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Ruby (1977 film)

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Director  Curtis Harrington
Budget  600,000 USD
Language  English
5.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Horror
Music director  Don Ellis
Country  United States
Ruby (1977 film) movie poster
Release date  June 23, 1977 (1977-06-23)
Writer  George Edwards (screenplay), Steve Krantz (story), Barry Schneider (screenplay)
Cast  Piper Laurie (Ruby), Stuart Whitman (Vince), Janit Baldwin (Leslie), Roger Davis (Dr. Paul Keller), Crystin Sinclaire (Lila June)
Similar movies  Walking Tall, Deadbeat, Mad Max: Fury Road, Taken 3, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, John Wick
Tagline  Christened in blood. Raised in sin. She's sweet sixteen, let the party begin!

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Ruby is a 1977 horror drama film directed by Curtis Harrington, which was one of his last horror films. The film centres on a woman named Ruby Claire (played by Piper Laurie) who is the mother of a deaf-mute girl. She runs a drive-in theatre where bizarre things begin to happen to her employees and the spirit of her dead husband possesses her daughter.


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In 1935, a lowlife mobster, Nicky Rocco, is betrayed and executed in the swampy backwoods as his pregnant gun-moll, Ruby Claire watches. He swears vengeance with his dying breath, and then she suddenly goes into labour. Sixteen years later in 1951, Ruby is now running a drive-in theatre in the backwoods near her home and employs some ex-mobsters. Her 16-year-old daughter, Leslie Claire, is mute and has been since birth.

Soon strange and bizarre accidents claim the lives of Ruby's employees, then Leslie begins to show strange behaviour, and then begins to speak... in her dead father's voice. Nicky Rocco possesses his daughter's body and terrorizes Ruby with levitations, telekinesis, maniacal laughing and bizarre sexual aggression.


  • Piper Laurie as Ruby Claire
  • Stuart Whitman as Vince Kemper
  • Roger Davis as Dr. Paul Keller
  • Janit Baldwin as Leslie Claire
  • Sal Vecchio as Nicky Rocco
  • Paul Kent as Louie
  • Len Lesser as Barney
  • Crystin Sinclaire as Lila June
  • Jack Perkins as Avery
  • Eddy Donno as Jess
  • Fred Kohler Jr. as Jake Miller
  • Rory Stevens as Donny
  • Raymond Kark as 1st Man
  • Jan Burrell as 1st Woman
  • Kip Gillespie as Herbie
  • Tamar Cooper as S Woman
  • Patricia Allison as Pickup Man's Wife
  • Stu Olson as A Man
  • Mary Margaret Robinson as Maybelline, Sheriff's Wife
  • Michael Alldredge as Sheriff's Wife's Date
  • Release

    The film was released theatrically in the United States by Dimension Pictures in August 1977.

    Ruby was long available on video in the U.S. only in a re-edited (and apparently re-shot by director Stephanie Rothman) for television, deleting the R-rated violence and adding new dialogue scenes.

    VCI's DVD was released on June 26, 2001 and is presented in its original theatrical version; however, this is not a director's cut: it contains Krantz's abrupt, horror ending rather than Harrington's intended romantic one. It is presented in widescreen but not anamorphic. The special features include: the original theatrical trailer, motion menu, scene selection, commentary with Curtis Harrington and Piper Laurie, interview with Curtis Harrington, photo gallery, and Director's Theatrical Cut. This version is currently out of print.


    Critical reception for Ruby has been negative. Time Out magazine, stated that the film starts well, but was ruined by "cluttered art direction", "nostalgic flashbacks", and predictability. Variety gave the film a negative review, noting the film's promising start, but felt that it was bogged down by poor performances from the film's cast.


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