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God Told Me To (1976)

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
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Everett Lukas
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David Morten
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Deputy Commissioner
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Bernard Phillips
Sammy Williams ...
Harold Gorman
Jo Flores Chase ...
Mrs. Gorman
William Roerick ...
Richards
Lester Rawlins ...
Board Chairman
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Cookie
George Patterson ...
Zero
Walter Steele ...
Junkie
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Storyline

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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11 July 1979 (France)  »

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Demon  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Composer Bernard Herrmann, Larry Cohen's first choice to score the film, died that night after seeing the film without music. The film is dedicated to Hermann in his honor. 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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Peter J. Nicholas: God told me to.
[PETER J. NICOLAS Committed to Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Beacon, New York]
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This motion picture is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Bernard Herrman. See more »

Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Momma Sweetlove
Lyrics by Janelle Webb
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Performed by George Gentre Griffin
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Don't call me mama!
6 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

In the Middle Ages,God told Joan of Ark to come to her people's rescue. So why didn't he tell someone to do something in 1976,the very year of "the omen" ?Satan had been very busy since 1968 and "Rosemary's baby" so why not God?Among all these supernatural movies ,"God told me to" is a decent movie with a rather interesting open ending,which does not use a ton of special effects ,and which features Sylvia Sidney the unforgettable heroine of the great Lang movies of the thirties -this role may or may not help her become part of the "Omen II"- and the grandma who defeated the aliens in "Mars attacks".

The cast is pretty weird :Sidney portrays an old lady ,an old maid,whose youth was disrupted by a mysterious event.Tony Lo Bianco ,whose best part remains "Honeymoon killers" ,is cast against type as a cop whose faith in God is strong .Even more surprising is Sandy Dennis's short appearance as his ex-wife :her potential is almost wasted.

The first scenes may remind some viewers of "Targets" ( Bogdanovitch).There are many hints at the Bible :the Virgin,Abel and Cain.An honest "religious" movie the last picture of which is still impressive today.


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