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Patrick (1978)

PG  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  7 September 1979 (USA)
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A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Mullinar ...
Ed Jacquard
Bruce Barry ...
Helen Hemingway ...
Nurse Panicale (as Maria Mercedes)
Walter Pym ...
Captain Fraser
Frank Wilson ...
Detective Sgt. Grant
Carole-Ann Aylett ...
Paul Young ...
Marilyn Rodgers ...
Day Desk Nurse
Peggy Nichols ...
Night Desk Nurse
John Murphy ...
Ray Chubb ...
S.E.C. Worker


After the shocking bathtub death of his mother and her lover, the sinister Patrick lays comatose in a small private hospital, his only action being his involuntary spitting. When a pretty young nurse, just separated from her husband, begins work at the hospital, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using his psychic powers to manipulate events in her life. Written by R Lindsay

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He's in a coma... Yet, he can kill... See more »


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Release Date:

7 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Coma  »

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AUD 400,000 (estimated)

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According to 'DVD Resurrections', "'Patrick' was one of the most successful of Australian exploitation films internationally, being a huge hit in Italy in particular (where the film was remade during the Italian exploitation horror boom)" [See: Patrick Still Lives (1980) ('Patrick Still Lives')]. See more »


[to Kathy Jacquard who is applying for a job as a nurse]
Matron Cassidy: Why did you choose the Roget Clinic, Mrs. Jacquard? We tend to attract certain types - lesbians, nymphomaniacs, enema specialists..."
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A decent supernatural thriller with no surprises
14 August 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Richard Franklin's Patrick is a horror movie that doesn't horrify and, seen more than three decades on, doesn't offer any surprises, but which still works as a decent supernatural thriller. Susan Penhaligon is the newly separated nurse who takes a job at a private mental clinic that only seems to have two patients (well, it is a low budget film), looking after the braindead Patrick whose been reduced vegetative state since killing his mother and her lover years earlier. Only Patrick's brain isn't quite as dead as everyone thinks, and when he develops a crush on his new nurse and gets jealous when her husband and another doctor make moves on her, things start to get a bit nasty… Robert Thompson makes for a striking Patrick, his bug-eyed dead stare memorably imposing, but it's Robert Helpman's doctor who all but steals the show: looking like Klaus Kinski's dad after a night on the tiles, not so much a mad scientist as an acerbically p---ed off one, he's gifted with the film's best dialogue and doesn't feel the need to overplay it. The film itself is not as good as his later Road Games, but it's still easy to see why it got Franklin the job of directing the much better Psycho II: it's an exploitation film that doesn't feel the need to go over the top and is directed with some style despite the obvious budget limitations. It's not a good enough film that the planned remake by Not Quite Hollywood's Mark Hartley can't improve on it, but in its original Australian version at least (the US version was heavily cut and redubbed into American while the re-edited Italian version added a Goblin score) it's a pretty decent little movie.

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