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Director:
Writers:
John Farris (screenplay)
John Farris (novel)
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Release Date:
10 March 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An experience in terror and suspense.
Plot:
A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
It's enjoyable enough, even with its faults. See more (103 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Peter Sandza

John Cassavetes ... Ben Childress

Carrie Snodgress ... Hester

Charles Durning ... Dr. Jim McKeever

Amy Irving ... Gillian Bellaver
Fiona Lewis ... Dr. Susan Charles

Andrew Stevens ... Robin Sandza
Carol Eve Rossen ... Dr. Ellen Lindstrom (as Carol Rossen)

Rutanya Alda ... Kristen
Joyce Easton ... Katharine Bellaver

William Finley ... Raymond Dunwoodie
Jane Lambert ... Vivian Nuckells
Sam Laws ... Blackfish

J. Patrick McNamara ... Robertson
Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Callahan

Melody Thomas Scott ... LaRue (as Melody Thomas)
Hilary Thompson ... Cheryl

Pat Billingsley ... Lander
J.P. Bumstead ... Greene
Barry Cullison ... Chase #1 Driver
Jack Callahan ... DeMasi

Dennis Franz ... Bob Eggleston
Anthony Hawkins ... Chase #1 Shotgun
Michael O'Dwyer ... Marty O'Brien
Felix Shuman ... Dr. Ives
Albert Stevens ... Arab Prince
Anne Peterson ... Deborah (as Anne Brunk)
Eva Cadet ... Woman - Van Buren
John Roche ... Drunk - Van Buren

Gordon Jump ... Mr. Nuckells
Eleanor Merriam ... Mother Nuckells
Harold Johnson ... Garbage Man
Wayne Dahmer ... Nelson
Joe Finnegan ... Man
Kathleen Francour ... Betsy

Daryl Hannah ... Pam

Laura Innes ... Jody
Clair Nelson ... Dr. Becker
Peter O'Connell ... Dr. Conn
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Security Agent Driver (as Al Wyatt)
Douglas J. Stevenson ... Houseboy
Mickey Gilbert ... Agent
Hanns Manship ... Agent
Marland Proctor ... Agent
Marshall Colt ... Technician
Roberta Feldner ... Technician
Stephen Johnson ... Technician
Robin Marmor ... Technician
Michael Copeland ... Tough Youth
Alfred Tinsley ... Tough Youth
Tom Blair ... Top Guy #1
Gunnar Lewis ... Top Guy #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Belushi ... Beach Bum (uncredited)

Sam Irvin ... Amusement park patron (uncredited)

Jordan Williams ... Beach Bum (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma  (as Brian DePalma)
 
Writing credits
John Farris (screenplay)

John Farris (novel)

Produced by
Jack B. Bernstein .... associate producer
Ron Preissman .... executive producer
Frank Yablans .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Bill Malley 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Lawrence 
 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel-Goddard)
 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge  (as Theoni V. Aldridge)
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Emma M. diVittorio .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup supervisor
Rob Bottin .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Greg Cannom .... special makeup assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack B. Bernstein .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim C. Friese .... second assistant director
Donald Heitzer .... assistant director (as Donald E. Heitzer)
 
Art Department
Bill Bates .... property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendryk Wynands)
 
Sound Department
Harold M. Etherington .... production sound mixer (as Hal Etherington)
Dan Sable .... sound editor: Trans/Audio
Dick Vorisek .... rerecording supervisor: Trans/Audio
 
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Donald Myers .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process coordinator
 
Stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator
Ed Carlin .... gaffer
Howard Mase Hector .... key grip
Itzik Ben-Aroya .... key grip (uncredited)
Curtis Foster .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumer: men
Margo Baxley .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Maria Iano .... assistant editor
Pat Shade .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Korngold .... music editor
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (as Robert Raff)
 
Other crew
John Fox .... assistant to director
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) (1985) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1978) (cut) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #25131) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
A big star like Kirk Douglas was cast as the lead in this film because director 'Brian de Palma' had felt that his previous picture Carrie (1976) had suffered at the box-office without a name draw-card.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As Peter Sandza descends in an elevator to meet Hester, in the shot inside the elevator a camouflaged cameraman is reflected in the metallic railings between each floor.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Robin Sandza:[laughing]
Peter Sandza:I won.
Robin Sandza:What do you mean, you won? You did not!
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
It's enjoyable enough, even with its faults., 22 May 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) a government agent is betrayed by a fellow friend/agent Ben Childress (John Cassavetes), who kidnapped his son for his psychokinetic powers. Where we learn that a secret US agency is holding him and that he's being used in dangerous mind experiments. So Peter gets help from a girl with similar abilities to locate his son's whereabouts.

I wasn't expecting too much from it after borrowing it off a friend that recommended it to me. After seeing it, it's probably De Palma's most underrated film in my books. It might not have dated that well and the premise of the film might be considered ludicrous now, but it doesn't stop it from being an exciting adventure.

This is a flashy and mostly fast-paced thriller by director Brian De Palma. It does have a couple of slow moments and maybe it was a tad too long, but it's well compensated by superbly tense situations and blistering action sequences, especially in the first opening hour involving Douglas's character when his son is kidnapped and when his hiding out from government agents. There are also some scenes that are not recommended for the squeamish. As some scenes are filled with a lot of blood and more blood. It's rather graphic violence. Not to forgot the whooping and hearting-pounding conclusion. The make-up and special effects throughout the film are truly stunning.

The plot basis is on psychokinetic powers and at times it's rather absurd and incoherent. With some incredibly cheesy moments within the dialogue. Though, the direction is what covers the story's inconsistencies, with great and simply memorable set-ups and some well-shot scenes. The music score is fairly effective in building up the tension and thrills, but also it has an impact in the quieter moments.

There are great performances from the experienced Kirk Douglas (who's incredibly fit for his age and has some physical roles) and Cassavetes, who really boost and add some class to the film. There is such a great chemistry between them and Cassavetes is simply riveting as a conniving agent. Amy Irving was good in her role as Gillian Bellaver, the girl who is having trouble coming to grips with her strong psychokinetic powers. Though, the same can't be said about the rest. As Andrew Steven's as Robin Sandza is incredibly hammy and Carrie Snodgress as Hester is fairly irritating.

I wouldn't class it as one of De Palma's best, but still it's far away from his worst. Overall, it's a fascinating set-up that has its fair share of flaws, but that doesn't disrupt entertainment factor.

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