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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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(37 articles)
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In the name of… 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:
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:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Features "Space: 1999" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Momma SweetloveSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
In the name of…, 22 April 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Trust something this darkly warped to come from the creative juices brewing from the mind of Larry Cohen. The 70s through to the mid 80s was the pinnacle for Cohen, and "God Told Me to" would have to be ranking at the top of his greatest achievements. With a limited budget, Cohen resourcefully constructs a fascinatingly chilling, bewildering and off-kilter little winner. Talk about the strangest film Cohen has ever done, and probably his most ambitiously versatile in the story's ever-changing format of genres! Subtexts aplenty. And they manage some depth too.

The cryptic story is cleverly utilized, as the mystery holds together and the fearful psychological undercurrents of repressed faith make it rather interesting. Though it's so hard to follow due to that fractured story-telling. It shifts from grounded reality to utter weirdness, which has you totally feeling the confusion and frustration that the main protagonist would be going through trying to come to terms with what's going on. So does it make sense? I'm not quite sure, but hell it's entertaining and bizarre. Too much for me to worry about thinking of the bigger picture. But hey it makes great for repeat viewings! Some sequences can unsettle, while others thoughtfully delve into the characters at hand. A compact, but involving script is complicatedly put together and drives hard with an audaciously literal sense. Some of the dialogues actually raise most of the tension than some visual set-pieces involving violence and shocks. Cohen's capably understated direction is well presented and shines with his own distinctive personality, as he ably uses the authentic New York Locations with the use of intimately taut cinematography. He manages to install a haunting air throughout the whole feature, and Frank Cordell's dreamily sombre music score largely complements the atmospheric awe.

A quality cast lend solid performances. Tony Lo Bianco is undeniably excellent in the lead role of a religious NYPD detective. Sandy Dennis and Sylvia Sidney offer strong support. Sam Levene, Al Fann and James Dixon (a Cohen favourite) are also good. Richard Lynch appears in a small, but unusually striking part and Andy Kauffman in an out-of-the-ordinary performance.

Cohen's "God Told Me To" is a loopy, but challenging b-grade exploitation of the highest order. An unforgettable cult gem!

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