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Director:
Writer:
David Seltzer (written by)
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Release Date:
22 August 1979 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She Lives. Don't Move. Don't Breathe. She Will Find You. See more »
Plot:
A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
underrated, generally. See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Talia Shire ... Maggie

Robert Foxworth ... Rob

Armand Assante ... John Hawks

Richard Dysart ... Isely

Victoria Racimo ... Ramona
George Clutesi ... M'Rai
Tom McFadden ... Pilot
Evans Evans ... Cellist

Burke Byrnes ... Father
Mia Bendixsen ... Girl
Johnny Timko ... Boy
Everett Creach ... Kelso (as Everett L. Creach)
Charles H. Gray ... Sheriff
Lyvingston Holmes ... Black Woman (as Lyvingston Holms)
Graham Jarvis ... Shusette
Jim Burk ... Rescuer (as James H. Burk)
Bob Terhune ... Rescuer
Lon Katzman ... Rescuer
Steve Shemayne ... Indian (as Steve Shemayme)
John A. Shemayme ... Indian
Jaye Durkus ... Sheriff's Deputy
Renato Moore ... Tenement Boy
Mel Waters ... Tenement Man
Roosevelt Smith ... Tenement Man
Eric Mansker ... Tenement Man
Cheri Bergen ... Social Worker
Cliff Hutchison ... Stage Manager
Tom May ... Lumberjack (as Thomas P. May)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Peter Hall ... Mutant Bear (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
David Seltzer (written by)

Produced by
Robert L. Rosen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
William Craig Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
 
Costume Design by
Ray Summers 
 
Makeup Department
Ellis Burman Jr. .... special makeup: manufacturer, The Burman's Studio (as Ellis Burman)
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup designer: The Burman's Studio
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup: manufacturer, The Burman's Studio
Edouard F. Henriques .... special makeup: manufacturer, The Burman's Studio (as Edouard Henriques)
Ron Snyder .... makeup artist
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects: The Burman's Studio (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alan Levine .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... second assistant director (as Robert Cohen)
L. Andrew Stone .... assistant director (as Andy Stone)
Paul L. Tucker .... second assistant director (as Paul Tucker)
 
Art Department
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Arthur Shippee .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamesa)
Cecelia Hall .... sound effects editor
William R. Kowalchuk Jr. .... sound effects editor (as W. R. Kowalchuk)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Keene Wilkinson)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ellis Burman Jr. .... prop manufacturer: artifacts, The Burman's Studio (as Ellis Burman)
Thomas R. Burman .... designer: artifacts, The Burman's Studio
Thomas R. Burman .... prop manufacturer: artifacts, The Burman's Studio
Bob Dawson .... special effects (as Robert Dawson)
Edouard F. Henriques .... prop manufacturer: artifacts, The Burman's Studio (as Edouard Henriques)
James Kagel .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Ron Burke .... stunts
William H. Burton .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
James Caliendo .... stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts (as Gary M. Combs)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator (as Everett L. Creach)
Patty Elder .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (as Sandy Gimpel)
Don Fox Greene .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Tommy Madden .... stunts
Jerry Maren .... stunts
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunts
Gene McLaughlin .... stunts
Ruth A. Redfern .... stunts (as Ruth Redfern)
Sandy Robertson .... stunts
John Roselius .... stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Green .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer (as Cliff Hutchison)
Tom May .... key grip
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Michael Ripps .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Craig Huxley .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Lincoln Mayorga .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles Flemmer .... mime
John Franco .... script supervisor
Kevin Peter Hall .... mime (as Kevin Hall)
Rick McCallum .... assistant: Mr. Frankenheimer
Tom McLoughlin .... mime
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Burman Studio, The (special make-up and artifacts designed by) (as The Burman's Studio, Van Nuys, California)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prophecy: The Monster Movie" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Though predominantly set in the woods of the state of Maine in the USA the picture was not filmed there with Crofton, North Cowichan in British Columbia, Canada portraying the region.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: In the opening sequence, the dog can be seen to be hanging over 40 feet above the ground. Yet the bear (unseen) manages to pluck it down, despite clearly being too short in later scenes.See more »
Quotes:
M' Rai:There are underground tunnels beneath the frost line to store perishables.
[M'Rai talks at the old Indian village site with Dr. Verne and his wife Maggie ]
M' Rai:The forest provides more than a man could possibly need. Things grow big here... real big.
Dr. Robert Verne:Well, I saw a salmon that took my breath away.
M' Rai:It is the garden of Eden.
M' Rai:I've never let anyone here, you are the first to see.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Eureka: Momstrosity (#4.6)" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just A Little Bit Of FunkSee more »

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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
underrated, generally., 15 February 2003
Author: dannyboyservicesLLC from Atlanta, GA

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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