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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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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

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

When the 747 explodes after hitting the office block, the ends of the wings can be seen still suspended where the wires failed to detach. See more »

Quotes

John Morlar: What am I? How can I will death?
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Not the best Burton, but enough to be getting on with
23 October 2003 | by KenLiversausageSee all my reviews

Some people here have pointed out that Burton overacts in this interesting little movie. Well, they're right, but he's positively wooden here compared to his histrionics in Exorcist II The Heretic.

Burton was a superb actor, with the best speaking voice this side of Lee Marvin, who squandered his enormous talent on a string of second-rate movies and an awful lot of whisky. But don't let that put you off watching The Medusa Touch, a thought-provoking, and thoughtful thriller that poses some uncomfortable questions about the nature of evil, and man's place in a world seemingly abandoned by God. Intelligent stuff - but watch out for the polystyrene masonry bouncing around at the climax!


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