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Everett De Roche (screenplay)
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7 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Patrick is Nearly Dead ... And Still He Kills! See more »
A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Susan Penhaligon ... Kathy Jacquard

Robert Helpmann ... Doctor Roget
Rod Mullinar ... Ed Jacquard
Bruce Barry ... Brian Wright

Julia Blake ... Matron Cassidy
Helen Hemingway ... Sister Williams

María Mercedes ... Nurse Panicale (as Maria Mercedes)
Walter Pym ... Captain Fraser
Frank Wilson ... Detective Sgt. Grant
Carole-Ann Aylett ... Patrick's Mother
Paul Young ... Lover
Marilyn Rodgers ... Day Desk Nurse
Peggy Nichols ... Night Desk Nurse
John Murphy ... Barman
Ray Chubb ... S.E.C. Worker
Everett De Roche ... S.E.C. Worker
Peter Culpan ... Detective
Gillian Seemer ... Nurse

Robert Thompson ... Patrick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Copping ... Baby in Hospital (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Franklin 
Writing credits
Everett De Roche (screenplay) (as Everett de Roche)

Produced by
William Fayman .... executive producer
Richard Franklin .... producer
Antony I. Ginnane .... producer
Original Music by
Goblin (Europe) (Italy)
Brian May 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography) (as Don McAlpine)
Film Editing by
Edward McQueen-Mason 
Art Direction by
Leslie Binns 
Makeup Department
José Luis Pérez .... make-up/hairdressing (as Jose L. Perez)
Production Management
Barbi Taylor .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Burstall .... first assistant director
Paul Hallam .... third assistant director
James Parker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Kendall .... set dresser
John Powditch .... props buyer
Lindsay Steer .... designer: "Patrick" logo
Sound Department
Paul Clark .... sound recordist
Peter Fenton .... mixer
Edward McQueen-Mason .... sound editor
Mark Norfolk .... assistant sound editor
Jim Sosnin .... electronic sound effects
Phil Stirling .... boom boy
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects supervisor (as Conrad C. Rothmann)
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... optical effects
Chris Anderson .... stunts
Grant Page .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Burstall .... camera operator
Ian Dewhurst .... best boy
Jack Endacott .... camera operator (as John Endacott)
Andrew Lesnie .... camera assistant
Noel Mudie .... key grip
Robert Murray .... camera assistant
David Parker .... stillsman
Geoff Richardson .... second grip
Pieter van Santen .... focus puller (as Peter Van Santen)
Stewart Sorby .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aphrodite Kondos .... wardrobe stand-by (as Aphrodite Jansen)
Kevin Regan .... wardrobe designer
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutting
Mark Norfolk .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurizio Guarini .... musician (keyboards)
Robert John .... musician
Brian May .... conductor
Roger Savage .... music engineer
Other crew
Jennifer Barty .... production secretary (as Jenny Barty)
H. Bratspies .... shock treatment advisor (as Mr. H. Bratspies)
David Coggins .... caterer
Craig Emanuel .... runner
Antony I. Ginnane .... presenter
Bill Gooley .... consultant: colorfilm
Fran Haarsma .... continuity
Judy Morris .... frogs killed under supervision of: Zoology Department University of Melbourne
Geoff Parkin .... medical advisor (as Dr. Geoff Parkin)
Lorraine Richardson .... nursing advisor
Michael Roseby .... production accountant
Laurence Shnookal .... medical advisor (as Dr. Laurence Shnookal)
R.M. Simpson .... medical advisor (as Dr. R.M. Simpson)
Sally Thomas .... nursing advisor
Ian Williams .... publicist

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112 min | USA:96 min | 140 min (original cut)
Color (Agfacolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (original rating) | UK:18 | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:18 (video rating) (1993) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

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The underwater swimming pool shots were filmed at the home of director Richard Franklin's parents.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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Slow but creepy and satisfying Australian psychokinesis tale, 10 January 2009
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I recently became quite a big fan of horror pictures from down under and the work of genre scribe Everret DeRoche in particular. He was responsible for writing Storm Warning, Razorback, great TV thriller Fortress, and the mighty ecological thriller Long Weekend. I had wavered over buying this one for a while but happily a couple of weeks back my indecision was solved by it getting played late one night on the television. The plot follows a young nurse who is put in charge of caring for the comatose Patrick, who has been in a barely alive state for a goodly long while. What she doesn't know going in though, is that he has more going on than meets the eye...The chief criticism levelled at this film is that it is too slow and gets boring. I would be inclined to sort of agree that it is too slow, but for me it simply edges on boring without actually losing interesting. It stretches out the point somewhat too long, it could certainly be tighter, but when all is said and done I found it pretty danged effective stuff. The writing has a lot to do with this, for whilst the plotting may be quite simple the characters are all well drawn and the dialogue is constantly interesting. The characters feel realistic, their interactions work and draw us into the film and yet they still manage to convey the quirks and strange ideas that are expected from such a genre piece. Combined with the tense and eerie direction form Richard Franklin and it makes for a not quite nail biting, but certainly very intriguing experience. The acting is also of course an important factor here, with compelling performances across the board. Susan Penhaligon makes for a sympathetic lead, whilst Robert Helpmann is ace as the doctor in charge. Robert Thompson gives Patrick an impressively menacing presence without actually having much at all to do, whilst Julia Blake perhaps impresses most as an imperious head nurse. This is the sort of thing that will put off the impatient, or the conventional thrill seeking but I never found it boring as others have. It could be shorter and more fireworks would have been nice but ultimately I still found it a rewarding experience. Worthwhile for the patient.

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