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The Medusa Touch (1978)

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

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Lino Ventura ...
Brunel
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Assistant Commissioner
Alan Badel ...
Barrister
Marie-Christine Barrault ...
Patricia
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Parrish
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Fortune Teller
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Dr. Johnson
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Duff
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Publisher
Robert Lang ...
Pennington
Avril Elgar ...
Mrs. Pennington
John Normington ...
Schoolmaster
Robert Flemyng ...
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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Trivia

The film was made and released about five years after its source novel of the same name by Peter Van Greenaway had been first published in 1975. The movie is the only ever theatrical feature film adaptation of one of Greenaway's books. See more »

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As Inspector Brunel watches the TV news a close-up of the screen reveals that the caption saying "Minster Cathedral" is actually stuck on to the TV screen rather than forming part of the TV picture. The letters cast shadows on to the glass. See more »

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[last lines]
John Morlar: [voiceover] I am the man with the power to create catastrophe.
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Not to Be Missed
3 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a sleeper! Most movie buffs probably never heard of this creepy, scary, well written supernatural, para-psychological, serial-killer, British gem.

Combining all these elements in a fast moving, unfolding of a "simple murder", is so professionally handled it seems effortless. It is well acted and is respectful of a subject in disrepute, and the film makes it all seem believable.

Fine special effects work, not always present in European Cinema (especially in the 70's), just adds another realm of verisimilitude to the far out, fantastic premise.

The ending has a terrific twist. Not to be missed.


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