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Martin (1976)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  7 July 1978 (USA)
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A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Amplas ...
Lincoln Maazel ...
Christine Forrest ...
Christina
Elyane Nadeau ...
Mrs. Santini
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Arthur
Sara Venable ...
Housewife Victim
Francine Middleton ...
Train Victim (as Fran Middleton)
Roger Caine ...
Lewis (as Al Levitsky)
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Father Howard
James Roy ...
Deacon
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ...
Father Zulemas
Robert Ogden ...
Businessman
Donaldo Soviero ...
Priest (segment "Flashback")
Donna Siegel ...
Woman (as Donna Siegal)
Albert J. Schmaus ...
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Storyline

George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburg to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin's soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin's loneliness finds other means of release. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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$80,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In 1983, British pop duo Soft Cell released a song also title "Martin", inspired by this film. See more »

Goofs

When Martin stabs the cheating wife's lover in the neck, he has a red shirt on. In all scenes prior to this, the man never has a shirt on. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Santini: Boy, do I wish what you had was catching.
Martin Madahas: Some people think it *is* catching. In the movies it's catching.
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Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) See more »

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me and Martin go way back
10 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I probably watched it 100 times in high school, although I probably haven't put it on in this decade. And how does it look now that Uncle Fuzzy has replaced my old Betamax copy? Well the first thing I noticed was the fine detail of the bored-housewives this teenage vampire gets mixed up with, and how that milieu really does affect their behaviour and hence the plot. I noticed that the bits of romantic dialogue that I used to find shudderingly cheesy are DELIBERATELY that, because that's how these people would actually talk. I noticed that old Tata Cuda, the colonel-sanders-like uncle who is out to save Martin's soul, is not completely unsympathetic, not due to anything the conservative old codger actually does, but due to the fact that Lincoln Maazel's performance is - I can hardly even type it - UNDERSTATED. I noticed that Romero's smoking-priest cameo is even more hilarious and apt than I remembered it. I saw how this guy can barely pack into one movie everything he's trying to get across, new stuff just keeps happening - he's not connecting the dots or marking time, he's inventing something new. And I asked myself again whether this puberty-parable-for-grownups is an even greater film than Romero's anticapitalism-for-teenyboppers. And once again I just dunno.


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