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God Told Me To (1976)

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A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

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Peter J. Nicholas
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Casey Forster
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Martha Nicholas
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Elizabeth Mullin
Sam Levene ...
Everett Lukas
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David Morten
Mike Kellin ...
Deputy Commissioner
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Bernard Phillips
Sammy Williams ...
Harold Gorman
Jo Flores Chase ...
Mrs. Gorman
William Roerick ...
Richards
Lester Rawlins ...
Board Chairman
Harry Bellaver ...
Cookie
George Patterson ...
Zero
Walter Steele ...
Junkie
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The storyline of this movie involves a series of motiveless murders committed by various New York residents: a sniper shoots people from a water tower; a father murders his entire family; and a cop opens fire during a St. Patrick's Day parade. The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrators calm admissions of guilt, explaining, "God told me to." While investigating the murders, catholic police detective Peter Nicholas is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips who appeared to each of the killers and can't seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is somewhat linked to this mysterious being. As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed. Written by Ørnås

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Trivia

Larry Cohen did not have a permit to film the scene at the St. Patrick's Day parade, but he did it anyway. See more »

Goofs

The car in the flashback scenes was a 1951 Chevrolet, with post-1973 New York State license plates and registration. Briefly, it also turns into a 1939 Plymouth, when it hits a pothole. See more »

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This motion picture is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Bernard Herrman. See more »

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Sweet Momma Sweetlove
Lyrics by Janelle Webb
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Performed by George Gentre Griffin
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Larry Cohen's best and one of the most underrated horror/exploitation movies of the 1970s. This is a must see for genre fans!
11 February 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I must have seen close to twenty movie written and/or directed by Larry Cohen ('Q', 'Black Caesar', 'Maniac Cop', 'It's Alive!', 'Best Seller', 'The Stuff', 'Uncle Sam',etc.etc.) and I have greatly enjoyed most of them, but 'God Told Me To' is without a doubt his best movie. It's an extraordinarily original picture, one of the best low budget horror movies of all time. Horror movie? Horror, mystery, science fiction, whatever you want to call it! Tony Lo Bianco plays a religious cop who is faced with a seemingly random series of murders committed by various people who, when asked why, simply say "God told me to". This is just the beginning of a very strange and fascinating story that will leave the viewer continually guessing! Lo Bianco was a last minute replacement for Robert Forster who was sacked after two days filming and a personality clash with Cohen. Lo Bianco gives a terrific performance, his best in my opinion after 'The Honeymoon Killers'. The movie features a strong supporting cast: Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, screen veterans Sylvia Sidney and Sam Levene, plus cult favourite Richard Lynch ('Scarecrow', 'Open Season', 'The Ninth Configuration'), and even the movie debut of the enigmatic comedian Andy Kaufman. 'God Told Me To' is one of the 1970s most underrated horror/exploitation movies. Any fan of the genre must, I repeat MUST, see it!


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