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Touch (1997)

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When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing ... See full summary »

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Debra Lusanne
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Virginia Worrel
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Elwin Worrel
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Bill Hill
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Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
María Celedonio ...
Alisha
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Father Donahue
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Lynn Marie Faulkner
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August Murray
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Greg Czarnicki
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When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing relationship between Juvenal and Lynn Faulkner. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Rated R for some sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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$408,097 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Paul Schrader originally wanted to adapt the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch", but when Quentin Tarantino got the rights and made it Jackie Brown (1997), Schrader decided to use this Leonard novel instead as his next project. See more »

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Elwin Worrel: You know, Virginia's mother gave us these dishes when we got married. Christ, 21 years ago, I hated these God-damned dishes. they got rosebuds on 'em like a little girl's tea-set you know. All that time, you know, you get through your mashed potatos, and you wipe your gravy, and there's those god-damned rosebuds lookin' at ya!
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I Died In My Teens
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The miracle worker
1 September 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Elmore Leonard novels tend to deal with sleazy characters operating at the fringes of society. "Touch" is a strange book in that the sleaze bags are presented in a different light. They're not the obvious con men, but they are people that are trying to take advantage of a situation that is perceived as a money producing scheme.

Paul Schrader has adapted and directed, but the essence of the book is somehow elusive by what is presented to us. Yes, we realize that Bill Hill is into making a fast buck if he can sell Juvenal as the miracle worker with supernatural powers. In fact, this theme has been done more successfully in other films.

What the director accomplishes are good performances from his cast. At times the movie feels flat and without a clear direction as where it wants to go; we don't care too much about Juvenal after he loses his 'touch' and he becomes a mere mortal.

Skeet Ulrich is excellent as Juvenal; this actor is always a welcome sight in any movie he is in. Christopher Walken turns a controlled performance as Bill Hill, the man in search of a good con that will do anything to get it done. Bridget Fonda is also low key as Lynn, the skeptical woman who sees good in Juvenal and ends up falling for him. Also very effective is Tom Arnold, the man that wants to take the church into the right path and will stop at nothing to protect his own views.


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