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

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
Anthony Steel ...
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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29 December 1981 (UK)  »

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According to the writer David Rudkin, the golf-ball typewriter featured in the film belonged to him, and is now in the IBM museum at Chandlersford. With that hardware, it was easy to change the type setting in a text almost as easy as with present day's software editing systems. 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 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) See more »

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Das Rheingold
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Written by Richard Wagner
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Heady discussion about the meaning of life
26 August 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Impossible to explain fully tale (I'll have to listen to the commentary on the DVD at some point when my brain comes back to me) of a writer who gets put on the trail of a series of coincidences involving the battle between two angels to awaken their mother.

I don't know what to say about this. The dialog tends to be discussion of ideas relating to the events, everything has multiple meanings, it references religion, myth, Hitchcock movies, notions of love, the philosophy of life, and probably about seven or eight dozen other ideas.

As a head trip food for thought film this is almost too much to take in.For the first Hour and fifteen minutes or so its also a finely crafted supernatural thriller. Then something happens and things begin to get weird. Is what we are seeing real or allegorical? On the face of it it isn't clear. Actually much in the second half isn't all that clear. The discussions remain however the plot line gets confused...then again this is a three hour movie and I was watching it late...then again its really confused.

I really like the film. I can believe that many people who saw this pillaged it for their own work, while others were confused and bored. I don't know if I love the film since its a too rich meal.

The cast is good, with Dan O'Herlihy giving a wonderful turn as an organist and key to the plot.(Daniel Day Lewis- listed high in the promotional credits for the DVD has one small scene as a library student) I have to process this. But those looking for heady discussion and fantasy that no one is doing anymore are directed to try this very unique little film.


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