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The Visitor --  The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.

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Release Date:
21 November 1980 (USA) See more »
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They know we are here...
Plot:
The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Weird and Confusing See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mel Ferrer ... Dr. Walker

Glenn Ford ... Det. Jake Durham

Lance Henriksen ... Raymond Armstead

John Huston ... Jerzy Colsowicz
Joanne Nail ... Barbara Collins

Sam Peckinpah ... Dr. Sam Collins

Shelley Winters ... Jane Phillips
Paige Conner ... Katy Collins
Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey
Johnny Popwell
Wallace Wilkinson ... Police Captain
Steve Somers
Lou Walker
Walter Gordon Sr.
Hsio Ho Chao
Calvin Embry
Betty Turner
Steve Cunningham
Neal Boortz (as Neal Bortz)
Jack H. Gordon
Steve Beizer
Bill Ash
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Dorsey ... Sheriff Paul Townsend
Bart Russell ... Skating rink patron

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Himself (uncredited)
Dave Hinchberger ... Basketball game patron (uncredited)

Franco Nero ... Jesus Christ (uncredited)

Aron Siegel ... Hot dog stand customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Giulio Paradisi  (as Michael J. Paradise)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ovidio G. Assonitis  story (as Ovidio Assonitis)
Luciano Comici  screenplay (as Lou Comici)
Robert Mundi  screenplay (as Robert Mundy)
Giulio Paradisi  story (as Michael J. Paradise)

Produced by
Ovidio G. Assonitis .... producer (as Ovidio Assonitis)
A. Caponetto .... associate producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. .... executive producer (uncredited)
Edward L. Montoro .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franco Micalizzi 
 
Cinematography by
Ennio Guarnieri (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Curi  (as Robert Curi)
 
Art Direction by
Franco Vanorio  (as Frank Vanorio)
 
Set Decoration by
M. Graziosi 
 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mario Cotone .... production supervisor
Jacques Goyard .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Cruise .... assistant director
Meyer Glickman .... assistant director
Jean Ludwigg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Brian Smith .... property master
Lynn Wolverton-Parker .... property master (as Lynn Wolverton)
 
Special Effects by
Vern Hyde .... special effects (as Vernon Hyde)
Bart Russell .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects (as Robert Shelley)
 
Visual Effects by
Ermando Biamonte .... optical special effects (as E. Biamonte)
 
Stunts
Max Balchowsky .... stuntman
Ted Duncan .... stunt coordinator
Lawrence Montaigne .... stuntman
Artie Nay .... stuntman
Aaron Norris .... stuntman
Don Pike .... stuntman
Cheyenne Rivera .... stuntman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli .... director of photography: second unit
Denny Mooradian .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Bruno Bozzetto .... animator (as Bozzetto)
 
Casting Department
Stratton Leopold .... casting: Atlanta
 
Editorial Department
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Franco Micalizzi .... conductor
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ovidio G. Assonitis .... presenter (as Ovidio Assonitis)
Ray Berwick .... bird trainer
Peter Shepherd .... production services: Swan American Film Corporation California
 
Thanks
George Busbee .... grateful acknowledgement: for their helpful assistance without which this film could never have been made (as Mr. George Busbee Governor of the State of Georgia)
Maynard Jackson .... grateful acknowledgement: for their helpful assistance without which this film could never have been made (as Mr. Maynard Jackson Mayor of the City of Atlanta)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stridulum" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:101 min | USA:90 min (edited version) | Argentina:100 min | USA:108 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:M (TV rating) | Norway:16 | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD re-rating) (2014) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The bedroom scene between Barbara and Raymond was totally improvised.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the police officer is attacked by the bird and rolls his car down the bank, we see that the car is clearly about to come to rest upright. But subsequently we see the car upside down as it catches fire.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Jake Durham:Katy, I know you know something that was in that package, now tell me what it is and I woun't bother you anymore.
Katy Collins:Okay I will tell you but you might have to write it down. Are you ready?
Detective Jake Durham:Yes.
Katy Collins:Shove it up your ass!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Weird and Confusing, 13 May 2004
Author: carflo from Texas

I am relieved to know that other people found The Visitor as confusing as we did. Over the years, whenever my husband and I have had some reason to mention this movie, we always call it "That weird movie with Jesus in a turtleneck." We spent hours afterwards trying to understand the plot; we never got as far as even trying to understand the meaning.

We went to see because it had such a good cast. The previews suggested it had a supernatural theme, which appealed to us. It was a mistake. We should have stayed home and rotated the mattresses.

I can watch really bad movies without a shudder. I even rather like very bad movies. But The Visitor is in a class by itself. It made absolutely no sense - none. I have read that part of the problem is bad editing. I would hope so. I hate to think that so many fine actors would waste their time on this mess as it is.

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