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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 film that embodies genres such as comedy, horror, and musical. It was created by writers Richard O'Brien (1942-) and Jim Sharman (1945-) and directed by Sharman as well. It is based on the 1973 musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, which was written by O'Brien, who wanted to combine elements of science fiction and B horror movies and add in a twist of camp.
English actor and singer Timothy James Curry (1946-) stars in the film as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist who welcomes the troubled and newly engaged couple Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, played by Susan Sarandon (1946-) and Barry Bostwick (1945-), into his bizarre castle, where strange events occur for the duration of their stay.
When first released, critics and reviewers were quick to note that the film was not a success or worthy of attention because of its campy qualities or what they deemed as a pointless plot. It has since gained a passionate and global cult following that saw the film break records as the longest continually running movie release of all time and gross over $170 million worldwide. In 2005, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film as culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant by selecting it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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