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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Whitley Strieber (book)
Whitley Strieber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 November 1989 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
On December 26th, 1985, Whitley Strieber had a dream. Weeks later, he discovered his family had the same dream. Months later, he made the most shocking discovery of his life. Now, you will discover it. See more »
Plot:
Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(31 articles)
User Reviews:
An objective review...I hope. See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Walken ... Whitley Strieber

Lindsay Crouse ... Anne Strieber

Frances Sternhagen ... Dr. Janet Duffy

Andreas Katsulas ... Alex
Terri Hanauer ... Sarah
Joel Carlson ... Andrew Strieber

John Dennis Johnston ... Fireman

Dee Dee Rescher ... Mrs. Greenberg
Aileen Fitzpatrick ... Mother
R.J. Miller ... Father

Holly Fields ... Praying Mantis Girl

Paula Shaw ... Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorci ... Second Grade Girl (as Juliet Sorcey)
Tifni Twitchell ... Teacher
Joshua Miller ... Tall Boy (as Joshua John Miller)
Kate Stern ... Woman on Bus
Johnny Dark ... Lab Technician
Jonathan Fromdahl ... Whitley (5 years)
Andrew Magarian ... Man in Hallway

Basil Hoffman ... Dr. Friedman
Paul Clemens ... Patrick

Maggie Egan ... Nancy
Irene Cagen ... Sally (as Irene Forrest)
Sally Kemp ... Laurie
Vince McKewin ... Bob
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Mora ... Alien Abductee (uncredited)
Ingrid Vold ... Magician's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Philippe Mora 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Whitley Strieber (book)

Whitley Strieber (screenplay)

Produced by
Dan Allingham .... producer
Gary Barber .... executive producer
Philippe Mora .... producer
Paul Redshaw .... executive producer
Edward Simons .... co-producer (as Ed Simons)
Richard A. Strieber .... associate producer
Whitley Strieber .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eric Clapton 
Allan Zavod 
 
Cinematography by
Louis Irving 
 
Film Editing by
Lee Smith 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Linda Pearl 
 
Art Direction by
Dena Roth 
 
Set Decoration by
Diana Allen Williams 
 
Costume Design by
Malissa Daniel 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist
John De Herrera .... special makeup mechanical effects
Denise Dellavalle .... additional makeup artist
Michael Earnest .... special makeup mechanical effects
Steve Frakes .... special makeup mechanical effects
John Goodwin .... special makeup mechanical effects
Jeff Kennemore .... special makeup mechanical effects
Melinda Kennemore .... special makeup mechanical effects
Erin Lyons .... hair stylist
Karen Mason .... special makeup mechanical effects
Ann Masterson .... hair stylist: New York
Dixie McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Melissa McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Michael McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Michael Shawn McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Jim McPherson .... special makeup mechanical effects
Joe Podnar .... special makeup mechanical effects
Kris Rosenberger .... hair stylist
Ron Seraile .... special makeup mechanical effects
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dan Allingham .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sharon Mann .... first assistant director
Robert J. Metoyer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
David Cunningham .... carpenter
David Esparza .... scenic painter
David Goldstein .... lead painter
Charles M. Lagola .... property master: New York
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Helen Wilson .... seamstress
Bill Zullo .... property master
 
Sound Department
Andrew Adams .... utility sound
Peter Burgess .... sound editor
Alan Douglas .... sound recording engineer
David Harrison .... sound re-recording mixer
Doron Kipen .... sound recording engineer
Hugh Little .... boom operator: New York
Guerric Angelo Marruzzi .... post production
Matthew McFadden .... boom operator
Bill Meredith .... sound mixer: New York
Richard Murphy .... boom operator: New York (as Rich Murphy)
Gavin Myers .... sound editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Ken Pawlak .... boom operator
Ron Purvis .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Ed White .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Gregory .... photographic effects supervisor
Hal Miles .... animatronics supervisor
Richard Ratliff .... special effects
A.J. Workman .... alien effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Savas Alatis .... camera loader: New York
Gary Dagg .... key grip
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator
Steven Kline .... additional focus puller
Steven Kline .... first assistant camera: New York
Bob Lee .... key grip: New York
Chuck Mason .... best boy electric
Mark Roemmich .... best boy grip
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Russ St. John .... dolly grip
Jorgen Wedseltoft .... first assistant camera
Kevin Williams .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Donna B. Anderson .... casting assistant (as Donna Anderson)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emmy Taylor .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Noelleen Westcombe .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Eric Clapton .... composer: main theme
Eric Clapton .... performer: main theme
Alan Clarke .... composer: end theme
Allan Zavod .... composer: additional score
Eduardo Ponsdomenech .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lee Sanders .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Stephanie Alexander .... additional unit publicist
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Marty Capune .... additional location manager
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Alan Clarke .... additional arrangement & performer: "End Theme"
Pam Cornfeld-Walker .... production coordinator (as Pam Cornfeld)
Kristi Frankenheimer .... location manager (as Kristi Frankenheimer-Davis)
Jonathon Green .... production assistant
Karen Kelsall .... script supervisor: New York
Eduardo Ponsdomenech .... assistant: Christopher Walken
Larry Stephens .... location manager: New York
Amy Wells .... production associate
 

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Runtime:
Netherlands:101 min | Germany:106 min (video) | USA:107 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Whitley Strieber's Alien Contact books are usually cataloged as "Psychical Research" or "Paranormal". However, the cassette audio-book of Communion, read by 'Roddy McDowell' and produced by a Hertfordshire company called "Redback", simply has the word "FICTION" on the back of the inlay. This could have been a compromise to preserve the credibility of a start-up company and increase publicity for Strieber at the same time.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Whitley leaves his vehicle in the 'final' visit to the cabin, the camera cuts to the entire cabin drenched in light. As he starts approaching it you can clearly see the source of light as a spotlight at the top right of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
Whitley Strieber:Am I not gorgeous?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in UFOs: Chariots of the Beast (2011) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZSee more »

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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
An objective review...I hope., 2 December 2002
Author: Ilker Yucel (yucel81x@hotmail.com) from Annapolis, MD

In "Communion," Whitley Strieber's autobiographical book comes to life...sort of. Viewing this movie is a strange experience, and certainly not for all tastes. It is a very cerebral piece of work from a director who did not wholeheartedly agree with Strieber's interpretation of the events surrounding his so-called abduction. Phillipe Mora makes an effort to give the film an air of surrealism, right down to even having the blatant symbolism of DeChirico paintings on the walls of Strieber's home (whether or not Strieber actually had such paintings is beside the point). The director tries to give the impression that Strieber is suffering a breakdown while simultaneously trying to present the events without too much distortion. Tough task...it's easy to see why the film seems diluted and without chemistry.

However, this also provides the film with an atmosphere that can also help enhance the whole point, which is not "was Whitley Strieber abducted by aliens," but rather "how did Whitley's interpretation of an inexplicable event effect him and those around him?" One of the last scenes, an exchange between Strieber and his wife in a museum, conveys this point perfectly. "It's just God, masks of God." It can be equated with a religious experience, feeling the touch of God. Strieber FELT the touch of an outside presence. Does that mean he was visited by aliens? This is irrelevant, and I firmly believe that this is what the point of the film should be. And let's face it, the film is called "Communion," which means "to be at one with God."

The mechanics of the film are rather well constructed. Christopher Walken is in fine form as Strieber, giving a wonderful portrayal of a writer on the edge (of a discovery or his sanity?). Lindsay Crouse does a good job as Strieber's wife. The acting is slightly flat in some areas, but this might've been another device of Mora's to add to the surrealism. Constant uses of the New York skyline add a sense of foreboding to the film, not just because of the beauty of these scenes, but because it helps give the impression of an outside presence. The music (with Eric Clapton on guitar) is pretty good, typical of the synthesizer-based scores of most '80's movies, but it adds well to the setting. And even though the special effects may seem laughable, Mora has made the case (perhaps pretentiously) that this was also deliberate. The FOX TV version (which seems to be the version being shown on Showtime Digital Cable) adds several sequences, and increases the light contrast in certain scenes, adding a glowing white haze to many scenes. Some have complained about the scene in the psychiatrist's office being so bright, but I think it also helps get the message that there may be an outside presence surrounding all of us, whether we recognize it or not.

"Communion" is an interesting movie that suffered from a view that was perhaps too short-sighted. If the film were made today, one can be sure the message might have been lost on overbloated special effects, and the surreal effect would've been diminished to appeal to the lowest common denominator of movie-going audiences. No matter what your stance on alien abduction, this is a very thought-provoking film. Give it a chance...watch it.

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