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The Medusa Touch (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 April 1978 (UK)
Psychological thriller about a telekinetic novelist 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 (Richard Burton) is watching a 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. French Detective-Inspector Brunel (Lino Ventura) 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 (Lee Remick), 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... Written by alfiehitchie

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TELEKINESIS: A mental force that enables this man to move objects and control events. Science cannot explain the awesome power of the mind. And nothing can explain it. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Toque da Medusa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Burton only worked three weeks. See more »

Goofs

When passing the 747 wreckage in the street, a thrust vector nozzle from a Harrier Jump Jet is prominent. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Johnson: [sees Brunel] Oh, Inspector Brunel, what a pain in the derrière you're being.
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Referenced in Behind the Scenes: Destroying the Abbey (2013) See more »

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I have a gift for disaster.......
29 May 2000 | by jol-4See all my reviews

The Medusa Touch is a film that i could just watch over and over again. The story, acting and directing (as well as the effects for the time) were truly brilliant. Richard Burton once again showed all the other Hollywood actors what he is worth (and i bet deep down inside they knew too). The film is basically about an odd, private man who has the evil power to inflict death just by looking at them. The build up to the film is superb as is the actual way the French investigator (Leo Ventura) goes about investigating Morlar's (Burton) death. The film was filmed entirely in England and has that very British feel to it but watching Burton in that film makes me feel sad that he is not alive today because only Anthony Hopkins can be compared to this true gem of an actor.


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