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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Tom Schulman (written by) and
Patricia Resnick (written by)
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Release Date:
3 November 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's in the detective biz with a psychic wiz!
Plot:
John Larroquette is the head of a detective agency that is hired to find a missing person, probably kidnapped... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Forgotten Action Cinema: Second Sight
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 10 June 2012, 6:47 PM, PDT)

This week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 26 August 2011, 4:06 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Larroquette ... Wills

Bronson Pinchot ... Bobby

Bess Armstrong ... Sister Elizabeth

Stuart Pankin ... Preston Pickett Ph.D.

John Schuck ... Manoogian

James Tolkan ... Coolidge

William Prince ... Cardinal O'Hara
Michael Lombard ... Bishop O'Linn

Christine Estabrook ... Priscilla Pickett
Marisol Massey ... Maria

Adam LeFevre ... Mike
Andrew Mutnick ... Elmore
Ron Taylor ... Carl
Mike Crossen ... Cop Bloom Gallery

Suzanne Shepherd ... Marilyn Bloom (as Suzanne Shephard)
William Mooney ... Fritz Bloom
Ellis Williams ... Davey

Cornelia Guest ... Blonde in Diner
Barbara Meek ... Eileen
Will Le Bow ... Agent Alman

Dominic Chianese ... Father Dominic
Odetta Rogers ... TV Anchor Woman
Jack Hynes ... TV Anchor Man
Leonard Jackson ... Doorman at Hampshire House
Wayne Chou ... Waiter
Chester Lee ... Cook
Lucy Johnson ... Stripper

Kim Chan ... Chinese Store Owner

James Huston ... Pilot (as Jim Huston)

Mark Arnott ... Co-Pilot
Susan Forristal ... Stewardess

JoAnna Rhinehart ... Reporter #1
Eugene Boles ... Reporter #2
Barry Nolan ... Reporter #3
Ken Baltin ... Reporter #4
Paul O'Brien ... Church Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bronk ... Bicyclist (uncredited)

Scott J. Fisher ... Roller Skater on the Common (uncredited)
Michelle Fortune ... Stripper (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Zwick 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom Schulman (written by) and
Patricia Resnick (written by)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... executive producer
Margaret Hilliard .... associate producer
Mark Tarlov .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Dana Christiaansen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Ray 
 
Casting by
Pat McCorkle 
 
Production Design by
James L. Schoppe 
 
Art Direction by
Paul W. Gorfine 
 
Set Decoration by
Bryan Thetford 
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bales 
 
Makeup Department
William A. Farley .... hair stylist (as Bill Farley)
Robert Philippe .... makeup artist (as Robert Phillipe)
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Mickey Scott .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Burtt Harris .... unit production manager
Tia Lemke .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director
Walter Scott .... second unit director
Glen Trotiner .... second assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director (as Robert Warren)
 
Art Department
Dominic Belmonte .... property master
Dimitri Bulgarcic .... painter (as Dimitri Bugarcic)
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction foreman (as Robert Carlyle)
Mark DeMichele .... lead man
Cathy Hay .... assistant property master (as Kathy Hay)
Thomas W. Lay Jr. .... illustrator
W. Scott Mason .... construction foreman (as Scott Mason)
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator
Kurt Smith .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Louis Cerborino .... supervising sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Noreen Evans .... assistant sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... supervising adr editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
John Fundus .... boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley artist
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Fred Rosenberg .... sound editor
Marc S. Shaw .... adr editor (as Marc Shaw)
Ahmad Shirazi .... assistant sound editor (as Maddy Shirazi)
Judy Silberstein .... assistant adr editor
Brunilda Torres .... assistant sound editor
Marty Church .... adr mixer (uncredited)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... optical line-up
Valerie Baiardi .... effects animator
John Battaglia .... effects animator
Kinnereth Ellentuck .... camera operator: New York Special Effects
Bran Ferren .... special visual effects
Phil Gosiewski .... camera operator: New York Special Effects
Gregory Harker .... effects animator (as Greg Harker)
Ron Martin .... process projection
Dick Rauh .... art director (as Richard Rauh)
Robert Rowohlt .... optical camera
Bruce Vaughn .... camera operator: New York Special Effects
Michael Ventresco .... effects animator
Tom Weston .... photography: Associates & Ferren
Frost Wilkinson .... photography: Associates & Ferren
Vincent Yacenda .... effects animator (as Vinnie Yacenda)
Eliot Yaffe .... process projection
 
Stunts
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Kate Carleton .... stunts
Robert Chip .... stunts (as Robert Chin)
Danny Costa .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts
Cliff Goulet .... stunts
James E. Hall .... stunts
Robert Lee Harris .... stunts
Jean Malahni .... stunts
Bufort McClerkins .... stunts (as Bufort McClerkins Jr.)
Carol Neilson .... stunts (as Carol Lee Neilson)
Bernadette Penotti .... stunts
Brian Ricci .... stunts
M. Lynda Robinson .... stunts
Beckett Royce .... stunts (as Becket Royce)
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (as John Clay Scott)
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Warren A. Stevens .... stunts (as Warren Stevens)
Sprague Theobald .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Bookout .... best boy grip
Liz Dubelman .... second assistant camera
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Tom Priestley)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Priestley)
John Seakwood .... still photographer
Chuck Sharp .... best boy electric
Jim Shelton .... dolly grip (as James Shelton)
William M. Weberg .... grip
Barbara Hanania .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Lorne MacDougall .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Priestley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Hanina Levin .... casting assistant
Herb Mandell .... casting: Boston, The Casting Company
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angelika A. MacClellan .... costumer: women (as Angelika MacClellan)
Ernest Misko .... costume supervisor (as Ernie Misko)
Bob Squire .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Clare Larson .... assistant editor
Cara Silverman .... assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
 
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
Guy Moon .... composer: additional music
Evan Morris .... orchestrator
Roger Rhodes .... music recording engineer
Steve Tyrell .... composer: additional music
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Winn .... teamster captain (as Billy Winn)
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lori A. Balton .... location coordinator (as Lori Balton)
Patricia Barry .... executive assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
David Chapman .... production assistant
Mike Crossen .... police liaison: Boston
Alexandra Decker .... location manager
Charlotte Garnell-Scheide .... production assistant (as Charlotte Garnell)
Nina Greenfield .... extras coordinator
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Marge Henderson .... assistant: Mr. Zwick
Jacalyn Isgur .... production assistant
Sharron Jacobson .... psychic advisor
Frank Kosa .... production assistant
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production coordinator
Hugh MacKay .... production assistant
Jana Odette .... production assistant
Kathleen Penny .... production assistant
Bernadette Penotti .... production assistant
Serge Popper .... production executive
Gloria Salas .... production accountant
Paulette Sharon .... production assistant
Jim Shelly .... general manager
Nancy Sisti .... assistant production coordinator
Lynne Twentyman .... script supervisor
Tim Williams .... production assistant
Marylouise Winston .... production assistant
Gary Zieff .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
83 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A clip from the TV series "Perfect Strangers" (1986) plays on the TV. In the clip, Larry Appleton is calling for "Balki." Bronson Pinchot, who stars in this film as Bobby, played Balki in "Perfect Strangers."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bobby is controlling the actions of the three hoodlums, he puts his arms down twice.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Wills:[answering machine message] Hello, you've reached the Second Sight *psychic* detective agency. We know who you are and what you want, so, at the sound of the beep, hang up.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Knots Landing" (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGICSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
High Quality Comedy, 28 January 2011
Author: (reader4)

Why all the low votes? This movie is hilarious!

It's sort of Ghostbusters (1984) meets Ghost (1990), although much funnier than either of those, with even a little bit of Airplane! (1980), believe it or not, thrown in at the end. In spite of all this, Second Sight manages to be wildly original.

An ex-cop, a psychic researcher from Harvard and his pet-like subject have formed a detective agency, using the psychic to help them unravel crimes. They take on a case for $300 helping a nun toward whom the ex-cop has great animosity find out who rear-ended her car.

Sound crazy? It is!

Thrown into the bargain, just about every way you can think of exploiting a clairvoyant is spoofed, from horse racing and the lottery to dating. "Tell me! Is she a Scorpio?"

John Laroquette plays the ex-cop in what is perhaps his breakthrough role. He is good here just like he is in everything I've ever seen him in. I think maybe this is where they got the idea for his McBride character.

Even though John Laroquette gets top billing, the movie really belongs to Bronson Pinchot. He manages to be completely over-the-top without being annoying in the way Jim Carey often is. In many respects he is like a two-year-old running out of control, getting into everything, innocently exploring everything he comes in contact with. Including the opposite sex.

And, also like a two-year-old, I don't see how anyone could not ultimately find him endearing. Even John Laroquette, who is demonstrably tortured by him all the way through, warms to him in the last few minutes.

Stuart Pankin is very strong as the second banana, the Harvard PhD that is the only one who can control Pinchot. Every moment he has on screen is superbly played, and his catch phrase of "very rare!" in describing whatever latest psi phenomenon Pinchot is manifesting is a masterpiece of comedic writing and delivery.

The movie is excellently directed by Joel Zwick, in his only venture out of the small screen before My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). The pacing is great, never a dull moment. Not overdone, not quite madcap, yet there is something in every scene and at every turn to make you laugh. Sight gags, silly situations, some slapstick. But mostly you'll laugh from the dialog.

The best thing about the movie is the writing, which is surprisingly high quality for a movie of this sort. Only the Airplane and Naked Gun series rival it in taking stupidity to intelligent heights. The thoughtful wittiness of the dialog hits you on the funny bone again and again.

Don't get me wrong. The movie is no Wilde or Coward play, no Woody Allen movie, not even Monty Python. It's definitely stupid humor. But it's delightful, intelligent, clever and entertaining stupid humor.

The special effects are also great, better than I would have expected from a movie of this type. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that Pinchot does a lot of levitation and zapping of one kind or another during the film.

Don't believe the low ratings on this one. If you like clever dialog along the lines of Airplane and Naked Gun, and ridiculous supernatural stuff like Ghostbusters, I guarantee you'll get a lot of laughs out of Second Sight.

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