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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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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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Taglines:

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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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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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

Dr. Jack Hughes: Don't be an administrator!
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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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Hey, you oughta see a doctor about that thing on your neck!
9 March 2005 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

How am I going to fill ten lines about this movie? Here goes: There was a time that Tony Curtis was a serious player in movies, he did the one with Sidney Poitier--for the life of me, I can't remember the name of it--and there's Spartacus and a couple of others that showcased some talent, even with a toupee that looks like a . . . toupee. Susan Strasberg, a hormone-flooding beauty who I remember from Toma on ABC back in 1973, was also a serious performer. If you go down the cast list for The Manitou, you see a lot of good A and B grade actors and actresses who must have really needed some quick cash or were possessed--in and out of the movie--as a group by some sort of Native American evil spirit thing that, at one point, I kid you not, manifests itself in a tumor-like blob of ecto-oogy on somebody's neck.

Yech.

That's all I can remember about this movie. I saw it on HBO in 1979 and after thousands of hours of therapy, I recovered. Unfortunately, somewhere during the courtship of my future wife, I discovered that she had a rather large mole on her neck, right under her hairline. I called it Manitou. She didn't get it.

And I'm not ordering the movie from Amazon just to show her why I named her mole!


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