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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:
Underrated thriller 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 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:
First of two monster movies directed by action-thriller director John Frankenheimer. The second was the 1996 remake The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) made and released about seventeen years after Prophecy (1979).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Maggie Verne:Here try this.
[back at the cabin Maggie makes the fish that the Doctor caught during the day and waits for him to have some]
Dr. Robert Verne:Aphrodesia.
[Dr. Verne OK's the fish after a good taste test]
Maggie Verne:You think you can catch some more.
Dr. Robert Verne:Are you kidding. I'm one of the World's great fisherman.
Maggie Verne:Well you do the fishing and I'll do the eating.
Dr. Robert Verne:Sounds like a good relationship.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Riff Brothers (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet RideSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Underrated thriller, 2 September 2002
Author: knsevy from KCMO

It did have its share of cheesy moments, but Prophecy is one of the best rampaging-mutant movies I've seen - and I've seen quite a few. Some users have complained that the terror shots are too few and far between, but this is an ancient and now-lost film-making technique called 'building suspense'. Personally, I think it enhanced the shock value of the monster (which, by the way, still manages to give me the occasional nightmare, even as I approach 30). The scene where Foxworth, speaking into a tape recorder as he puzzles out the environmental disaster, gradually realizes the nature and extent of what he's facing, is a true cinematic gem. If this were a 'serious' movie, it would have been worth of at least a nomination, and the chainsaw/axe duel is intense. However, horror movies rarely win awards.

I do laugh during the sleeping bag scene, though. Can't help myself. And the viewer can clearly see that the monster morphs from fifteen feet tall to eight feet tall when it goes from close-ups to action shots. The creature itself is terrifying, in my opinion. Anyone who can't suspend their disbelief enough to overlook a few flaws in the special effects techniques probably shouldn't be watching monster movies, anyway.

This is one of the prizes of my video collection, if I ever find it on DVD, I won't hesitate to add it to THAT collection, as well.

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