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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician ... See full summary »

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Robert Guenette

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Robert Guenette (screenplay), Alan Hopgood (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Narrator
Philip L. Clarke Philip L. Clarke ... Nostradamus (voice)
Ray Laska ... The Warlord
Bob Ruggiero Bob Ruggiero ... French Soldiers
Roy Edmunds Roy Edmunds ... French Soldiers (as Roy Edmonds)
Ray Chubb Ray Chubb ... French Soldiers
Richard Butler Richard Butler ... Nostradamus
Jason Nesmith ... Nostradamus, as a Child
Howard Ackerman Howard Ackerman ... Nostradamus, as a Youth
Brass Adams Brass Adams ... The Grandfather
Terry Clotiaux Terry Clotiaux ... Nostradamus' Father
David Burke ... The Friar
Bob Bigelow Bob Bigelow ... The Dinner Host
Marji Martin ... The Maid
Thor Nielsen Thor Nielsen ... The Cook
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Storyline

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician Nostradamus actually predict such events as the fall of King Louis XVI and the French Revolution, the rises of Napoleon and Hitler, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? And are there prophecies that have yet to come true? Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki tudta a jövőt See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Although the movie gets many of its predictions of the future wrong (Ted Kennedy winning the 1984 Presidential election) some are very close, especially the speculation about a massive earthquake in California which the movie predicts will happen in 1988 but in fact happened in 1989. Also the movie predicts that America would be at war with the middle east and that the war would begin early in the 1990s and in fact, at the beginning of the decade the country was in the Persian Gulf War. See more »

Goofs

Psychic Jeane Dixon's name is misspelled onscreen as "Jeanne Dixon". See more »

Quotes

Presenter: [about the predictions of the future] But before continuing, let me warn you now that these predictions of the future are not at all comforting - and I might go on to add that these visions of the past, these warnings of the future, are not the opinions of the producers of this film. They're certainly not my opinions.
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Alternate Versions

In 1991, NBC Television broadcast a truncated version of "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow". The broadcast was hosted in video segments by Charlton Heston (eliminating or re-recording the bulk of Orson Welles's narration). The film was updated to include examination of verses which may relate to the famine situation in Ethiopia (1984-85), the recent earthquakes in California (1988-89), and Sadam Hussein (1990-91). See more »

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Features A Fire in the Sky (1978) See more »

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Don't let it worry you!
8 October 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

This movie and I have a very interesting history. I first heard of Nostradomus when I watched an "In Search Of.." special on his life and times. They said he predicted King Henry's death in a jousting tournament and all kinds of other things. I remember watching this film in the 1980s and it scared me to death, especially the part in the end about the third Anti-Christ, the evil Warlord in a blue turban who will start WWIII. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, I read an article that said he was the third anti-Christ and it scared me even more. I served in Desert Storm with the National Guard and I can remember all the time I was over there I thought the world was going to end just like it showed in this ridiculous film, I about drove myself crazy worrying over nothing! My father always used to tell me that I was foolish even thinking about Nostrodomus. Well anyway, I read a book on this prophet by a man named James Randi and he pointed out that Nostrodomus was really a fraud. His predictions are so vague that they can be twisted and turned to mean almost anything. All right, he talks about something called Hister in his predictions, in this movie they try to make it out like he predicted the rise of Adolf Hitler. But if you do a little bit of studying, you find Hister was the name of a river in France! Friends there is nothing to worry about! In the wake of these terrorist attacks, people have tried to make it out like he predicted those as well. Dont make the mistake I did, its not even worth thinking about. Orson Welles has a great narrator's voice and makes the story come alive, but just watch it and laugh. Looking back, I feel so foolish that I let this film frighten me so much, I should have listened to my father.


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