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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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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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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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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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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 »
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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 »
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Soundtrack:
Sweet Momma SweetloveSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Holy Terror, 30 December 2003
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

******SPOILERS****** One afternoon in NYC a sniper on top of a high-rise buildings water tower opens fire on the people milling down on the city streets. With uncanny accuracy he guns down fifteen people. Det. Peter Nicholas, Tony Lo Bianco, climbs up the water tower and tries to talk to the sniper Harold Gorman, Sammy Williams, on why he did this horrible act and also tries to get him to give himself up. Harold calmly tells Det. Nicholas that "God told me to" and then jumps to his death from the tower.

Troubled over the sniping incident Det. Peter Nicholas, a very religious man, tries to rationalize why Gorman would do such a thing and at the same time try to connect God to it. Thinking that there's more to the incident then what the official police report says, that Gorman was insane. Later another man does the same thing that Gorman did. John picks up a knife and goes down to the supermarket and stabs to death a number of people before he's shot by the police. When Peter talks to him in his hospital room he tells him the same thing that Harold did: "God told me to"! There's something very strange and mysterious behind these killings but nobody seems to know what it is?

At the eve of the Saint Patrick's Day parade the police get a phone call telling that there is going to be a shooting where five policemen will be killed and the shooter will be one of their own. Not having the time as well as being able to stop the parade sure enough a cop marching in the Saint Patrick's Day parade, Andy Kaufman, goes berserk and opens fire on his fellow policemen and kills five of them before he's shot to death himself. As he's dying the insane cop says the same thing that the other two mass murderers said "God told me to". Det.Nicholas finally loses it when he comes upon a person who murdered his entire family and when questioned about why he did it he tells Peter that he was told by God to give him back the family that he gave him and how could he refuse?

The police connect the killers to a young man that they were seen with just before they went on their rampages. Finding out his name Bernard Phillips, Richard Lynch, and where he lives Det. Peter Nicholas feels that Bernard is somehow involved in the killings and then goes to his apartment to interview him about them. Attacked on the stairway by Bernrd's mother Mrs. Phillips who tries to stab Det. Nicholas she instead ends up stabbing herself! Again as Mrs. Philips is dying she tells Peter that same haunting reason for her actions :"God told her to".

Det. Nicholas feels that the Phillips' are the reason for these killings and goes to track down how this whole nightmare started! This takes Peter back to when and were this horror originated in Cape Cod and Jersey City some twenty five years ago in October, around Halloween, 1951. The story that Peter uncovers is a link to what happened then in 1951 to what's happening now in 1975. Even more disturbing is that Peter has some connection, in fact blood related, to who's responsible for those horrific murders!

Tony Lo Bianco gives one of his best performances as Det. Nicholas with Deborah Raffin and Sandy Dennis, Casey Foster & Martha Nicholas, as the two women in his life. Both Casey & Martha sense during the movie that Peter's strong religious convictions were more then what he would normally have developed from his very strong Catholic upbringing. The scene with Det. Nicholas and Elizabeth Mullen, Silvia Sidney, the mystery women in the film who's the key that unlocks the door to Peter's most frightening suspicions is packed with so much power and emotion that it leaves the viewers almost out of breath and gasping for air.

Finding out the truth and finishing some unfinished business in a Harlem pool hall, with a cop-killing drug dealer, the ending to the movie seems a bit confused when Peter has it out with the mysterious and elusive Bernard Phillips. The movie by then already went as far as it could by stepping on too many toes in regards to it's religious angle, without being cut or censored, and thus it's obviously contrived ending.

To stop the killings Peter ended up becoming what he so strongly tried to stop: A religiously homicidal lunatic. Peters last words to the press, as he was led away in handcuffs, were what haunted him throughout the entire movie :"God told me to". Defiantly not for everyones tastes but the movie does hold one's interest from start to finish in regards to its thought provoking subject matter.

Religious fanaticism depicted in the movie may have been considered unreal and over the top back then in 1975 when "God Told Me To" was released. But with what's been happening today in the Middle East and beyond, in regards to religious inspired terrorism and murder, the movie doesn't seem that far fetched at all!

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