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The Entity (1982)

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A woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Frank De Felitta (novel) (as Frank DeFelitta), Frank De Felitta (screenplay) (as Frank DeFelitta)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Carla Moran
Ron Silver ... Phil Sneiderman
David Labiosa ... Billy
George Coe ... Dr. Weber
Margaret Blye ... Cindy Nash
Jacqueline Brookes ... Dr. Cooley
Richard Brestoff ... Gene Kraft
Michael Alldredge ... George Nash
Raymond Singer ... Joe Mehan
Allan Rich ... Dr. Walcott
Natasha Ryan ... Julie
Melanie Gaffin ... Kim
Alex Rocco ... Jerry Anderson
Sully Boyar ... Mr. Reisz
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Woody Browne
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Storyline

As if struggling to make ends meet and trying to get her life back on track wasn't enough, the hard-working single mother of three, Carla Moran, finds herself with the back to the wall when she comes face-to-face with an inexplicable supernatural incident. Sexually assaulted in her locked-up home, Carla is having a hard time telling the difference between fact and fantasy; however, both the unseen assailant and the painful bruises in hard-to-reach parts of her body are very real. Now--as all attempts with psychotherapy failed, and the late-night paranormal attacks become increasingly violent--Carla has no other choice but to turn to a team of parapsychologists who offer, at least, hope for a resolution. But, is there an escape from abstract evil? Can Carla beat the Entity? Written by Nick Riganas

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The ultimate story of supernatural terror! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Robert MacNaughton auditioned for a role for this film after being asked by the casting director, who saw him in an off-Broadway play in New York. See more »

Goofs

Near end of film the scientist gives exhibition of liquid Helium and states temperature of -473 F. Liquid Helium is actually only -457 F, and "absolute zero" of -459 F has never been attained. See more »

Quotes

Carla Moran: Your halo is burning.
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Tou Can't Have Me
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Popcorn thriller is suspenseful and ridiculous, often at the same time!
22 October 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Single mom in southern California is repeatedly attacked by a violent sexual predator--one who is a poltergeist. Frank DeFelitta adapted his own bestseller, allegedly based on a true account, which has pedantic medical diagnoses in the first-half and monster-movie overtones in the second. Barbara Hershey, lovely and freshly-scrubbed like an elfin flower-child, takes on the difficult leading role with casual detachment; her delicacy is welcomed actually, as a role (and a movie) such as this can really go overboard without much effort. The script is a big handicap because the dialogue isn't as smart as the characters or the actors, and when Hershey is asked at key moments to describe her circumstances, she suddenly starts babbling like maybe she really does need a team of doctors. The effects are iffy, too (particularly in one sequence involving a nude body, which doesn't quite convince). However, the intensity of the situation and Sidney J. Furie's tricky direction provide both suspense and morbid amusement, and the film's bombastic finale is tolerable only because the plot really had no place else to go. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,685,654, 6 February 1983

Gross USA:

$13,277,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,277,558
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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