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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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Cast

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Brunel
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Assistant Commissioner
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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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Dr. Johnson
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Duff
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Publisher
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Pennington
Avril Elgar ...
Mrs. Pennington
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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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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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1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

O Toque da Medusa  »

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(Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jack Gold did not want Richard Burton and instead suggested Nicol Williamson for the lead role. The producers told him it would be easier to get funding with Burton, who had just made his "comeback" film Equus (1977). 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

Doctor Johnson: [sees Brunel] Oh, Inspector Brunel, what a pain in the derrière you're being.
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Connections

Referenced in Chronicle (2012) See more »

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An underrated Science Fiction Jewel!
5 March 2003 | by (Cardiff United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I've known of this film since its release, I've seen it tonight, after 25 years! It was worth the wait - an excelently acted science fiction piece, presented as a police drama. Certainly it marked by its date - the clothes, the cars, the rounded television sets :o) - but this now adds a certain charm that I'm sure the director never intended. Special effects are not the flashy "Sci-fi" type but are all the more impressive for this, adding verisimilitude to a gritty and involving tale. If you enjoy "hard" science fiction, try and see it!


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