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Prophecy (1979)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  22 August 1979 (France)
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A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

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Maggie
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Rob
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John Hawks
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Isely
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Ramona
George Clutesi ...
M'Rai
Tom McFadden ...
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Evans Evans ...
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Mia Bendixsen ...
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Johnny Timko ...
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Everett Creach ...
Kelso (as Everett L. Creach)
Charles H. Gray ...
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Lyvingston Holmes ...
Black Woman (as Lyvingston Holms)
Graham Jarvis ...
Shusette
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A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside. Written by <kdj@ozemail.com.au>

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She Lives. Don't Move. Don't Breathe. She Will Find You. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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22 August 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Prophecy: The Monster Movie  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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This 1979 movie was the first film directed by John Frankenheimer in about two years, the last having been 1977's Black Sunday (1977), and the last for about three years, until 1982's The Challenge (1982). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the weather is storming, the wind is blowing sheets of rain one way, yet the waves on the lake in the background are blowing in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robert Verne: Can these people help us?
[Dr. Verne after saving a dieing mutant cub and treating it in a tent at the Indian site referring to some Indian men who are with Hawks]
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John Hawks: Yes.
Dr. Robert Verne: Get them here with a camera... and people from that paper mill... and that sheriff.
John Hawks: Not that sheriff. I can't do that.
Dr. Robert Verne: Hawkes! He'll see the truth here and you have more here at stake in this ...
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Just A Little Bit Of Funk
by Lionel Job and Delwin Gillman
Performed by Southroad Connection
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underrated, generally.
15 February 2003 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I saw this picture on Betamax in '81 or '82 and it really got under my skin. Frankenheimer's monster movie is partly responsible for me getting into the business (along with Jaws, Alien, Raiders, Blade Runner, not that I'm really inviting such comparisons). I actually had occasion to have a smoke and chat briefly with Robert Foxworth about the making of the picture when I was grip on a made-for-TV suspense pic in Atlanta. He was approachable, friendly and enjoyed talking about that show. He said that they had lost a stunt driver, and narrowly escaped losing a cast member or two when their first construction truck/picture car (the 4wd monster truck our ensemble try to escape in) took a dive off a cliff. They had to scramble to find another one and finish the picture. RF also said that Frankenheimer was an accomplished chef and had occasionally treated the DP and Cast to gourmet meals.

Prophecy is now on DVD, presented the way it was originally shot. I think I bought my copy for less than $15. All of the criticisms of this film are true, and it does not belong in the first Frankenheimer potential box set with "The Train," "Manchurian Candidate," and "Seven Days in May." But with this marginal script and genre, bound together with a tired, preachy and inaccurate environmental message, Frankenheimer managed to put together a monster picture that has surprisingly stout legs. Remember, Paramount released this monster muppet against "Alien," arguably the best film of its kind ever made. The monster grizzly is enraged, frightening and unpredictable. It is key to the film's suspense. If the Emmerich/Devlin team gave 'Zilla the same qualities, suddenly that film is worth watching for more than the effects. Prophecy had virtually no effects by today's standards. They had to make up for this with shooting and editing; a.k.a. conventional, hand-crafted filmmaking. I may indeed be prejudiced, but I still like this movie with all of its problems.


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