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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Patrick is Nearly Dead ... And Still He Kills! See more »


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Release Date:

7 September 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coma  »

Box Office


AUD 400,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title character, Patrick, has no spoken dialog throughout the entire film. Nor does Patrick blink at all throughout the movie. 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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Crazy Credits

The end credits play over Patrick lying in his hospital bed with his eyes open. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Weird, slow - but not too bad.
26 November 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I think that some commentators expected far too much from this movie. For a "no-budget" film, you can't expect great special effects. Look at how much "Twilight Zone" achieved on a tiny budget; what a caning it got from "the critics", and then look at its popular success.

I see much the same here. After all, the only "special effect" really required was the typewriter typing all by itself! Weird it is - but then it's supposed to be. And slow, too: isn't that the whole point of a "suspense" movie?

In my opinion, it builds on its initial premise (the development of "mental" powers when physical ones don't exist) reasonably well, and achieves its objectives quite well. It's not "Star Wars" or even "Sixth Sense", but it never intended to be.

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