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Spectre (1977)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 21 May 1977
Renowned criminologist and occult investigator William Sebastian recruits his old friend Dr. Hamilton to aid him in his current case. Anitra Cyon, the sister of prominent British ... See full summary »

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Clive Donner

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Samuel A. Peeples, Gene Roddenberry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Culp ... William Sebastian
Gig Young ... Dr. Ham Hamilton
John Hurt ... Mitri Cyon
Gordon Jackson ... Inspector Cabell
Ann Bell ... Anitra Cyon
James Villiers ... Sir Geoffrey Cyon
Majel Barrett ... Lilith
Jenny Runacre ... Sydna
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Butler
Penny Irving ... First Maid
Vicki Michelle ... Second Maid
Lindy Benson Lindy Benson ... Third Maid
Sally Farmiloe Sally Farmiloe ... Fourth Maid
Michael Latimer ... Co-pilot
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Storyline

Renowned criminologist and occult investigator William Sebastian recruits his old friend Dr. Hamilton to aid him in his current case. Anitra Cyon, the sister of prominent British businessman Geoffrey Cyon, believes her brother is dabbling in the black arts. In turn, Geoffrey claims that she is mentally unfit. Sebastian and Hamilton travel to the Cyon estate to investigate the matter. Complicating the issue is Sebastian's debilitating heart condition that was induced by his own experimentations with the black arts. Written by JHC3

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espectro See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Blakely was offered the role of Inspector Cabell, but was forced to decline, due to his commitment to filming Equus (1977). See more »

Goofs

Different airplanes are used in different exterior shots of what is supposed to be the same jet. Though they appear to be the same model, they have distinctive markings. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hamilton: It's impossible for something to feel evil to the touch. Am I imagining it?
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Alternate Versions

To sell the pilot movie overseas as a theatrical feature, a few brief insert shots of topless actresses during the "revelry" scene near the end were shot and added to that version, which was a fairly common practice when U.S. television product was being considered for foreign cinema release. It is this "European cut" that has aired in recent years on U.S. cable movie channels (like Fox Movie Channel). See more »

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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Spectre series
23 October 2005 | by garth8769See all my reviews

Concerning the question of why "Spectre" did not become a series , i would like to give my 2 cents. the 1970's saw a lot of supernatural/sci-fi themed TV movies which were obviously intended as series pilots . NBC had this film , and also "The Norliss Tapes" with Roy Thinnes. "The Questor Tapes" was a Gene Roddenberry concept. CBS had another of Gene's creations,"Genesis II". This was later redone as "Planet Earth" on ABC , which also aired "Baffled!" with Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy as a clairvoyant race car driver(!). Not a one made it to series. I believe it was a concern about not having enough plots to sustain a weekly series , expensive location shooting and f/x , and a continuing lack of support for the genre led to their demise. The failure of ABC's "Night Stalker" and "The Sixth Sense" also didn't help. In addition , "Star Trek" itself was still at that time considered a relative failure despite the beginnings of its resurgence. I think a possible answer may have been to include a series like "Spectre" as part of a rotating "Mystery Movie" type of show along with some more standard detective /thriller series. with a star like Robert Culp , older viewers may have given it a chance , along with younger viewers who were the main fans of the genre.


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