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Harlequin (1980)

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

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Gregory Wolfe
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Nick Rast
Carmen Duncan ...
Sandra Rast
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Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio ...
Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell ...
Mr. Porter
Mark Spain ...
Alex Rast
Alyson Best ...
Alice
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Benny Lucas
Mary Simpson ...
Zoe Cayce
Bevan Lee ...
Mr. Robinson
Neville Teede ...
Dr. Barthelemy
Mary Mackay ...
Miss Edith Twist
John Frawley ...
Dr. Lovelock
Nita Pannell ...
Mabel Wheelan
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A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the enigmatic stranger who mysteriously comes to "visit" him. Possessing uncanny magical prowess and miraculous psychic abilities, the peculiar, but seemingly benevolent, visitor quickly gains a spell-binding hold over the senator and his family. But a power-lusting political backer is also vying for control over the up-and-coming senator. And he would kill the influential stranger, without question, for that power. But he and the senator are about to be enlightened. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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Can anyone survive? [USA ; Title as Dark Forces] See more »


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28 March 1980 (Australia)  »

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AUD 850,000 (estimated)
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Robert Powell's character, Gregory Wolfe, is actually an amalgam of two legendary characters: Rasputin, the Mad Monk and Harlequin. The latter forms the films title, the nickname of Powell's character and provides one of Wolfe's key costumes in the film whereas the former, Grigory Rasputin, forms the basis of Wolfe's first name, Gregory, and provides his character's alleged psychic and faith-healing traits. The supernatural abilities are an add-on character trait. See more »

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Chinook-3 is exactly right!
12 October 2001 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Very compelling 80s Aussie horror/thriller. Personally, I found this title one of producer Anthony Ginnane's better films.

Once again, this is one of those Ginnane's movies that was marketed distinctively at international audiences rather than domestically. This can be seen by the creators' reluctance to rely upon any national stereotypes that are perhaps more prevalent in other Australian movies feature foreigners in starring roles, for instance THE SUNDOWNERS, SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOOL, ON THE BEACH etc. This is very much an international film. The political "scandal" in the movie could just have easily occurred in Norway. The movie itself is quite ingenious and is B-grade only in budget and perhaps the choice of actors, though most of these faces would be more immediately known at home. Everything is top notch and David Hemmings once again kicks arse. I guess if you liked THIRST and THE SURVIVOR you should see this - you won't regret it! Once again equipped with a delightful score by the deceased legend, Brian May.


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