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Prophecy (1979)

A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

David Seltzer

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Talia Shire ... Maggie
Robert Foxworth ... Rob
Armand Assante ... John Hawks
Richard Dysart ... Isely
Victoria Racimo ... Ramona
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... M'Rai
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Pilot
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Cellist
Burke Byrnes ... Father
Mia Bendixsen Mia Bendixsen ... Girl
Johnny Timko Johnny Timko ... Boy
Everett Creach Everett Creach ... Kelso (as Everett L. Creach)
Charles H. Gray ... Sheriff
Lyvingston Holmes Lyvingston Holmes ... Black Woman (as Lyvingston Holms)
Graham Jarvis ... Shusette
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A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside. Written by <kdj@ozemail.com.au>

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She lives. Don't move. Don't breathe. She will find you. See more »


Certificate:

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Even though this movie is rated PG in the US, it is rated 18A in Canada which is basically R. See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummy for M'Rai when he is killed and thrown by the bear. See more »

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John Hawks: The environment is us. And it's being mangled. And I'm gonna make something very clear to you. My people are violently ill. They're beginning to lose their faculties. They stagger and they fall, and this has nothing to do with alcohol, as these villagers claim. My people are fishermen; their lives are clean.
Ramona: I'm a midwife, and I've seen children born dead, born deformed.
John Hawks: So badly, some have had to be put to death.
Ramona: Three times we have been to the Government, and three times they've turned us away.
John Hawks: ...
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 7 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

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Spoofed in South Park: Nobody Got Cereal? (2018) See more »

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Sweet Ride
Written by Lionel Job and Delwin Gillman
Performed by Southroad Connection
Courtesy of Fourth World Productions
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Underrated thriller
2 September 2002 | by knsevySee all my reviews

It did have its share of cheesy moments, but Prophecy is one of the best rampaging-mutant movies I've seen - and I've seen quite a few. Some users have complained that the terror shots are too few and far between, but this is an ancient and now-lost film-making technique called 'building suspense'. Personally, I think it enhanced the shock value of the monster (which, by the way, still manages to give me the occasional nightmare, even as I approach 30). The scene where Foxworth, speaking into a tape recorder as he puzzles out the environmental disaster, gradually realizes the nature and extent of what he's facing, is a true cinematic gem. If this were a 'serious' movie, it would have been worth of at least a nomination, and the chainsaw/axe duel is intense. However, horror movies rarely win awards.

I do laugh during the sleeping bag scene, though. Can't help myself. And the viewer can clearly see that the monster morphs from fifteen feet tall to eight feet tall when it goes from close-ups to action shots. The creature itself is terrifying, in my opinion. Anyone who can't suspend their disbelief enough to overlook a few flaws in the special effects techniques probably shouldn't be watching monster movies, anyway.

This is one of the prizes of my video collection, if I ever find it on DVD, I won't hesitate to add it to THAT collection, as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Prophecy: The Monster Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,389,402

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,389,402
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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