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Lyle Kessler (writer)
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October 1983 (USA) See more »
Two mental patients in an institution fall in love and plan to escape in the search of a normal life. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Robert Hays ... Daniel

Kathleen Beller ... Jennifer

Ned Beatty ... Herbie
Gilbert Lewis ... Ernie
Lyle Kessler ... Timothy
Farnham Scott ... Thomas
Meg Myles ... Jennifer's Mother
Mady Kaplan ... Arlene
E. Brian Dean ... Dr. Willoughby
Victoria Boothby ... Adele
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Barnhurst ... Dr. Goodwin
Donna Daley ... Phyllis
James De Shane ... Dr. Phillips
Thomas Dorff ... Hospital Bus Driver

Clarence Felder ... Ralph
Margo Friedman ... Nurse #1
John Hagy ... Third Retard from the left
Bobbie Kaye ... Pianist
Kurt Koepke ... Attendant
Dottie Kohn ... Dave's Wife

David Alastair Lewis ... Truck Driver
Monica Lynn ... Nurse #3

Ron McLarty ... George
Guy S. Muziani ... Angry Man
Robert O'Heron ... Messenger
Dennis Ott ... Patient (as Dennis C. Ott)
Rose Marie Perfect ... Nurse #2

Raynor Scheine ... Mitchell
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Himself
Tom Signorelli ... Dave

Anna Deavere Smith ... Switch Board Operator

Chris Weatherhead
Susan Wool-Rush ... Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
John Flynn 
Writing credits
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Lyle Kessler  writer

Produced by
David Alastair Lewis .... associate producer
Barclay Lottimer .... producer
Dirk Petersmann .... producer
Original Music by
Shirley Walker 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Sound Department
Daniels McLean .... sound effects editor
Stephen Purvis .... supervising sound editor (as Steve Purvis)
John Clohessy .... stunts
David Copeland .... stunts
Nick De Maio .... stunts
Nick Discenza .... stunts
Ski Lawrence .... stunts
Mario Todesco .... stunts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen P. Butler .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Jim Weidman .... music editor

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Worthwhile low-key drama, 20 May 2005
Author: John Seal from Oakland CA

There isn't a great deal of plot development in Touched, an awkward but appealing psychological drama that feels like it was produced ten years earlier than it actually was. Robert Hays plays an inmate at a mental institution who, convinced he's as normal as the next chap, escapes one day and finds employment at a carnival sideshow. He's in love with fellow inmate Jennifer (Kathleen Beller), who also breaks out of the funny farm and gets a job waiting tables. The two maintain a tenuous relationship and the film ends on a happy note that nearly defies belief. Nonetheless, there's something intriguing about Touched, which plays like a high quality television hybrid of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Carny. Even Ned Beatty, an actor I generally find irksome, manages to deliver a quality performance, and the New Jersey location footage is superbly lensed by cinematographer Fred Murphy (October Sky, Auto Focus). A pleasant surprise.

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