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Impulse (1984)

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After a small earthquake in a small and quiet town, local citizens start to have a bizarre, violent and self-destructive behaviour...


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Carr
Bob Russell
Amy Stryker ...
Claude Earl Jones ...
Robert Wightman ...
Lorinne Vozoff ...
Mrs. Russell
Man in Truck
Adam Baumgarten ...
Boy with Danny
Abigail Booraem ...
Mrs. Ashley
Leonard Burns ...
Pissing Man
Mary Celio ...
Mary Woodson
Jack T. Collis ...
Mr. Arson


After a small earthquake in a small and quiet town, local citizens start to have a bizarre, violent and self-destructive behaviour...

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The madness inside us all. See more »


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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Performed by Loretta Lynn
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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A movie of shocks, thrills, and, disturbances, unnerving, that questions it's catalyst
12 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Now for something completely different. I didn't know what to make of this film when I first saw it, back in 86'. I was surprised too that Tim Matheson was in this, after remembering his grand comic role in Up The Creek. Even though I loved this movie, because you didn't know what crazy thing was gonna happen next, where it's story sucked in, you so desperately wanted to know why these people were acting so crazy, when being told it's reasons at the end, I found it just too hard to buy. I'll never forget the snapping back finger scene in the bar, by that guy who didn't like having to wait, to have a chance to dance with Tilly. What you learn at the end, was that aerial spraying that still happens today, contaminated this milk at this plant, where there was an earthquake prior. Matheson drinks the milk that has this toxic substance. His Girlfriend, Tilly doesn't, but her brother, a younger Bill Paxton and the father do. Aha. It was just too much to buy that something like happening, could send people into such hysteric and violent states, as if acting on impulse, may'be the most dangerous emotion, where rational thought takes a backseat. The destructive and violent acts shown in the movie, some quite frightening, are impactful. This movie's a good watch, mainly 'cause it's different, if unique. Even the sex scene between Tilly and Matheson, where things hotted up, got frightening, when I first watched it. But remember, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. I love the realization Matheson made when he found the spark of his violent acts, like a swell of relief one would say, amidst all the madness we saw prior. The end too worked well, this time the credits, unaccompanied by music, but a howl of wind, Tilly, standing forlorn, and resolute. The fight must on, as life.

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