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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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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

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

Franco Nero ... Jesus Christ (uncredited)

Aron Siegel ... Hot dog stand customer (uncredited)
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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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Trivia:
Sam Peckinpah only worked one day on this film.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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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Unwelcome visitors and lost acting talents., 22 October 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

What do Jesus Christ, a foul-mouthed 8-year-old girl with malicious powers, a flock of evil birds and the owner of the Atlanta basketball team have in common? This riddle sounds like the set-up for a lame joke, and that happens to be also the best way to describe "The Visitor": a lame, bad, drawn-out and overlong joke! The biggest mystery to unravel here is WHY so many terrific and experienced actors got lured into signing up to star in this cinematic mess! The cast includes John Huston, Sam Peckinpah (both prominent directors themselves), Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Mel Ferrer, Franco Nero and Shelley Winters. The plot is impossible to summarize, mainly because there are too many story lines and it really doesn't make the slightest bit of sense as a wholesome. The whole thing reverts back to the ancient battle between good and evil, fought out on earth. No less than Jesus Christ is giving us insight (if you can call it that) in the situation, and then he sends out an elderly angel to Atlanta, because that's where the final earthly descendant of the evil sorcerer Zathaar lives. The visiting angel's mission (I think) is to prevent that the woman, named Barbara, bares another child and he drastically succeeds. Then he still has to bring back her other daughter, the sinister Katy, back to the heavens. And there are birds. Lots and lots of birds. "The Visitor" is truly bizarre, but not in a positive way. Many of the action sequences and murderous accidents are clearly inspired by "The Omen" and perhaps the whole concept is even derived from that classic, as well as from "Rosemary's Baby". That would make this film the most ambitiously complex and admirably disguised rip-off ever made, but still a failure nevertheless. There are two notably powerful sequences, one involving an awkward during the young girl's birthday party and the other being the painful death-ride of the investigating police officer. "The Visitor" is an unbearably pretentious film, ridiculously plotted and remarkably boring considering the overload of story elements. The screenplay often feels incomplete and very incoherent. The fantasy elements are beyond lame and the special effects wouldn't even impress a 4-year-old. The cover-image displayed here on the website looks creepy and intriguing, but sadly like in too many cases, it's utterly irrelevant. Trust the rating and user-comments in this particular case: you do not want to see this junk

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