The Wicker Man (1973) Wikia

Arranged roughly in the order the scenes are in the Director's Cut.

(Click on any pic for more info about it and to see it at its full resolution. Images are constrained here to fit this format.)

Scouting before the filming began[]

Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward by a canon at Culzean. (Brown says this on the grounds of Lochinch Castle.) Proabably taken on the same day (10/4) as the other shot of them with the Earl of Stair, before shooting started that is seen in the Brown book. (pg 465 of the iBook)

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Lee and Woodward looking into a stone structure now known to be Snib's Cave, Bennane Head, South Ayrshire.

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Hardy, Lee, James (Jimmy) Miller, the Provost of Girvan, and Woodward at an unknown location in Ballantrae. Possibly on the same day as these other shots, Oct 4, 1972? The caption of the Galloway Gazette of 12/4/98 says, "Film stars Christopher Lee (second left) and Edward Woodward discuss filming location in Ballantrae with director Robin Hardy."

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Mainland harbor[]

A shot of Howie being rowed ashore In Stranraer.

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Some pics taken by locals. Margaret White's friend. Graham Hunter 1, 2.

Mainland church scene[]

Gary Carpenter as the organist (in drag). Robin Hardy as a minister for his cameo. (Greyfriars Episcopal Churchchurch in Kirkcudbright.)

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Robin confers with Peter Snell.

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Robin outside that church (Greyfriars Episcopal Churchchurch in Kirkcudbright)

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Howie and Robin

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Howie in his plane[]

Arriving (Plockton)

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When his plane won't start

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Below is press photo WMX 6 "Director ROBIN HARDY lines up a shot with EDWARD WOODWARD during location filming of THE WICKER MAN at Plockton Harbour, Scotland,"

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The Green Man[]

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Robin Gregory, a sound mixer crewman, speaks with Paul Giovanni.


Ted Morley, the production manager.


More unknown crew.


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Robin Gregory, Paul Giovanni. I am not sure who the man in the turtleneck is.


Robin Gregory and Paul.


Britt giving Edward a message. (Not a missing scene...)

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Dr Ewan[]

Same as the publicity photo but this shot includes a crewman. (18 High St, Gatehouse of Fleet.)

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Is that Harry Waxman in the white cap?

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The same picture as above...

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The Maypole[]

Press photo labelled WMS 8 "On Summerisle, children are taught that the maypole is a phallic symbol. Police Sergeant Neil Howie (EDWARD WOODWARD) is astonished to hear the boys singing a bawdy song as they dance round it."

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The band.

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An unknown shot, probably by the schoolhouse, showing the crew and the fake cherry trees.

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See also the Richard Demarco archives for 3 more pics of the Maypole and one showing the schoolhouse.

The schoolhouse[]

A scene not found in the movie. Howie looking in at Miss Rose. Miss Rose wearing a cardigan she is not seen wearing in the movie, and an angle not seen in the movie.

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txMiss Rose and Howie at the blackboard before it was erased.

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The Fire Dance[]

Look for a Polaroid pic of the dancers taken by James Fitzsimmons, the son of the butler to Lord and Lady Stair, in Nuada #3, in the article titled What The Butler Saw. (Don't expect good quality...)

At Lord Summerisle's Castle[]

This shot, taken a Logan Botanic Gardens by the ruins of Castle Balzieland was probably for a shot that got cut out of Howie and Lord Summerisle walking in the gardens, with Lord Summerisle talking about apples.

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We Carry Death[]

Thanks to Alan Linda McGhie's father, we have these priceless shots of this scene being shot in Whithorn by the library.

First, Howie being prepared by the crew.

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Then a shot of the kids having already passed the library.

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A shot from Charlotte Bennie of the Whithorn History Facebook group. The crewman to the left of Howie in the sheepskin jacket is also seen in the Plockton home movies.

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Another pic, this one from Shaun Mcg. It shows the second group of children used.

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The Search for Rowan[]

Robin Hardy adjusts the dolls in Isle Castle, Isle of Whithorn.

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He may be in the background in this shot.

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Howie about to smack the dolls away.

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These two pics from Byron Chamberlain appears to be scene 26, Howie searching upstairs at May's, a scene that got cut. Taken at 2 George St, Whithorn on Nov 12.

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The procession[]

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At St Ninian's cave[]

On the beach in front of St. Ninian's cave, it looks like they are setting up where the horse and cart would be. You can see a tractor in that spot.

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The crew preparing Broome and Rowan. Howie is not seen.

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A similar shot, this one showing Broome walking towards Howie. That might be Robin Hardy in the dark outfit half-way up there.

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On the cliffs[]

Four of the antler dancers relaxing.

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Edward Woodward relaxing.

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The cast and crew around the hole where Rowan would emerge.

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This looks like a scene where Howie is surrounded or is perhaps being anointed.

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The Wicker Man[]


The Hero man being constructed.

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Seamus Flannery standing by the dead tree, on the right, as it was installed.

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Note the skinny legs before the wrappings were applied.

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Building the WM

Note the skinny legs before the wrappings were applied.

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Note the guard rails around the man.

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With crew and cast

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2 versions of the same shot, the first sharper, the second larger.

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Byron Chamberlain pics

(Some supplied by Dorothy Compton, his granddaughter.)

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(Note that she has the poodle but where did the child go?)

Snell, Shaffer and Hardy

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Howie and Willow by the cliffs

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Willow wrapped up

Lord Summerisle and Willow waiting. We don't know who the other man is.

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Stunt man (Bronco McLoughlin)

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Cue boards

(3 versions of the same shot, 2 cropped differently, one larger.)

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The Wicker Man on fire

Robin Hardy on the steps of the Hero man.

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The firemen hosing it down.

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A similar pic slightly to the right of that.

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Perhaps the most valuable behind the scenes pic I have seen... the crew filming the final shot.

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A pic from Elliot Robb who was a fireman on-site.

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See also the Richard Demarco archives for 3 pics of the Wicker Man.

Some of the men at Keeley Hire (Film and Television) Ltd near London who built the "men" preparing two torsos and other parts (those are fingers on arms inside the nearest torso) to be shipped up to the site in Scotland.

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One on display at the Cannes Film Festival, May 10-25, 1973.

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2 George St, Whithorn[]

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2 George St was the home of Byron Chamberlain. According to him, they shot the scene of the girl falling out of the closet here (others say it was shot in Plockton) or the missing scene of Howie finding Rowan's clothes upstairs at May's.

Here is one of the crew and Edward Woodward outside Byron's daughter's bedroom (Behind the scenes) (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Compton and Phil Heslop.)

This next pic was taken inside the bedroom. (Last pic in the "search for Rowan" set above.)


Byron's daughter Catherine with his younger son Craig and Edward Woodward in the Chamberlain's upstairs living room.


Unknown dates[]

Some of the cast. (The first photo was thought to be the Kirroughtree House Hotel but Lesley Mackie and others don't think so now.)

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An unknown music student, Paul Giovanni and Gary Carpenter at DeLane Lea, Wembley recording studio working on the soundtrack.

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Recording engineer Louis Austin at DeLane Lea, Wembley recording studios, working on the soundtrack.

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Lelsey Mackie rehearsing at DeLane Lea, Wembley recording studio.

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