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21 November 1980 (USA) See more »
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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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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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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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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)

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Trivia:
Sam Peckinpah only worked one day on this film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Barbara is being pulled along the ground a wheel and part of a small skateboard is visible underneath her.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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
There's Nothing Like It, 23 January 2011
Author: vorazqux from United States

I understand how some (perhaps most) viewers found The Visitor an incoherent mess, but it may be due to poor editing since its U.S. release in 1979 which, evidently, was also released theatrically to international audiences. However, I am only speculating, but I do know the original Italian version is longer. That version may help to fill in the gaps and possibly extends some of the more emotional scenes in the film which have been severely cut. As I was watching The Visitor, I was disappointed at how abruptly some of these scenes concluded. I wanted and expected a deeper connection to the material and the characters. Regardless of these setbacks, the movie is unquestionably unique on many levels, and I didn't find it difficult to follow. Perhaps because it IS so outlandish, I enjoyed fitting the pieces together. There was never a dull moment with so many things happening throughout the course of the story line. The atmosphere was classic 70s style, and the acting was not bad at all despite (again) the poor editing.

The Visitor is an Omen copy to a degree, but instead of demonic forces at work, the film centers on an evil alien force. This alien force is actually an escaped prisoner named Zatteen, who finds refuge on Earth many years in the past after fleeing from a deadly battle in space. Before his eventual death, he impregnates a number of women, passing along his mutated genes and allowing his future offspring to possess telekinetic powers. Since Zatteen had evil intentions and only wanted to kill and destroy others, his children are of the same breed. In order to carry out his catastrophic deeds, a cohort of wealthy men led by Dr. Walker (Mel Ferrer) is assembled to ensure his plan of world domination succeeds. This mission is challenged when only one woman on the planet in the present day bears the ability to fertilize Zatteen's seed, and her name is Barbara Collins (Joanne Nail). Barbara has already given birth to Katie (Paige Conner), a now eight year–old daughter who shows us she is no angel with some of the wicked things she says and does. The cohort wants Barbara to give birth to a son so he can become the new Zatteen of his generation. This task of impregnating Barbara is given to Raymond Armstead (Lance Henriksen), who must convince her to marry him despite the fact she is unwilling to commit to marriage. Barbara, of course, does not realize she has the special gift of carrying Zatteen's seed in her womb, but she knows intuitively that something is wrong with Katie. That sets up the premise of The Visitor. Of course, there are birds that attack on command, a watchful babysitter (Shelley Winters), a police detective on Katie's trail (Glenn Ford), a mysterious butler, a Jesus–like character who tells tales of the evil Zatteen to a group of young bald–headed children, and the good–guy visitor himself (John Huston), who congregates his disciples on the roof of a large skyscraper. The first fifteen minutes of the film unravels the basis of the plot, but as the viewer, it's important to listen to the dialogue. A lot happens quickly.

Whether you like the film or find it a mess, to say it's not an entertaining effort would seem unfair. The only thing that really was annoying to me was part of the soundtrack dealing with the discotheque music. It was way over the top and out of place for this type of picture. I'm sure it fit the times and some people enjoyed it, but if the movie is to be taken seriously on any level, then that music has to go. If the movie was intended as hype – which doesn't appear to be the case – then the histrionic melody is warranted. On the other hand, the moody, ambient music was excellent, and the ending was solid. Give this cult classic a shot and be prepared to go on a strange journey of plot twists and turns. Watch it on a rainy day when you have the time or are feeling ambiguous and/or disconnected from the world. We all have those days sometimes. That's when The Visitor will leave you a little numb, confused, and scratching your head... but in a good way.

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