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God Told Me To (1976)

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Lo Bianco ... Peter J. Nicholas
Deborah Raffin ... Casey Forster
Sandy Dennis ... Martha Nicholas
Sylvia Sidney ... Elizabeth Mullin
Sam Levene ... Everett Lukas
Robert Drivas ... David Morten
Mike Kellin ... Deputy Commissioner
Richard Lynch ... Bernard Phillips
Sammy Williams ... Harold Gorman
Jo Flores Chase Jo Flores Chase ... Mrs. Gorman
William Roerick William Roerick ... Richards
Lester Rawlins Lester Rawlins ... Board Chairman
Harry Bellaver ... Cookie
George Patterson George Patterson ... Zero
Walter Steele Walter Steele ... Junkie
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Storyline

The storyline of this movie involves a series of motiveless murders committed by various New York residents: a sniper shoots people from a water tower; a father murders his entire family; and a cop opens fire during a St. Patrick's Day parade. The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrators calm admissions of guilt, explaining, "God told me to." While investigating the murders, catholic police detective Peter Nicholas is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips who appeared to each of the killers and can't seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is somewhat linked to this mysterious being. As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed. Written by Ørnås

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IT WILL GIVE YOU NIGHTMARES FOREVER See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demon See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book carried by Casey (Debra Ruffin) early in the movie is "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol." See more »

Goofs

The car in the flashback scenes was a 1951 Chevrolet, with post-1973 New York State license plates and registration. Briefly, it also turns into a 1939 Plymouth, when it hits a pothole. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Jackson: There's this lady who lived next door who died a couple of days ago. I mean she just died, sitting there looking out of the window. Nobody even missed her until dinnertime. Well, you know what they say, 'there's only one cure for old age'.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Bernard Herrman. See more »


Soundtracks

Sweet Momma Sweetlove
Lyrics by Janelle Webb
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Performed by George Gentre Griffin
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Cohen at his best

Larry Cohen the New-York based director (Q-The Winged Serpent , Black Ceasar , Stuff) brings us this oddity. The title was changed to Demon after most television stations refused to run the trailer for the film. A deeply religious cop (Tony lo Bianco) is involved in the investigation of a series of seemingly unrelated sniper killings in the New York area. His investigations however only start when he tracks down a sniper and is given the answer "God Told Me Too" , thats about all I can say without ruining the film and giving away one of the most effective plot twists in years. Andy Kaufman (Latka in TAXI) turns up as a kill crazy policeman at a parade, with lots of other surprises along the way this little known gem is well worth the hunt if you can get a copy on video. And with we have the best of all excuses to watch it.."God Told Me Too"


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