To The Devil A Daughter (1976)

To The Devil A Daughter

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Christopher Lee stars in this weak occult melodrama as Father Michael Rayner, an excommunicated priest who decides to save the world from its decadence by teaming up with Satan. Richard Widmark is on hand as John Verney, out to stop Rayner's satanic rituals and helped along on the path of goodness by friends Anna Fountain (Honor Blackman) and David (Anthony Valentine). The plot centers on distraught father Henry Beddows (Denholm Elliott), who has signed over his daughter Catherine (Nastassja … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Cult Movies
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On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
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Cast


as John Verney

as Father Michael

as Henry Beddows

as George de Grass

as Eveline de Grass

as German Matron

as Room Attendant

as Salvation Army Major

as Sister Helle
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Critic Reviews for To The Devil A Daughter

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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The black magic thriller is undoubtedly cheesy but, no matter, I always get a kick out of Christopher Lee and Richard Widmark, even if the latter is miscast.

Full Review… | December 23, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A good suspense film that fell apart.

Full Review… | May 11, 2003
Goatdog's Movies

Shockingly bad adaptation of the Wheatley novel.

November 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for To The Devil A Daughter

Old pros Widmark, Lee, Blackman and Elliott perform well but it's all a bunch of hooey.

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jay nixon

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Personally I preferred the plot of this Wheatley adaptation to The Devil Rides Out. The high production standards mean that the special effects are less amusing - but at times there is a lack of atmosphere, meaning that the melodramatic nature of the plot/acting can feel a little silly. I rather liked the finale, though it was anti-climatic.

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Kylie B

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Something of a missed opportunity for Hammer this has much higher production values than their previous efforts and uses some pretty well known actors from the 70's in one of their last hurrahs. Unfortunately despite their best efforts to create their own version of 'Rosemary's Baby' mixed with 'The Exorcist' they are let down by a poor script and a damp squid of an ending. The whole thing looks like it's building up to some great confrontation between Lee and Widmark but as soon as Widmark throws a stone at Lee it is all over. What a let-down! Kinski is very young here and her acting is a bit dodgy (as she is forced to do a completely pointless nude scene at the end) but Lee, Blackman and Goodliffe are good and Elliott does a very good nutter impression. Widmark has obviously been brought in to attract the American market but really Hammer should have gone for someone a bit younger like Hackman or Finney (probably out of their budget) as his presence here doesn't really add anything and his motives are never really clear. In the end the whole thing looks like it's been heavily edited to cut the running time but this leaves too many plot-holes and despite the running time the film still drags. One for hardened Hammer fans only.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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