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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 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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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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Trivia

The Battle of Waterloo is represented by scenes taken from Waterloo (1970), in which the narrator / host Orson Welles played King Louis XVIII of France. See more »

Goofs

The movie opens with a text that refers to "the preceding film" which should be at the end. See more »

Quotes

Presenter: [following World War III] After a peace for a thousand years, Nostradamus tells us next to nothing. He does, however, tell us in what year the world will finally come to an end - the year 3797.
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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 Saddam Hussein (1990-91). See more »

Connections

Features Nix Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

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Don't bother except for nostalgia
14 January 2004 | by sleazydinosaurSee all my reviews

I remember this being on Cinemax all the time back in the early 80s, I taped it, and when I was in high school, I mentioned it to a teacher, and she had me bring it in and the class watched it, and then the school library borrowed it and made a copy. I wonder if they still have it, they should be ashamed of themselves if they show it to any more classes, I was just a teenager, but these were educated adults taking this nonsense seriously. I saw it again recently, I remember being absolutely mesmerized by it at the time, I'm almost embarrassed that I was ever naive enough to take this for anything more than base entertainment. The whole production is just so cheap and silly looking, and most of the predictions haven't panned out, I'm sure Nostrodamus was a slick talking con man of his time, sort of like Sylvia Brown now, just say a lot of vague things and hope people overlook it when your wrong. All of that being said, Orson Wells has a great presence, and he almost makes this tripe seem plausible, if you close your eyes. If you saw it way back when, it's kind of fun to revisit it and goof on it, but you've never seen it, there's no need to.


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