Touch (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Lusanne
August Murray
Virginia Worrel
Elwin Worrel
Bill Hill
Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
María Celedonio ...
Scruffy Staff Worker
Father Donahue
Lynn Marie Faulkner
William Newman ...
Court Clerk
Greg Czarnicki


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 <>

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

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$408,097 (USA) (14 March 1997)

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Did You Know?


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 »


Juvenal aka Charlie Lawson: well, all I'm trying to say is that, being serious doesn't mean you have to be solemn.
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References The Nun's Story (1959) See more »


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Director Schrader gets the most out of great ensemble acting
2 May 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Paul Schrader can be very erratic as a director. I think Affliction is his best film, by far, and this movie and Blue Collar are his next best. That said, you cannot be immune to the basic conceit and find it provocative, much less enjoyable. If you can accept that the Skeet Ulrich character may have St. Francis like qualities, and can really heal sick and handicapped people, Touch is a wonderful film. Christopher Walken (as always) is excellent as the ambitions and unseemly tent-show preacher, hell bent on making a fortune from the "healer-man"; and the others in the cast, Bridget Fonda, Anthony Zerbe and Tom Arnold especially, are excellent, too. Arnold, in particular, brings an amazing zeal and perfect, inadvertent humour to his portrayal of a slightly militarist, born again, religious fanatic. Certainly the movie raises more questions than it answers, and it is not quite as spiritually provocative or deep as Bigas Luna's Renacer, but it is certainly well worth watching.

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