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The Medusa Touch (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 April 1978 (UK)
A telekinetic novelist 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 ... Sgt. 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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Taglines:

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 control it. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Film critic Roger Ebert, then co-starring on the television program Sneak Previews (1975) alongside Gene Siskel, named this picture "The Worst Movie of 1978". See more »

Goofs

From early on in the film, there is not a shred of "Doctor - Patient privilege". It is totally illegal for a psychiatrist to tell anyone about what is said in confidence to anyone; especially the police. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Johnson: [sees Brunel] Oh, Inspector Brunel, what a pain in the derrière you're being.
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Slice of best British ham
24 March 1999 | by Mon-4See all my reviews

This is the sort of movie that could only be British made.....with its cavalcade of great character actors, slightly dodgy special effects and bravura it's well worth watching. Richard Burton has lots of fun as a man cursed with the power 'To create catastrophe 'and Lee Remick is the psychiatrist who has to convince him he's got a fertile imagination and that he should relax a little.

After all how many horror films start with the main character getting his head bashed in, goes from there to the aftermath of a plane crash in central London, segues neatly through burning schools, failing space missions, goes back to the events leading upto the plane crash, quickly darts over to a cathedral collapsing and then builds to a crescendo where........nah, that'd ruin it for you. Watch it , there's so much going on in this film it's like watching one of those Amicus compilation movies, with several stories within the main plot. It'll never win any Oscars or credits from film luvvies but it is entertaining, it has a great soundtrack, all the cast give good performances and Lee Remick looks scared as only she could!


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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