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August 1986 (UK) See more »
When an Irish woman moves from the suburbs to Dublin, she begins receiving phone calls from a stranger... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Moira Sinise ... Patricia Teeling (as Moira Harris)

Christopher Cazenove ... Inspector McMyler

Timothy Bottoms ... Danny Sullivan

John Kavanagh ... Robert Foxley
Mick Lally ... Uncle Lar
Bairbre Ni Chaoimh ... Monica Quigley
Jim Bartley ... Hugh Teeling (as James Bartley)
Deirdre Donnelly ... Fionnuala Sullivan
Liam O'Callaghan ... Farrelly
Ronan Wilmot ... Patricia's Father
May Giles ... Patricia's Mother
Se Ledwidge ... Patsy Teeling
Gabrielle Reidy ... Kathy O'Malley
Agnes Bernelle ... Mrs. O'Malley
Seamus Forde ... Mr. Mullally
Derek Halligan ... Translator
Virginia Cole ... Woman in 'Ladies'
Sean Rafferty ... Clergyman
Patrick Daly ... Priest (as Pat Daly)
Maeliosa Stafford ... Wine Waiter
Ronan Smith ... Manager
Frank Melia ... Reporter
Derry Power ... Racegoer
Charlie Roberts ... Racegoer
Des Nealon ... Lawyer

Dervla Kirwan ... Fiona
Brendan Cauldwell ... Hotel Bar Drinker
Michael Duffy ... Hotel Bar Drinker
Gerry Alexander ... The Voice
Tony O'Hehir ... Racing Commentator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Cotter ... Drunk on ship (uncredited)

Directed by
Robin Hardy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robin Hardy  writer

Produced by
Mark Forstater .... producer
Vivien Pottersman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanislas Syrewicz 
Cinematography by
Frank Gell 
Film Editing by
Thomas Schwalm 
Production Design by
John Lucas 
Costume Design by
Maeve Paterson 
Makeup Department
Nick Dudman .... prosthetics makeup
Sound Department
Laurie McDowell .... assistant sound editor
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Butler .... assistant camera
Vincent Corcoran .... additional photography
Tom Kenny .... theatrical lighting
Louis H. Lavelly .... additional photographer
John Murphy .... grip
Editorial Department
Angelica Landry .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tom McGuinness .... music coordinator
Ray Williams .... music supervisor
Other crew
Paul Myler .... assistant accountant
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen .... script supervisor

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UK:98 min
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Moira Sinise receives an "introducing" credit.See more »
Detective:[speculating on sex-killer's identity while inspecting murder scene] He's... unlikely to be a missionary.See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Has nothing on The Wicker Man! (or entertaining films in general), 30 March 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I saw this movie for one reason and one reason only and, probably like everyone else who has seen it, that reason is because the film is directed by Robin Hardy; the man behind the all-time cult classic 'The Wicker Man'. I honestly have no idea how a man behind such a great film as The Wicker Man could end up directing something as crap as this. The Fantasist does not have a very good reputation, and that's hardly surprising as this film is completely boring. It was thirteen years between the release of this film and Robin Hardy's classic, but I actually believe that shooting for The Fantasist began in 1974, only production was slow as the cast and crew kept on falling asleep during shooting! The film takes place in Ireland and follows an Irish woman who moves to Dublin. It's not long before she begins receiving obscene phone calls from a stranger, and (coincidently?) there also happens to be a killer on the loose known as 'The Phone Call Killer'. Most people in that situation would change their phone number, but our heroine is drawn to the mystery caller instead...

The film starts off slowly but any hopes of it getting better are quickly dashed when it becomes quite clear that the pace is never going to pick up. This movie will grind you down; such is the sheer boredom on display. The film could be termed a slasher since people get sliced and diced, but it seems that Robin Hardy wanted it to be a bit more than just a slasher, and it's backfired horribly as there is no interest created around the central premise which absolutely kills it. Robin Hardy also had no luck in the casting department either as American actress Moira Harris fails to convince or generate any sympathy from the audience. The Wicker Man was a largely aesthetic affair with the picturesque island featuring strongly as well as the standout ending; but there's nothing like that here; all the locations are dreary and drab and that adds to the intense torture that is The Fantasist. Hardy probably wanted the movie to be a bit steamy and while there are brief flashes of nudity, the film certainly isn't sexy (though a sequence that sees the killer undress a girl with his knife is one of the few memorable moments). It all boils down to a stupid and predictable ending and overall, I would not recommend this rubbish even to hardcore fans of The Wicker Man.

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