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Dr. Strange (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Fantasy  -  6 September 1978 (USA)
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A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Hooten ...
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Anne-Marie Martin ...
Clea Lake (as Eddie Benton)
Philip Sterling ...
Dr. Frank Taylor, Chief of Psychiatry
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Thomas Lindmer
June Barrett ...
Sarah
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Nurse
Diana Webster ...
Head Nurse
Bob Delegall ...
Intern
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Magician
Blake Marion ...
Department Chief
Lady Rowlands ...
Mrs. Sullivan
Ines Pedroza ...
Announcer (as Inez Pedroza)
Michael Clark ...
Taxi Driver
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Thomas Lindmer (John Mills), a world-weary sorcerer, foresees the return to Earth of his ancient adversary Morgan LeFey (Jessica Walter), who has been granted dominance over men's souls by The Nameless One (David Hooks). In order to combat her evil magic, Lindmer must pass the Guardianship of the Light onto a young psychiatry-resident, Dr. Stephen Strange (Peter Hooten),who has no inkling of his destiny. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fantasy

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6 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Morgan Le Fay appears as Doctor Strange's foe in this TV movie. Oddly enough, Morgan Le Fay was introduced to the modern era of MVL comics in Spider-Woman#2 (after an appearance in a dream in Son of Satan#8), just a few months before the air date of this TV movie, and did not encounter Doctor Strange until Avengers#240-241, published in 1984, six years after this TV movie came out. See more »

Quotes

The Nameless One: Why have you spared him?
Morgan LeFay: I am still a woman. And the man attracts me.
The Nameless One: Then you find no satisfaction in my service?
Morgan LeFay: I would feel the warmth of a mans arms again... after all these years alone...
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Referenced in Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) See more »

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On Balance, A Great Flick
23 October 2000 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

So, it's not "Gone With The Wind" or even "The Omen". However, I like it and it is well worth watching.

The basic idea here, that a small number of empowered men(certainly women, too) act to preserve the world that we know from falling into demonic chaos, is an old one. It makes a stylish premise for this movie, which was based on the best-selling "Dr. Strange" comics.

The "astral" sequences are handled with style and grace. The actors play their respective parts very well.

I'd recommend this neat little movie both as entertainment and as a springboard for discussions. Do people like "Lindmer", "Wong", "Morgan LeFay" and "Dr. Steven Strange" actually exist?

I find a disconcerting similarity between Morgan LeFay's self-help cult(mentioned at the very end) and the all-too-real "Jonestown" in Guiana. (The mass suicide there, with all its disturbing implications, came a few weeks after this flick was released.)

Maybe there is "war in heaven", with some spiritual powers trying to bring humanity into enlightenment, while others try to "bust" us back into the Dark Ages. Then again, maybe I was just stoned when I saw this movie for the first time.

But I really did have a good time watching it either way!


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