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The Medusa Touch (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1978 (UK)
Psychological thriller about a novelist, a telekinetic, who causes disasters simply by thinking about them.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

John Briley (screenplay), Peter Van Greenaway (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... John Morlar
Lino Ventura ... Detective-inspector Brunel
Lee Remick ... Dr. Zonfeld
Harry Andrews ... Assistant Commissioner
Alan Badel ... Quinton - Barrister
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Patricia Morlar
Jeremy Brett ... Edward Parrish
Michael Hordern ... Altropos - Fortune Teller
Gordon Jackson ... Dr. Johnson
Michael Byrne ... Sergeant Duff
Derek Jacobi ... Moulton - John's publisher
Robert Lang ... Pennington
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Mrs. Pennington
John Normington ... Mr. Copley - John's schoolmaster
Robert Flemyng ... Judge McKinley
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Storyline

John Morlar is watching the British television broadcast when an anchorman states that American astronauts are trapped in orbit around the moon. Suddenly someone in Morlar's room picks up a figurine and strikes him on the head repeatedly. His blood splatters the television screen. A French police inspector, Brunel, arrives at Morlar's apartment to begin an investigation. At first he thinks Morlar is dead, but soon he hears him breathe. At the hospital, Morlar is hooked up to life support systems, one machine in particular monitors the activity of his battered brain. Brunel discovers that Morlar has been in psychological analysis because of his history of being witness to many disasters, other people's disasters. Dr. Zonfeld, Morlar's analyst, explains that Morlar's delusions had begun when he was a child. He believed that he had caused a hated nanny's death. Morlar's childhood delusions were reinforced at a resort when he overheard his parents discussing him with disapproval. When his... Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Richard Burton is the man with the medusa touch ... he has the power to create catastrophe.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Toque da Medusa See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Medusa" of the film's title refers to the famous monstrous character from Greek Mythology. Though an image of Medusa does appear in the film's trailer, the character does not appear in the film at all, its use is merely a metaphor, analogy or allegory. Medusa is mentioned at the beginning of the movie's trailer as well. The voice-over says: "In ancient legend, Medusa was one of three Gorgon monsters created to do battle with the gods. Anyone looking into the eyes of Medusa was instantly turned to stone". See more »

Goofs

During the end scene when the cathedral is collapsing, large pieces of masonry are falling about the place. However during the panic you can clearly see people pushing on the blocks of stone. However they move very easily. They were made of plastic, Plaster of Paris, polystyrene and Papier-mâché. See more »

Quotes

John Morlar: [his first meeting with Zonfeld] I have a "gift" for disaster.
Doctor Zonfeld: You seem to have survived it.
John Morlar: I don't mean for me, I mean for others.
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An underrated Science Fiction Jewel!
5 March 2003 | by lightningslimSee all my reviews

Although I've known of this film since its release, I've seen it tonight, after 25 years! It was worth the wait - an excelently acted science fiction piece, presented as a police drama. Certainly it marked by its date - the clothes, the cars, the rounded television sets :o) - but this now adds a certain charm that I'm sure the director never intended. Special effects are not the flashy "Sci-fi" type but are all the more impressive for this, adding verisimilitude to a gritty and involving tale. If you enjoy "hard" science fiction, try and see it!


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