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Shadey (1985)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy  |  May 1986 (USA)
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A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film. He strikes a deal ... See full summary »

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A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film. He strikes a deal with a wealthy businessman to use his powers but with two conditions: one is that he'll make enough money for a sex-change operation, and the other is that under no circumstances are his powers to be used for military purposes. Things don't work out quite the way he planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Most peculiar - you might just enjoy it but you won't know why.
27 May 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a bizarre little English film centering around the exploits of a bizarre little man who has the ability to transmit telepathic film images from his mind. A number of dodgy looking characters wish to exploit this ability and it's not exactly for the common good. The eponymous Shadey is reluctant to help but is coerced through the obvious ploys of force and bribery. The baddies (or are they goodies, it's difficult to tell) finally get their way after agreeing to pay for Shadey's longed for sex change operation.

There are some genuinely funny moments in this film as well as a couple of quite shocking ones. Antony Sher, Katherine Helmond and Billie Whitelaw are all as excellent as would be expected and the support cast endeavour to be either solid and likeable (or not, depending on their status as goody or baddy) or instantly forgettable. The plot twists are quite clever and the script rather charming but I get the feeling that it all could have amounted to so much more.

If you come across this film in whatever television guide you read you might like to give it a chance - even if just for curiosity's sake. Also to see how delightfully ladylike Antony Sher looks in the closing scene.


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