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The Visitor (1979) More at IMDbPro »Stridulum (original title)

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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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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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  (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 ... AAA Mechanic
Wallace Wilkinson ... Police Captain
Steve Somers
Lou Walker ... AAA Mechanic
Walter Gordon Sr. ... Thomas
Hsio Ho Chao
Calvin Embry ... Hot Dog Man
Betty Turner ... Receptionist
Steve Cunningham ... Jerzy's Assistant
Neal Boortz ... Businessman (as Neal Bortz)
Jack H. Gordon ... Businessman
Steve Beizer ... Basketball Coach
Bill Ash ... Businessman
Charles Hardnett ... Basketball Coach
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
Luciano Comici (screenplay) (as Lou Comici) &
Robert Mundi (screenplay) (as Robert Mundy)

Giulio Paradisi (story) (as Michael J. Paradise) &
Ovidio G. Assonitis (story) (as Ovidio Assonitis)

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 (as Jean Ludwig)
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)
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
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" - Italy (original title)
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Germany:101 min | USA:90 min (edited version) | Argentina:100 min | USA:108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Sam Peckinpah only worked one day on this film.See more »
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 »
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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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
I challenge anyone to make sense of this movie!, 13 July 2003
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

I find it hard to believe any U.S. distributor would actually take the time to release this to theaters, though the IMDb says that more than one handled this movie in theatrical release! True, the movie boasts an all-star cast, though looking at their brief screen time, it seems just about all these stars knocked off their scenes in not more than a couple of days.

It must be noted that the U.S. print is cut; I've heard from one source that the Italian print does make somewhat more sense. All I can do is judge this particular cut - which makes NO sense at all! People make schemes that are never explained, weird things happen for seemingly no purpose at all... it's a BIG mess! One example is with Italian superstar Franco Nero, who (because of the editing) only gets to appear for about 30 seconds at the end of the movie!

I will admit that at the very least you can salvage a decent number of unintended laughs. Not only is the movie so insane and incoherent that you can't help but laugh out loud, there are some individual delirious scenes that are wacked-out as well. The skating rink scene... John Huston impersonating a babysitter... John Huston playing pong with the mysterious girl (though it's clear that it's a one player pong game on the TV screen)... Shelley Winters overacting... and more. It's not a constantly hilarious experience, and you're bound to get frustrated to a degree with the garbled storyline, but the experience can't be seen as a total loss as well.

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