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Patrick (1978)

PG | | Horror | 7 September 1979 (USA)
A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills through his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writer:

Everett De Roche (screenplay) (as Everett de Roche)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Penhaligon ... Kathy Jacquard
Robert Helpmann ... Doctor Roget
Rod Mullinar ... Ed Jacquard
Bruce Barry ... Brian Wright
Julia Blake ... Matron Cassidy
Helen Hemingway Helen Hemingway ... Sister Williams
María Mercedes ... Nurse Panicale (as Maria Mercedes)
Walter Pym Walter Pym ... Captain Fraser
Frank Wilson Frank Wilson ... Detective Sgt. Grant
Carole-Ann Aylett Carole-Ann Aylett ... Patrick's Mother
Paul Young Paul Young ... Lover
Marilyn Rodgers Marilyn Rodgers ... Day Desk Nurse
Peggy Nichols Peggy Nichols ... Night Desk Nurse
John Murphy John Murphy ... Barman
Ray Chubb Ray Chubb ... S.E.C. Worker
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Storyline

After the shocking bathtub death of his mother and her lover, the sinister Patrick lays comatose in a small private hospital, his only action being his involuntary spitting. When a pretty young nurse, just separated from her husband, begins work at the hospital, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using his psychic powers to manipulate events in her life. Written by R Lindsay

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He's in a coma... Yet, he can kill... See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

According to director Richard Franklin, actress Julia Blake was always in character for the role of Matron Cassidy. Franklin soon nicknamed her 'One Take Blake' because her performance rarely needed more than one take. See more »

Goofs

After the doctor attempts to give Patrick a lethal injection, he is hit in the head by a potted plant. Immediately after this, he picks up a chair to strike Patrick and is thrown back against the wall, which is shown to bounce back. See more »

Quotes

[to Kathy Jacquard who is applying for a job as a nurse]
Matron Cassidy: Why did you choose the Roget Clinic, Mrs. Jacquard? We tend to attract certain types - lesbians, nymphomaniacs, enema specialists..."
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Crazy Credits

The end credits play over Patrick lying in his hospital bed with his eyes open. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Australian version features a music score by Brian May; European version was re-scored by Italian rock group Goblin, partly using outtakes from their score for a TV series for director Dario Argento. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014) See more »

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A blast from the past; Franklin's fun homage to Hitchcock
13 March 2003 | by hippiedjSee all my reviews

FINALLY! The complete Australian language version of Richard Franklin's gem from 1978!

An enigmatic young man kills his mother, then somehow winds up in a coma in a private hospital. Enter the pretty young nurse who discovers Patrick has capabilities no one seems to know about, or want to admit they know about. For those that are thrill seekers, this film is not a fast-paced, action-packed story. BUT, for those of us that appreciate characters over wild thrills and enjoy careful buildups to a final reveal, this one is nicely done. There IS a reason it was an initial success and has gained a big cult following; people understood Franklin's intentions.

Sure, Patrick is not grand "cinema," but it's a nice mystery/love story with great performances, a keen sense of humour ("self-referential humour" as it has been described), and some rather strong adult content & nudity for what was supposed to be a PG-rated film, even in the altered version for American audiences back in 1978. I first saw it theatrically and was surprised by its content, but appreciated the homages to Hitchcock (which Franklin carefully points out in many scenes on the DVD's commentary track), and Brian May's score has a nice hermann-esque feel (I'm a proud owner of this score on vinyl). I was only disappointed that it was dubbed with American actors, which dummies down a film -- just take a peek at the dubbed version of Anatomy (aka Anatomie). Finally seeing this film in the original Australian language version on DVD made me like this film a lot more 25 years later.

While this film is not extremely original, it still provides enough intrigue for those who look deeper into films that the general public would brush off. Patrick could be considered an acquired taste, so those who are familiar with it and liked it will find the Elite DVD a very satisfying purchase and a nice surprise to see it in its original form. Others be warned, you might stick with more familiar "blockbuster hits." But realize, when films are pushed as "the hottest releases," you know something might be lacking and that it's processed for mass-friendly consumption. At least the Australian audiences did accept this film back then, and it won recognition. I'd like to think I was one of the Americans that understood why they found this film to be so great!


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

AUD400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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