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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:
Ah! Wilderness! See more (73 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was shot under tight security. No visitors were allowed to the sets, including studio personnel. Crew and actors had to pledge secrecy and not reveal any elements of the story under any circumstances. No still cameras were allowed except for the production's official still photographer and a retired CIA agent was hired to supervise the security.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Maggie Verne is seen leaving the helicopter during the rain storm there is a wire visible holding her handkerchief in place so it doesn't get lost in in the winds when she purposely lets it fall out of her pocketSee 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:
Referenced in "Eureka: Momstrosity (#4.6)" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
No, No, No, My FriendSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Ah! Wilderness!, 12 June 2006

The Native Americans of Maine have been experiencing a rather high mortality rate with their children. Animals of all shapes and sizes are incredibly larger than they should be. A paper mill and these inhabitants have crossed swords to rid the area of the paper mill's influence and bring the land back to its original peoples. But fighting ensues, and the EPA gets involved by sending a doctor to help examine the problems of the area. What does he find? Some contaminants have caused the wildlife to mutate and create animal mutations that have become bloodthirsty, destructive, killing machines - in particular some huge bear-monster thing which we really never get a real close look at long enough to see just how bad the special effects really are. Prophecy is NOT a good movie but is entertaining to a degree. It has in the directorial helm one of the film's greats in John Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer usually is able to capture a very pervasive mood and create rich suspense and deep characters, but not in Prophecy. It looks like he has a real small budget - and it shows. The mutants are ridiculous(particularly the babies). The viewer that called them monster muppets is right on track with that observation. Muppets don't scare. Nor are they very credible. And that is just one of the major flaws of the film. If you cannot suspend disbelief enough to imagine what is going on the screen is even remotely plausible, then the film is going to have trouble working. That being said, some of the film is effective - particularly the scenes where the mutant is NOT shown like with the campers(almost not shown). Prophecy also suffers from some bad miscasting, not necessarily bad acting. Robert Foxworth is just downright annoying in the lead as some super liberal out to change the world according to his ideas. He is one-dimensional all the way. Talia Shire plays his wife and gives the film some much needed credibility both with her name and more importantly her performance. She was rather good. Richard Dysart also does a credible job in his role as the guy in charge of the paper mill's position. But the most laughable casting has Armand Assante playing a Native American in charge of the fight against the mill. Any of you buying Armand in this role? Not me! Prophecy is one of those horror films that wants you to believe that the message it has underscores all the lame special effects and other flaws. Sure, it has a message, but that does not excuse it from being bad. Let's not make it out to be more than what it really is: a cheaply-made, funny in ways it should not be, interesting horror film from that decade where films were made about anything - the 70's.

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