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The Manitou (1978)

 -  Horror  -  15 April 1978 (Japan)
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A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harry Erskine
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John Singing Rock
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Karen Tandy
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Amelia Crusoe
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Dr. Jack Hughes
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Mrs. Karmann
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Dr. Snow
Paul Mantee ...
Dr. McEvoy
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Mrs. Winconis
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Mrs. Herz
Hugh Corcoran ...
MacArthur
Ann Newman-Mantee ...
10th-Floor Nurse
Jan Heininger ...
Wolf, an orderly
Michael Laren ...
Michael, an orderly
Cindy Stanford ...
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Karen Tandy enters a San Franisco hospital suffering from a tumor growing in her neck. Her surprised doctors think it's a living creature, a fetus being born inside the tumor. Fortune-teller Harry Erskine dismisses it -- until one of his customers begins speaking in tongues and fatally throws herself down a flight of stairs, and Karen's surgeon attempts to cut off his own hand rather than excise her tumor. Erskine finally seeks help from another fortune teller, Amelia Crusoe, and her husband, to try to learn the cause of these supernatural events. When Karen's tumor gets larger, Dr. Snow speculates that within her tumor lives vengeful 400-year-old Indian spirit. Erskine travels to South Dakota to enlist the aid of Indian medicine man John Singing Rock to force the evil spirit out of Karen and back where it came. The Indian spirit is driven from Karen's tumor, but will it take over others before Singing Rock can send him back? Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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Evil does not die... It waits to be re-born! See more »

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15 April 1978 (Japan)  »

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Manitou  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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When this film was premiered in South Africa in 1978, the invitations were printed on vomit bags. See more »

Quotes

John Singing Rock: Are you the fellow looking to find himself a medicine man?
Harry Erskine: That's right. I'm Harry Erskine. Word sure gets around, doesn't it?
John Singing Rock: Hard not to. You've been to five different medicine men already.
Harry Erskine: That's right.
John Singing Rock: What does a white man want with Indian magic?
Harry Erskine: There's a 400-year-old medicine man that's being reincarnated on the back of a woman that I know.
John Singing Rock: How well do you know this woman?
Harry Erskine: Quite well.
John Singing Rock: Well, that should help. Love is one of the strongest medicines there is.
Harry Erskine: [nervously] Can you help me?
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What a film!!!
3 February 2004 | by (Blackwood Gwent) – See all my reviews

This is a fabulously camp and funny film, watching Tony Curtis camping it up was hilarious, but it is still one of my most favourite films. Last year I managed to get a copy and excitedly I sat and watched it, remembering each part from the first time I had seen it, there were my children around me laughing hysterically at this "Frightening" film. I don't care what they think, "they don't make em like this anymore"


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