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God Told Me To
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Director:
Writer:
Larry Cohen (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 July 1979 (France) See more »
Tagline:
Don't let it control you! See more »
Plot:
A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(34 articles)
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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! See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Lo Bianco ... Peter J. Nicholas

Deborah Raffin ... Casey Forster

Sandy Dennis ... Martha Nicholas

Sylvia Sidney ... Elizabeth Mullin
Sam Levene ... Everett Lukas

Robert Drivas ... David Morten
Mike Kellin ... Deputy Commissioner

Richard Lynch ... 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
John Heffernan ... Bramwell
Alan Cauldwell ... Bramwell as a Youth
Robert Nichols ... Fletcher

Andy Kaufman ... Police Officer
Al Fann ... Detective Squad
James Dixon ... Detective Squad
Bobby Ramsen ... Detective Squad
Peter Hock ... Detective Squad

Alex Stevens ... Detective Squad
Harry Madsen ... Detective Squad
Randy Jurgensen ... Detective Squad
Sherry Steiner ... Mrs. Phillips as a Girl
James Dukas ... Doorman

Mason Adams ... Obstetrician
William Bressant ... Police Officer
Armand Dahan ... Fruit Vendor
Vida Taylor ... Miss Mullin as a Girl
Adrian James ... Prostitute
Leila Martin ... Nurse Jackson
Michael Pendry ... Attendant
Dan Resin ... Wall Street Executive
Sandro Mancori ... Wall Street Executive (as Alexander Clark)
Marvin Silbisher ... Wall Street Executive
Harry Eno ... Medical Examiner

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (original screenplay)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Cordell 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Glickman (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Michael D. Corey  (as Mike Corey)
Arthur Mandelberg 
William J. Waters 
 
Casting by
Sylvia Fay 
 
Makeup Department
Steve Neill .... special makeup
 
Sound Department
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... sound (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Jane Landis .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Czapsky .... assistant camera
Coreydon Erickson .... key grip
Robert Geraldini .... chief electrician
Anthony Gonzalez .... key grip
Michel Grinbaum .... key grip
Janelle Webb .... still photographer (as Janelle Cohen)
Chris Balton .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Halston .... wardrobe: Miss Raffin
 
Editorial Department
Michael John Bateman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Frank Cordell .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alan W. Bailey .... production assistant
Harry M. Brittenham .... production consultant
Reid Freeman .... production assistant
Fenton Hamilton .... production consultant
Carmen La Via .... talent advisor
Arnold Mack .... production assistant
Fifi Oscard .... talent advisor
Johnny Ramsen .... production assistant (as John Ramsen)
Peter Sabiston .... production consultant
Michael Veiner .... production consultant
 
Thanks
Bernard Herrmann .... dedicated to the memory of (as Mr. Bernard Herrmann)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Demon" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | New Zealand:R16 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #24563)

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Trivia:
According to Larry Cohen, during the St. Patrick's Day Parade scene, he was organizing the crew, only to see Andy Kaufman, dressed in his policeman's uniform, antagonizing and making faces at the crowd. Some of the crowd members then attempted to jump the barricades and beat Kaufman, and Cohen had to hold them back.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: A shadow from one of the crew, most likely the camera operator, can be seen on Peter and Casey in bed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Space: 1999" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Momma SweetloveSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

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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