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November 1985 (Austria) See more »
Only he can see it. Only he shares its magic. Only he knows the danger. See more »
When Joey's dad dies Joey is starting to act strange. He's got psychic powers. He can talk to him on the phone... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A great underrated supernatural fantasy! one of my all time favorites. See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Joshua Morrell ... Joey Collins
Eva Kryll ... Laura Collins
Tammy Shields ... Sally
Jan Zierold ... Martin
Barbara Klein ... Dr. Haiden
Matthias Kraus ... Bernie
Jerry Hall ... William
Sean Johnson ... Bobby
Christine Goebbels ... Alice
Ray Kaselonis ... Steven
Joel Kleinman
Berit Morrell
Punky ... Scooter
Christoph Lindert ... Sheriff
Axel Berg ... Parapsychologist Ralph
Sandra Freeding Myers ... Parapsychologist
James Baumgartner ... Parapsychologist
James Heffernan ... Parapsychologist (as James Hefferman)
Gunther Zorn ... Parapsychologist (as Günther Zorn)
Peter Kosma ... Parapsychologist
Peter Kiener ... Parapsychologist
Sheila Behrens ... Parapsychologist

Joe Azzato ... Parapsychologist
Kevin Peck ... Parapsychologist
Ralph Nordenhold ... Parapsychologist
John Caruso ... Parapsychologist
Carrie Shields ... Child
Joshua Ellis ... Child
Charly Dere ... Child
Tim Edwards ... Child
Daniel Bayer ... Child
Elliot Smith ... Child
Allison Koblik ... Child
Ann Katrin Behrens ... Child
Michael Goebbels ... Child
Fabian Muliawan ... Child
Tanja Hartmann ... Child
Myriam Thiele ... Child
Guido Seitz ... Child
Miguel Ninaus ... Child
Stefania Sabucci ... Child
Daniel Markwald ... Child
Holger Schweizer ... Child
Volker Konrad ... Child
Rainer Pietschmann ... Child
Sebastian Riehm ... Child
Ina Bohnsch ... Child
Monic Wintermaier ... Child
Thilo Scheuermann ... Child
Dan Porter ... Guard
Bruce Burney ... Guard
Frederic Ambrosio ... Policeman (as Fred Ambrosio)
Charly Hack ... Policeman
Reid Morrell ... Policeman
Frank Loomis ... Policeman
Volker Hamp ... Technician
Antje Hilbert ... Technician
Choanne Anderson ... Technician
Frank Leather ... Technician
Simon Stone ... Technician
Ann Paris ... Technician
Joe Brown ... Technician
Bebby Dalton ... Technician
Peter W. Kleg ... Doctor
Dr. Hollis ... Doctor
John Curthan ... Doctor
Dr. Hobkins ... Doctor

Michael Gregory ... Doctor
Birgit Stutz ... Doctor
Caplan Brown ... Priest
Ruth Poklekowski ... Mourner
Liesel Luft ... Mourner
Sacha Luft ... Mourner
Elisabeth Chambers ... Mourner
Renata Bechner ... Mourner
Lynnea Minger ... Mourner
Jack Angel ... Fletcher the Dummy (voice: US version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Caroll ... Jessica (uncredited)
Christian Claaszen ... Peter Collins (uncredited)
Danny Colby ... Joey Collins (voice) (uncredited)
Rolf Giesen ... Ghost (uncredited)
Sven Hass ... Parapsychological Research Crew (uncredited)
Bernd Limmbacher ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Roland Emmerich 
Writing credits
Roland Emmerich (written by) and
Hans J. Haller (written by) and
Thomas Lechner (written by)

James Melkonian (additional dialogue) and
Carl Colpaert (additional dialogue)

Wolfgang Hess (german dialogue)

Produced by
Klaus Dittrich .... executive producer
Hans Emmerich .... producer
Roland Emmerich .... co-producer
James Melkonian .... associate producer
Alena Rimbach .... co-producer
Willi Segler .... producer: ZDF
Original Music by
Hubert Bartholomae 
Paul Gilreath 
Cinematography by
Egon Werdin 
Film Editing by
Carl Colpaert 
Alan Toomayan 
Tomy Wigand 
Art Direction by
Holger Schmidt 
Set Decoration by
Sonja B. Zimmer 
Costume Design by
Marina Schirmacher 
Makeup Department
Jurgen Hees .... makeup artist
Susanne Schickert .... makeup artist
Johanna Von Gastiowski .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Huschka .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans J. Haller .... assistant director
Thomas Lechner .... assistant director
Art Department
Norbert Brunsch .... set builder
Mark Harbison .... set builder
Ralph Hengherr .... architect
Marc Hug .... assistant set decorator
Peter Huschka .... construction coordinator
Siegbert Kratzki .... construction coordinator
Magnus Krüger .... architect
Wolfram Popp .... architect
Benjamin von Mallinckrodt .... construction coordinator
Bernd Wiese .... construction coordinator
Sonja B. Zimmer .... property master
Sound Department
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound designer
Bettina Bayerl .... foley artist
Barbara Becker .... foley artist
Milan Bor .... sound mixer
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul B. Clay .... sound effects supervisor (as Paul Clay)
Reinhard Dietze .... sound re-recording mixer
Susanne Eichhammer .... foley artist
Pia Fritsche .... sound editor
Jens Hasler .... sound
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Pierre Roueche .... assistant sound
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg C. Rudloff)
Heinz Schürer .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Hubert Bartholomae .... special effects supervisor
Roland Emmerich .... special effects
Sven Hass .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rolf Giesen .... visual effects: Futureffects
Uli Gleis .... animator
Joachim Grüninger .... animation technician
Hans Haller .... model builder
Armin Lange .... animator
Armin Lange .... visual effects: Futureffects
Bernhard Menges .... animator
Thomas Meyer-Hermann .... animator
Karoly Pakozdy .... model builder
Frank Schlegel .... visual effects: Futureffects
Holger Schmidt .... model builder
Helga Thamm .... animator
Herbert Umbrecht .... visual effects: Film & Trick
Camera and Electrical Department
Günther Bauer .... gaffer
Tomas J. Blazek .... assistant camera
Tomas J. Blazek .... second camera
Stefan Döberl .... still photographer
Roland Emmerich .... second camera
Angelika Hobl .... still photographer
Wolfgang Kling .... still photographer
Reinhard Köcher .... assistant camera
Robert Kögel .... assistant camera
Rainer Pfister .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Martina Cloos .... assistant editor
Edith Eisenstecken .... assistant editor
Birgit Klingl .... assistant editor
Other crew
Michael Hermes .... dubbing producer
Wolfgang Hess .... dubbing director
Tina Maria Krüger .... continuity
Michael Wagner .... titles

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Making Contact" - , International (English title) (cut version)
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98 min | USA:79 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

During a few scenes shot in Virginia Beach, the star was not available on set so the son of an Emmerich family owned business employee sat in as a double. Just a few scenes driving through a Virginia Beach Neighborhood.See more »
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References "Sesame Street" (1969)See more »


What are the differences between the US Theatrical Version and the Original German Version?
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A great underrated supernatural fantasy! one of my all time favorites., 11 April 2009
Author: John Lindsey from Albuquerque New Mexico

9 year old Joey Collins (Joshua Morrell) is a sad and lonely kid living in the city of Virgina Beach with his mother after his dad died. He discovers one night he has gained telekinetic and psychic powers which makes his toys come to life and even gain the power to communicate with the spirit of his dad on a toy phone which gives him love and hope, he's a unfairly unpopular kid at school cause he told them his secrets yet they think he's crazy as he has only one friend and of course his pet robot Charlie. One night while walking his dog and robot, he stumbles into an old abandoned mansion that belong to a famous magician/ventriloquist named Jonathan Fletcher and finds an old yet creepy ventriloquist dummy named Fletcher (Voiced by Jack Angel in the U.S. version)as he takes it home with him only to later find out it's possessed by a demon. It terrorizes young Joey into not believing that the person he is talking on the phone isn't his father but the boy refuses to believe it yet the little creature threatens his mom, friends and even some of the folks in his city with demons from another dimension for only Joey can put an end to it's reign of terror.

Very entertaining, fantastic and highly underrated yet overlooked German supernatural horror fantasy drama from Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day", "Stargate" and "The Patriot") long before his Hollywood career. The film incorporates themes about life and death including the power of how to cope with it even though we sometimes can't wish that we need to bring that person back but how to live with it, i think the film's acting is surprisingly good even for the young lead. Some people accuse this of being a knock-off to some of Spielberg's and Lucas's movies like "Star Wars", "E.T.", "Poltergeist" etc. but IT ISN'T a rip-off, it's a tribute and homage as Mr. Emmerich uses playful non-mean spirited references that taps into the mind of a child's imagination on their obsession with movies they love on how sometimes they would like to have a special friend kind of like E.T. and how they could bring their Star Wars-esquire fantasies to life. The dummy Fletcher himself is one creepy little doll whom rivals Fats from "Magic" as the scariest ventriloquist dummy to hit the screen, i remembered watching this movie on HBO when i was young at the age of 5 in 1987 as it scared the hell out of me. Then later in my high school days i adored the movie yet the dummy still gives me the willies, i think it's a wonderful and kind of dark supernatural modern fairy that is a well done and eerie tale of death and magic. The German version of this movie known as "Joey" is the better version then the U.S. New World Pictures English dubbed version "Making Contact" for it has scenes that were cut out of the U.S. version and has a much better music score.

If you want a different yet imaginative movie that combines horror, fantasy and even drama that is also a tearjerker with a moral then i highly recommend checking out this fascinating underrated cult gem.

Also recommended: "Poltergeist", "Ghost", "Pan's Labyrinth", "The Gate", "The Shining", "House (1986)", "Silent Hill", "Magic", "House By The Cemetery", "The Exorcist", "Akira", "Spirited Away", "My Neighbor Totoro", "Star Wars Saga", "The Mummy Trilogy", "Dead of Night (1945)", "Tourist Trap", "Puppet Master", "Ghostbusters 1 & 2", "The Dark Crystal", "1408", "Twice Upon a Time", "The Devil's Backbone", "Pet Sematary", "Scanners", "Carrie", "Firestarter", "Suspiria", "Phenomena", "Inferno", "Mother of Tears", "Hellraiser 1 & 2", "Final Destination Trilogy", "Willow", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Stephen King's IT", "The Frighteners", "The Neverending Story", "City of Lost Children", "Harry Potter Saga", "Child's Play Series", "Trilogy of Terror", "Devil Doll (1964)", "The Monster Squad", "The Goonies", "City of the Living Dead (a.k.a. Gates of Hell)", "The Nightmare Before Christmas", "Beetlejuice", "Christine", "The Ring (Japanese and American)", "Hellboy 1 & 2", "Phantasm", "Dolls (1987)", "Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night", "Big Trouble in Little China", "Monster House", "Donnie Darko", "Escape to Witch Mountain", "Return to Witch Mountain", "Dead Silence", "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Constanstine", "Pin", "Cat's Eye", "Ju-On The Grudge", "The Fog (1980)", "Prince of Darkness", "The Secret of NIMH", "The Last Unicorn", "Excalibur", "Howl's Moving Castle", "The Amityville Horror (1979 and 2005)", "The Omen (1976)", "The Phantom Tollbooth", "The Orphanage", "Krull", "The Dead Zone (1983)", "Watcher in the Woods", "The Haunting (1963 and 1999)", "The Legend of Hell House", "Burnt Offerings", "The Pit", "Dolly Dearest", "Twilight Zone The Movie", "Witchboard", "Visitors", and "The Ghost and Mr. Muir".

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