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God Told Me To (1976)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  11 July 1979 (France)
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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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When Larry Cohen asked composer Miklos Rozsa to score this picture, Rozsa replied, "God told me not to." See more »

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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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Police procedural? Science fiction? Apocalyptic film. Blaxploitation?
7 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like horror, you know Larry Cohen (It's Alive, It Lives Again, Maniac Cop (I, II, & III) It's Alive III). But he is a prolific writer, director and producer who also did Black Caesar, Return of the Seven, and one of my favs from early TV, "Branded." Now, here he is with Tony Lo Bianco & Sandy Dennis, and the film debut of Andy Kaufman.

The film is shot in a documentary style to make us believe that it is real. Lo Bianco is a police Lieutenant trying to solve apparently random killings. They do all have one thing in common. The killers all say, "God told me to." It's not and easy film. It seems to jump around, and I could never figure what Sandy Dennis was doing.

It's a cult film about a cult, and it gets pretty weird at times. Thankfully, there's a naked chick running around to keep your attention.


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