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The Manitou (1978)

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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

At $3 million, this was director William Girdler's biggest budgeted film. See more »

Quotes

John Singing Rock: Normally I wait three risings of the sun before I take on a job.
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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 Hunt for the House on Cuckoo Lane (2011) See more »

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What's that on your neck?
24 March 1999 | by Huntress-2See all my reviews

Well, for the most part, this movie stunk. It was so bad it was funny, although I must admit that the little manitou guy was kind of freaking me out with his mismatched eyes and evil smile. The ending is so cheesy that is makes the flick worthwhile.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Manitou See more »

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Budget:

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

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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