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Release Date:
21 November 1980 (USA) See more »
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They know we are here...
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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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A b-minus film that should have been a blockbuster of it's time. See more (32 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)
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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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Paige Conner wore a bald cap for her scene in the greenhouse. All the other kids in the greenhouse scenes had their heads shaved.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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A b-minus film that should have been a blockbuster of it's time., 26 July 2014
Author: CanadianBill from Canada

I grabbed this film off of TCM onto my DVR, and am I ever glad I did. But not for the reasons you might think. I'm glad because I now had the benefit of 'fast-forward' functionality. You'll wish you had fast-forward as well if you decide to watch 1979's "The Visitor", trust me.

I won't get much into what the movie is about, or rant about all the easily fixable 'goofs' that occur. What tortured me the most about this film most was the much-misplaced and utterly cheesy 70's 'action flick' music score, and the endless extraneous scenes. Utterly needless scenes that include shot after shot of walking, driving, buildings and passing scenery, actors saying nothing and looking all 'introspective' or just plain confused. Probably as confused as we the viewers.

Add to all that a patchwork of fair-to-weak acting (with a small few rays of sunshine here or there), lame effects that could have been done so much better even in '79, and an overall storyline that could have been a lot stronger with some solid writing changes and you have a pseudo-sci-fi-horror flick that might best be suited for viewing at a drive-in theatre. You know, a place where people are often looking away from the screen for... one reason or another. Because there is so much run-on footage in this movie that even if you only catch half of it you'll pretty much get all you're going to get from it anyway. And sadly that isn't much.

2 out of 10, and that's being generous. It's a movie that had potential but didn't come close to reaching it. But do see it for yourself. As bad as I think it is some do really get off on this type of bad. You may be one of them.

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