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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
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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:
The book carried by Casey (Debra Ruffin) early in the movie is "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol."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 »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Momma SweetloveSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Cohen film, 10 May 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Demon aka God Told Me To is extremely strange and weird film by the legendary director/screenwriter. His films are always unique and have a message which has to be found in the core of the film. Some of his films are "easier" to understand (The Stuff, Blind Alley) while others, like Demon, are far more difficult to see through.

Strange killings committed by usual people start to take place, and all the killers have the same line/justification to say to police questioning. Policeman starts to investigate the cases and soon he's too deep in it to get safely back..

I'm not sure if I can actually say what the film's about because it has to be seen many times before it can be fully understood. Main themes are at least duality in everybody's personality (good/bad) and the question that which part is the dominating one. Cohen wants people to stop and think and it is great that that kind of directors exist. He would never do just entertainment without brain. The weirdness of this film comes close to Lynch, but Cohen's work isn't as surrealistic as Lynch's. Demon and other Cohen flicks are highly recommended if you like independent cinema and intelligent and "difficult" films which are not so often produced nowadays.

7 out of 10.

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