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The Medusa Touch (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1978 (UK)
Psychological thriller about a novelist, a telekinetic, who causes disasters simply by thinking about them.

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Barrister
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Patricia
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Parrish
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Fortune Teller
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Duff
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Publisher
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Pennington
Avril Elgar ...
Mrs. Pennington
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Schoolmaster
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Judge McKinley
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Storyline

John Morlar is watching the British television broadcast when an anchorman states that American astronauts are trapped in orbit around the moon. Suddenly someone in Morlar's room picks up a figurine and strikes him on the head repeatedly. His blood splatters the television screen. A French police inspector, Brunel, arrives at Morlar's apartment to begin an investigation. At first he thinks Morlar is dead, but soon he hears him breathe. At the hospital, Morlar is hooked up to life support systems, one machine in particular monitors the activity of his battered brain. Brunel discovers that Morlar has been in psychological analysis because of his history of being witness to many disasters, other people's disasters. Dr. Zonfeld, Morlar's analyst, explains that Morlar's delusions had begun when he was a child. He believed that he had caused a hated nanny's death. Morlar's childhood delusions were reinforced at a resort when he overheard his parents discussing him with disapproval. When his... Written by alfiehitchie

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Richard Burton is the man with the medusa touch ... he has the power to create catastrophe.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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O Toque da Medusa  »

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Trivia

The "Medusa" of the film's title refers to the famous monstrous character from Greek Mythology. Though an image of Medusa does appear in the film's trailer, the character does not appear in the film at all, its use is merely a metaphor, analogy or allegory. Medusa is mentioned at the beginning of the movie's trailer as well. The voice-over says: "In ancient legend, Medusa was one of three Gorgon monsters created to do battle with the gods. Anyone looking into the eyes of Medusa was instantly turned to stone". See more »

Goofs

When passing the 747 wreckage in the street, a thrust vector nozzle from a Harrier Jump Jet is prominent. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
John Morlar: [voiceover] I am the man with the power to create catastrophe.
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Connections

Referenced in Behind the Scenes: Destroying the Abbey (2013) See more »

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I have a gift for disaster.......
29 May 2000 | by (Nicosia, Cyprus) – See all my reviews

The Medusa Touch is a film that i could just watch over and over again. The story, acting and directing (as well as the effects for the time) were truly brilliant. Richard Burton once again showed all the other Hollywood actors what he is worth (and i bet deep down inside they knew too). The film is basically about an odd, private man who has the evil power to inflict death just by looking at them. The build up to the film is superb as is the actual way the French investigator (Leo Ventura) goes about investigating Morlar's (Burton) death. The film was filmed entirely in England and has that very British feel to it but watching Burton in that film makes me feel sad that he is not alive today because only Anthony Hopkins can be compared to this true gem of an actor.


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