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Harlequin (1980)

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writers:

Everett De Roche (original screenplay), Jon George (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Gregory Wolfe
David Hemmings ... Nick Rast
Carmen Duncan ... Sandra Rast
Broderick Crawford ... Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio ... Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Mr. Porter
Mark Spain Mark Spain ... Alex Rast
Alyson Best ... Alice
Sean Myers Sean Myers ... Benny Lucas
Mary Simpson Mary Simpson ... Zoe Cayce
Bevan Lee Bevan Lee ... Mr. Robinson
Neville Teede Neville Teede ... Dr. Barthelemy
Mary Mackay Mary Mackay ... Miss Edith Twist
John Frawley John Frawley ... Dr. Lovelock
Nita Pannell Nita Pannell ... Mabel Wheelan
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A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the enigmatic stranger who mysteriously comes to "visit" him. Possessing uncanny magical prowess and miraculous psychic abilities, the peculiar, but seemingly benevolent, visitor quickly gains a spell-binding hold over the senator and his family. But a power-lusting political backer is also vying for control over the up-and-coming senator. And he would kill the influential stranger, without question, for that power. But he and the senator are about to be enlightened. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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Frightening, fascinating, evil or good? [DVD Australia] See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

British actor Robert Powell was imported to Australia to headline this movie. Other imports include American actor Broderick Crawford and David Hemmings, also from England. Gus Mercurio, who appears in the film, is an American-born Australian. See more »

Quotes

Gregory Wolfe: I know there are powers at work in the universe. For those higher powers, the de-materialization of a given target would be child's play.
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Intriguing, very intriguing
13 December 2018 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

A movie of wonder, magic, and intrigue, "Harlequin" or "Dark Forces" is a force to be reckoned with. At a birthday party, a boy named Alex(Mark Spain) who suffers from leukemia gets to meet a clown who entertains everyone. That night, a man named Gregory Wolfe(Robert Powell) enters the house and cures the son. Skeptics including the father and his political cronies would try anything to discredit the faith healer. Wolfe performed many feats that would mesmerize. Many would think that there are tricks behind his acts. But no one has ever been able to figure it out. This movie is about magic and political intrigue. What you see is a slight of hand. Being from Australia is something that I like to see. At least it's not a Mad Max film. Don't try to figure out the tricks in the film. Otherwise, you just might disappear! 3 out of 5 stars


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD850,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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