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Release Date:
3 October 1979 (USA) See more »
746 feet above San Francisco Bay a killer is waiting.
In San Francisco, a police detective, aided by a catholic nun, investigates the case of a priest who falls to his death from the Golden Gate bridge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Janssen ... Det. Sgt. Paul Silver

Susannah York ... Sister Benecia

Paul Coufos ... Johnny Butler

Tim O'Connor ... Capt. Dan Bradley

Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Hamill

Kim Hunter ... Sister Superior

Alan Fudge ... Sgt. McNally

Kenneth Tigar ... Father O'Brien

Regis Cordic ... Father John Thomas (as Regis J. Cordic)
Sandy Ward ... George Walker
Richard O'Brien ... Bridge Foreman

Richard Bull ... Deputy Coroner
Eric Server ... Stacy
Lee Paul ... Willie Petersen

Jon Lormer ... Archbishop

Byron Morrow ... Chief Sullivan
Sam Hiona ... Chinese Tourist
Michael O'Dwyer ... Father Connelly

Jason Wingreen ... Larkin
Hank Brandt ... 1st Detective
William Boyett ... Bridge Supervisor (as Bill Boyett)
Wayne Hefly ... Bridge Officer
David S. Cass Sr. ... Biker (as Dave Cass)
Olive Behrendt ... Sister Theresa
Vince Howard ... 2nd Detective
June Sanders ... Saleslady

Directed by
Walter Grauman 
Writing credits
David J. Kinghorn (written by)

Produced by
Jerry Davis .... producer (as Jerome L. Davis)
Carl Foreman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
Cinematography by
Jack Swain (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James T. Heckert 
Casting by
Phil Benjamin 
Art Direction by
Seymour Klate 
Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman 
Costume Design by
Kent Warner 
Production Management
Fred R. Simpson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Race .... second assistant director (as Louis S. Race)
Hap Weyman .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound
James Troutman .... sound effects editor (as Jim Troutman)
Larry Holt .... stunts
John Moio .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Morton .... best boy (uncredited)
Keith Peterman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Lou Reinbold .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Gene L. Gillette .... music editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Specter on the Bridge" - USA (theatrical title)
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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Sister Benecia:Sister Theresa doesn't speak.
Det. Sgt. Paul Silver:Is that a promise?
Sister Benecia:No, it's a vow.
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly watchable, 9 May 2005
Author: hriff99 from Leeds, England

David Janssen growls his way through this movie, playing an initially hard-assed cop who is ordered to investigate what seems like the obvious suicide of an internationally renowned priest. Susannah York plays a nun friend of the priest from South Africa who doesn't believe he'd commit suicide. Strangely, she always seems to appears in soft focus. The relationship between the two gradually becomes smoother and gentler, as he begins to believe that it may have been murder after all, and not suicide. There are some brief shots of Alcatraz, the Japanese Tea Garden, North Beach, Coit Tower and the Bridge itself appears briefly but the majority of the movie is set indoors. It's definitely a TV Movie story, but the decent performances make up for the lack of impetus in the investigation. The final scenes bring the action up to speed as the killer is confronted at night on a typically foggy Golden Gate Bridge. Janssen's fellow detective has to get past his fear of heights in order to save Susannah York from a drop of 200 feet or so. At the conclusion, the two protagonists say their farewells, and it's nice to see the affection they have for each other grow. Janssen appears to have mellowed in the last few days by getting to know someone decent, and not the usual cops and criminals he usually associates with. A surprisingly schmulzy ending aboard the plane could have been left out. Janssen's cat is named Dirty Harry after one of the city's better known hard-assed cops.

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