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The Believers (1987)

 -  Horror  -  10 June 1987 (USA)
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A New York psychiatrist finds that a voodoo cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.

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After the death of his wife, police psychiatrist Cal Jamison moves to New York. There he has to help in the investigation of the murder of two youths, who seem to have been immolated during a cult ritual. Jamison believes it's been Voodoo and, ignoring the warnings of his housekeeper, enters the scenery and soon gets under their influence. They try to get him to sacrifice his own son. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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10 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$18,753,438 (USA)
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Camera operator reflected in bathroom mirror when Jessica opens it. See more »

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Dennis Maslow: And another child was saved... a most extraordinary child... who's taught us so much. Other the years he's become like a son to us.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Flute Concerto In G
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Aurele Nicolet and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Courtesy of Philips Records, a divsion of Polygram Classics
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saw this in 1987, still memorable...
6 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Covering the subject of cults, religion, Santeria or other beliefs is always intriguing and educational. The acting especially by Martin Sheen as N.Y. psychiatrist Cal, is very good.

Cal loses his wife in a tragic accident, and returns to New York City where he is a psychiatric consultant for N.Y.P.D. There are some excellent scenes with Jimmy Smits, as an affected officer who goes mad, and Robert Loggia, as a veteran cop who is also affected by the "Believers", and their group.

Harris Yulin is menacing and fits the bill as leader of an 80's group, ostensibly just a charity group, until Sheen uncovers something much worse.

The end is rather abrupt and predictable, but the acting is first-rate (especially for Sheen) and this is worth a viewing. The theme alone has many possibilities, the ignorance and unawareness of how many different religions actually exist, and are in practice all over the world. 9/10.


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