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The Power (1968)

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One by one members of a special project team are being killed by telekinesis - the ability to move things with the power of the mind alone. The race is to determine which of the remaining team members is the murderer and to stop them.

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Cast

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Prof. Jim Tanner
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Prof. Margery Lansing
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Prof. Norman E. Van Zandt
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Mrs. Sally Hallson
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Prof. Talbot Scott aka Scotty
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Mark Corlane
Ken Murray ...
Grover
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Flora
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Prof. Henry Hallson
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Prof. Carl Melnicker
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Bruce
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Arthur Nordlund
Miiko Taka ...
Mrs. Van Zandt
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Mrs. Hallson
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Mr. Hallson
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Contains spoilers: A man slowly realizes two things: that he has telekinesis - the power to move things with the power of his mind alone - and that another man who shares this power wants to kill him. Written by Brenda Holloway <brendah@pdsc.com>

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Drives men to madness and murder! When it reaches out for YOU you'll never stop screaming! See more »

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Thriller | Sci-Fi

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21 February 1968 (USA)  »

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MGM announced plans to produce the movie with George Pal as producer/director during it's 40th anniversary celebration in 1964. Unlike many of the announced projects, this one actually got made but wasn't released until 1968. See more »

Goofs

When Tanner is being bombarded on the firing range, the aircraft shown change from F-104 Starfighters, to a F-100 Super Sabre, to (apparently) an F-86 Sabre. See more »

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Professor Jim Tanner: They say that power corrupts - and that absolute power - I wonder...
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Remake of Studio One in Hollywood: The Power (1956) See more »

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Grover's Rock
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Music by Harold Gelman
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Genuinely creepy whodunnit with supervillain/SF premise
26 July 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Although the setting is scientific, and I've seen this described as science-fiction, "The Power" is arguably a very early rationalisation/update of the superhero genre. In this case the person with the superpowers is a supervillain, the power is telekinesis, and no lycra longjohns are entered into, as the makers try to keep it as downhome and believably creepy as possible, except when 'the power' is being exhibited.

Basically the official scientific committee for Somethingorother is kind of audited by government agent Michael Rennie to see what they're up to. One of them, played as a crackpot movie scientist by old pro Arthur O'Connell, is convinced that research suggests that someone has Ee-vill telekinetic powers. Despite Artie being a crackpot, what do you know, it turns out that he's right on the money, and furthermore, they determine it's someone right there in the room. Soon folks who were in that room start dying in numbers, and in imaginative and unpleasant ways. (There's a scene in a centrifuge that appears to have been knocked off for one of the Roger Moore James Bond movies later on - "Moonraker" from painful memory.)

The key to it all seems to be a shadowy figure who was once known as Adam Hart. George Hamilton sets out to find who Adam Hart was, and who or what he became. We end up with a major case of the creeps, because it's one of those paranoid whodunnit deals where the audience isn't allowed to trust anyone (kind of reminiscent of the Kurt Russell version of "The Thing" in that way) not even Hamilton, or his girlfriend Suzanne Pleshette.

Director Byron Haskin and the actors don't give us any cosy characters to like. Everyone's cold, aloof, frenzied, crazy, or pathologically self-interested. This aspect is a bit reminiscent of Freddie Francis's better English horror films of the 60s, although "The Power" has a more measured, restrained creepiness than his films.

In that sense, George Hamilton's limitations as a kissy-face type leading guy are used to the film's advantage. I've always found George Pal's stuff a little creepy even when it was ostensibly fun happy stuff for kids, and his Puppetooning here fits right in.

Only disappointment is a fairly conventional resolution by comparison to what's come before. Other than that, "The Power" is memorable, and a bit of a one-off.


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