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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:
Prophecy the movie is more complex than is being given credithere. 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)

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 Jr. .... 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 Jr. .... 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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Some movie posters for this film featured a long blurb that read: "She Lives. Don't Move. Don't Breathe. There's Nowhere To Run. She Will Find You. PROPHECY. The Monster Movie".See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Despite the movie supposedly taking place in the Maine woods, foliage and landmarks clearly show the area of the forests of British Columbia, where the movie was actually filmed.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Robert Verne:Can these people get help?
[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]
John Hawks:Yes, they can send for help in the village.
Dr. Robert Verne:Is there a Newspaper.
John Hawks:Yes.
Dr. Robert Verne:Tell them to get cameras, the Paper Mill people, and the Sheriff.
Dr. Robert Verne:Not the Sheriff.
Dr. Robert Verne:Hawks! You have to see the truth. You have more here at stake than I do.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Riff Brothers (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
No, No, No, My FriendSee more »

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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Prophecy the movie is more complex than is being given credithere., 21 January 2001
Author: monstergarp from Seattle, WA

Reviewers of the film are quick to undercut its actual effectiveness as a film without realizing that many parts of the film succeed, including the tension of the characters against the beast, the horror of the beasts' attacks, the helplessness of man within nature, etc. Reviewers would be accurate to attack the cheesy effects, hokey dialogue at times and overall loss on energy in the film toward the climax, but there's much more going on here.

Prophecy is, at best, a) a departure for John Frankenheimer, b) a 70's horror movie with a social conscience and, c) not withstanding amateurish special effects, predictable dialogue and long-view shots of Talia Shire looking petrified beyond speech, an actually entertaining, somewhat surprisingly satisfying film. The novel created an intelligent, often compelling case for early environmentalism and the frightening consequences of doing nothing in light of the dangerous contamination of the Earth. Prophecy as a film suffers from a deplorable special effects deficiancy (case in point: at one point in the film, the monster is clearly "walking" on the dock with the courtesy of a mechanical dolly and hydraulic levers...uggh) as said before, but looking beyond this, the film's plotline does build tension, though it loses steam in the end, concluding with a rather lamely tacked-on "surprise" ending that is more befitting of the TV networks in the 70's. Frankenheimer captures a "land-locked" Jaws-like eating machine on film with a vengeance, and the subsequent carnage is, while unfortunate, in light of the circumstances that created the beast, understandable. The focal point of the movie, the beast itself, operates as a deranged ecological locomotive ( actually sounding like one onfilm at times ) hell-bent on taxing mankind for its misfortune.

Remarkably ( and most likely accidentally) the film achieved a perfect "of the moment" time slice capture of the late 70's era, replete with the worries, political movements, ambiguities and uncertainties of the time all woven within the backstory of the Indian's struggle against the papermill, global overpopulation, bigotry and commercialization at the expense of nature.

Beautiful scenery ( courtesy of British Columbia, circa 1978/1979), believable performances, particularly from Richard Dysart and Armand Assanti, combined with circumstances and sequences never actually realized on film before combine to make a pretty meaty B movie. Case in point, the opening sequence with the dogs and the cliff, the tunnels of the Indian village and their subsequent use later in the film. I saw this film when I was 11, and the memory of the camping family and their fate in the film has YET to leave me. Don't think I've ever camped again without recalling that scene...

I recommend the film without taking it as seriously as it seems to take itself, though the message of environmentalism is one worth listening to. The plot device of methyl mercury poisoning in Minimata, Japan is based on true life actual events, and is considerably more frightening than the sum of this movie, but is worth researching sometime.

- Monstergarp

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