bat as Charles begins to tell the story of a man who lost his wife.

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When she discovers a buckle missing from one of her sandals, Rachel visits the local Cobbler while Anthony waits outside. Castle Street, Winkleigh in Devon.

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The couple make their way home. Facing south-west on Castle Street in Winkleigh.

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Running late for Sunday service, Anthony cycles to church where he is meant to be playing the organ. Westleigh near Bideford in Devon.

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The shot continues to follow the sound technician past the wall of Torr House, opposite St. Peter’s church in Westleigh.

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At the end of the service Anthony leaves the church. The church of St. Peter in Westleigh.

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As he grabs his bike, the musician notices that the back tyre is flat. The church yard of St. Peter in Westleigh, Devon.

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Reaching home, Anthony discovers Crossley sitting against the wall. Outside Blackpool Mill Cottage on the Hartland Abbey estate.

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The mysterious stranger follows Anthony inside after inviting himself to Sunday lunch. Blackpool Mill Cottage west of Hartland in Devon.

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As they walk from the cottage, Crossley explains to Anthony that whilst living in the Australian Outback for eighteen years a Magician had taught him a ‘Terror Shout’ that could kill.

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Anthony tells Crossley that he would like to hear the shout. In the left distance stands the tower of the Parish Church of St. Nectan in Stoke.

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The camera pans with the pair as they walk to the beach. Looking onto Abbey River Beach or Blegberry Beach from Berry Cliff.

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The shot ends with a view of the Atlantic Ocean from Berry Cliff on the Hartland Peninsula.

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On the dunes the following day, Anthony plugs his ears with wax as Crossley strides away before demonstrating ‘The Shout’. Saunton Sands in Devon as seen in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘A Matter of Life and Death’.

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Crossley’s narrative is punctuated by a return to the cricket match at the asylum. Hartland Abbey was also seen in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’.

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Back in the story, Rachel climbs onto the shared bike after buying supplies in the village. The phone number on the van gives the location away as South Street in Winkleigh.

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Turning in the street, Rachel rides homeward. Looking along South Street towards Fore Street in Winkleigh, Devon.

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Under the stranger’s spell, Rachel follows Crossley into the cottage after Anthony is persuaded to go to the village.

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Anthony runs from the cottage as Crossley and his wife go to bed. Blackpool Mill Cottage on the coast near Hartland in Devon.