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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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In The Grisly Tradition of 'ALIEN' See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Manitou See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When this film was premiered in South Africa in 1978, the invitations were printed on vomit bags. See more »

Quotes

John Singing Rock: [praying over his medicine circle] Gitche Manitou, hear me. Hear me and protect me.
Harry Erskine: [as Karen Tandy opens her eyes] John, look!
John Singing Rock: Who are you? Where do you come from?
Misquamacus: [speaking through Karen Tandy] I am mightier than you. Your medicine is of no consequence.
John Singing Rock: What is your name?
Misquamacus: My name... Misquamacus. Leave the whites, little brother from the plains. Do not help them... or die.
Harry Erskine: John, what's the matter? What... what is it?
John Singing Rock: It's Misquamacus. The greatest medicine man of all. He turned rivers, made ...
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Alternate Versions

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

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Well, I liked it a lot!!
10 March 2007 | by raymond-x-jacobsenSee all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out in the theatres, with my sister---we loved it and were blown away!! I've since owned it on VHS, and now have the wonderful DVD that was just released. Honestly, given the year it was made and such, it's not a bad film at all, and is one I regularly watch!! Sure, it's a preposterous story, and the effects come off a little dated, but I thought the ensemble acting was great---loved seeing Ann Southern, Stella Stevens, Susan Strasburg, Tony Curtis Et Al tackling this unique idea for a horror film. I thought many, many scenes were intense (the séance scene is a highlight!), and loved how William Girdler interpreted the story. I actually rate this very high, and only ding it because of the slightly dated effects. "Hamlet", it ain't , but it's a very enjoyable horror-romp for the evening, perfect popcorn fodder!


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