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Split Image (1982)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny 'Joshua' Stetson
Rebecca / Amy
Charles Pratt
Diana Stetson
Kevin Stetson
Ronnie Scribner ...
Sean Stetson
Pamela Ludwig ...
John Dukakis ...
Michael Sacks ...
Cliff Stephens ...
Hall (as Cliff Stevens)


Young man is sucked into an unnamed religious cult by beautiful girl and gets increasingly under the mind control of the cult leader. After his parents fail in their efforts to talk him out of it, they hire a guy who kidnaps and then de-programs him. Written by Tilman Hausherr <>

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In the name of God, they brainwashed him and stole his heart! See more »




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3 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gefährliche Freunde  »

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Gymnastics Teams in competition at the start of movie were Drayton University (Danny's team) and Bradford University (both fictitious). The victory chant after Danny's winning high bar routine was "Who owns this town, who owns this town, the people say we own this town, we own this town, especially today, Hooray!" See more »


Danny 'Joshua' Stetson: My head, my head, my head!
Charles Pratt: It hurts?
Danny 'Joshua' Stetson: It hurts!
Charles Pratt: Good!
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Fantastic look at religious cults
31 October 1999 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This was another overlooked gem of a movie about a college student who falls for a lady (Karen Allen), who is actually bait to recruit members for Homeland, a sort of hippie commune for teens and twentysomethings who are unsatisfied with their lives and find new meaning living in the place, led by Peter Fonda, a sort of David Koresch type. The kids spend the day building everything from scratch, such as furniture, pottery, and sleeping quarters, and are fed meals that a health food freak would not even touch, deprived of protein supposedly to supress their sexual feelings. After Michael O'Keefe's character finds new meaning in Homeland, he severs ties with his family permanently, and his parents hire a sleazy deprogramer (a way over the top performance by James Woods) to get him out of Homeland and back with them. The performances by Michael O'Keefe, Karen Allen, and Peter Fonda are rather bland and understated, but James Woods and Brian Dennehy, as O'Keefe's father give great performances. Recommend this highly, if you can find a video store with a copy.

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