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The Believers (1987)

A New York psychiatrist finds that a satanic cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.



(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Maslow
Lee Richardson ...
Carla Pinza ...
Raúl Dávila ...
Larry Ramos ...
Diner Counterman
Philip Corey ...
Calder's Assistant


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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They exist. Fear them. See more »


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Release Date:

10 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los creyentes  »

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$18,753,438 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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One studio executive suggested having the Beastie Boys perform on the soundtrack. See more »


(at around 42 mins) When the second body is discovered, you can see him clearly breathing while the investigators are photographing. See more »


Palo: Chris?
Chris Jamison: I'm over here
Palo: [Last lines] Come to me
Chris Jamison: No... you come to me
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »


Flute Concerto In G
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Aurèle Nicolet (as Aurele Nicolet) and The Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Courtesy of Philips Records, a division of Polygram Classics
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Some nice moments , but overall a disappointing movie
15 September 2014 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

A good director John Schlesinger ("Midnight cowboy" , "Marathon man") plus good actor Martin Sheen ("Apocalypse now") plus interesting subject - voo doo. This is one promising combination , isn't it ? Unfortunately the ending result is rather bad.

Martin Sheen gives a good performance. The movie does give you a some knowledge about voo doo. There are some nice thrilling scenes (the beginning , the ending , the scene with the snakes and the scene with the bees). Those are the good things in this movie.

The movie isn't unfortunately scary . It isn't horrifying enough just to insert images of bloody headless chicken corpses and African tribes performing silly dance rituals. The movie can't decide if it wants to have supernatural elements in it or to be a thriller. "The believers" is also too long and have too many sub plots. There is also too much soap opera in a movie that should be scary and dark. There is no tension or atmosphere and aside from Sheen the acting isn't anything special. The dialogues are forgettable and the screenplay is rather bad convoluted.

Alan Parker's "Harry Angel" is far superior to "The Believers". It's dark , scary , has good performances and interesting story. "The Believers" is not a complete waste of time , however it is overlong, slightly pretentious with a flat detective story. There are some good elements here , however it is a disappointment. I give it 4/10.

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