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The Manitou (1978)

A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Director:

William Girdler

Writers:

Graham Masterton (novel), William Girdler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Harry Erskine
Michael Ansara ... John Singing Rock
Susan Strasberg ... Karen Tandy
Stella Stevens ... Amelia Crusoe
Jon Cedar ... Dr. Jack Hughes
Ann Sothern ... Mrs. Karmann
Burgess Meredith ... Dr. Snow
Paul Mantee ... Dr. McEvoy
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Winconis
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Herz
Hugh Corcoran Hugh Corcoran ... MacArthur
Anne Newman Bacal Anne Newman Bacal ... 10th-Floor Nurse (as Ann Newman-Mantee)
Jan Heininger Jan Heininger ... Wolf, an orderly
Michael Laren Michael Laren ... Michael, an orderly
Cindy Stanford Cindy Stanford ... Neighbor
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Storyline

Karen Tandy enters a San Franisco hospital suffering from a tumor growing in her neck. Her surprised doctors think it's a living creature, a fetus being born inside the tumor. Fortune-teller Harry Erskine dismisses it -- until one of his customers begins speaking in tongues and fatally throws herself down a flight of stairs, and Karen's surgeon attempts to cut off his own hand rather than excise her tumor. Erskine finally seeks help from another fortune teller, Amelia Crusoe, and her husband, to try to learn the cause of these supernatural events. When Karen's tumor gets larger, Dr. Snow speculates that within her tumor lives vengeful 400-year-old Indian spirit. Erskine travels to South Dakota to enlist the aid of Indian medicine man John Singing Rock to force the evil spirit out of Karen and back where it came. The Indian spirit is driven from Karen's tumor, but will it take over others before Singing Rock can send him back? Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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Possession marked The Exorcist. Demonaic Pregenacy arupted Rosemary's Baby. Warnings followed The Omen. And The Manitou has it all combined! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Manitou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Susan Strasberg and her ex-husband, Christopher Jones, had reportedly experienced paranormal activity in their Beverly Hills home in the mid-1960s. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Snow: Just assume for a moment, sir, that this woman - she's a young woman?
Harry Erskine: Yeah, a young woman.
Dr. Snow: Just assume that she has a problem, now now assume also this problem has to do with Indian magic. Well, my God, son, you do have one hell of a problem!
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Alternate Versions

Some versions include scenes featuring an anethesiologist (Charles Kissinger); other versions do not. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The House on Cuckoo Lane (2014) See more »

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What a film!!!
3 February 2004 | by dmorris1006See all my reviews

This is a fabulously camp and funny film, watching Tony Curtis camping it up was hilarious, but it is still one of my most favourite films. Last year I managed to get a copy and excitedly I sat and watched it, remembering each part from the first time I had seen it, there were my children around me laughing hysterically at this "Frightening" film. I don't care what they think, "they don't make em like this anymore"


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