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Harlequin (1980)

An enigmatic drifter - who appears to possess magical powers - and a political fixer vie for influence over a senator and his family.


Simon Wincer


Everett De Roche (original screenplay), Jon George (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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This film is a modern-day re-telling of the classic Rasputin story. The main characters are named after Grigory Rasputin and the last family of the House of Romanov. The historic events of these real people in the early 1900s inspired the film's story. The monk Rasputin was assassinated when he had gained too much influence at the Royal Russian Romanov Court after having (it appeared) cured the Tsar's son of hemophilia. In this movie, Gregory Wolf (Robert Powell) cures Senator Nick Rast's son Alex (Mark Spain) of leukemia. Politically, Senator Rast is being groomed as a future president of the country. See more »


Sandra Rast: Anyone for strip poker?
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Superb !
2 January 2003 | by ichobodcraneSee all my reviews

I saw this film in my youth and after years of searching for it, finally taped it off the telly. Robert Powel is exceptional as the title character as is David Hemmings as the senator. There are a few films out there that can just bewitch you as you're watching them, The Wickerman being the best example, but this one comes very close. If you see this little gem airing on your TV in the wee small hours I urge you to tape it.

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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (Australia) See more »

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AUD850,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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