The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hywel Bennett ...
Gideon Harlax
Dinah Stabb ...
Gwen Meredith
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Albrecht Von Drachenfels
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Helith
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Tristram Guise
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Asrael
Margaret Whiting ...
Laura Guise
Ian Redford ...
Jed Thaxter
Mary Ellen Ray ...
Sonia
Cornelius Garrett ...
Pastor
Siv Borg ...
Pastor's Wife
Frode Berg ...
Pastor's Son
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Hitchcock Blonde
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Library Student
Sylvia Coleridge ...
Library Scholar
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Paranormal novelist Gideon Harlax is drawn into a battle between the forces of good, represented by alien angel Helith, and the forces of evil, represented by Helith's evil brother Asrael. Ranging from Oxford to Denmark, a North Sea ferry to an alien planet, Harlax unwittingly becomes part of an ancient plot that may result in the destruction of Earth... Written by Anonymous

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) was broadcast by ITV the very night before BBC1 aired this film. See more »

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Library Scholar: [to Gideon Harlax] Young man! If you must fantasize, do so elsewhere!
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References Torn Curtain (1966) See more »

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Sci-Fi masterpiece
13 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Okay, so Artemis gets off to a dodgy start with Asrael sounding like the decapitated Dr Hill in 'Re-animator', followed soon after by the dreaded hubcap shot (although that may have been a deliberate spoof, you never know with this epic.) However, intrigue soon captivates and the production becomes enthralling. Surprisingly, as homo-erotica is not my first choice viewing, nor am I a devote of crosswords, Suduko and puzzles in general. It takes a little adjusting to because the characters speak in elliptical and metaphysical terms, occasionally lapsing into jarring movie speak such as: "what the hell is this place?" although purposefully, I suspect. It's not always clear what is real or imaginary, for instance, how the two protagonists got from what appeared to be a polluted East-European country to Wales, but you always want to know what happens next. The Bela Lugosi/Hitchcock references may be over-literal for some. For instance, I exclaimed: "oh, look, a Hitchcock blonde!" only to find the actress listed as 'Hitchcock Blonde' in the end credits. But the playfulness helps offset any pretensions.

Artemis would have made a great widescreen feature, not that it would have made a penny at the box office. For something done with such obvious love and commitment, it is woeful that it has never been repeated or released retail. It really is beautifully done. Those who like the children's sci-fi serial 'Sky' may like this, although Rudkin is ideologically opposed to interventionist supreme beings. Brazil also springs to mind, although Artemis is diametrically opposed to that film's freneticism. A rum concoction for sure, but I for one can't wait to see it again.


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