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The Power Within (1979)

A daredevil pilot becomes a human dynamo after being struck by lighting and is then pursued by enemy agents determined to find out the secret of his superhuman strength.


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Cast overview:
Art Hindle ... Chris Darrow
Edward Binns ... Gen. Tom Darrow
Joseph Rassulo ... Bill Camelli (as Joe Rassulo)
Eric Braeden ... Stephens
David Hedison ... Danton
Susan Howard ... Dr. Joanne Miller
Dick Sargent ... Capt. Ed Holman (as Richard Sargent)
Karen Lamm ... Marvalee
Ysabel MacCloskey Ysabel MacCloskey ... Grandma
K.C. Martel ... Small Boy
Chris Wallace Chris Wallace ... Guard #1
Bill Sorrells Bill Sorrells ... Guard #2
John Dennis ... Rancher


A young man (Art Hindle) suffers a lightning strike on a dark and stormy night. Instead of dying, he absorbs the lightning's electrical energy into his body, losing consciousness. He awakens in a hospital, only to learn that the accident changed both his body and his life, as he knew it, forever. Now he can discharge electricity from his body at will. The government coerces the young man into becoming an operative, and his handler gives him a wristwatch that is not really a wristwatch, but rather is a device that allows him to control precisely his electrical discharges. The hook is that now that the lightning strike "charged" his body, he has no choice but to re-charge the electrical energy stored in his body on a regular basis, or he will die. Written by LeBrainBoy

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Fun concept
14 August 2013 | by CyberchildSee all my reviews

4 years before we gasped as Emperor Palpatine emitted Force Lightning from his hands onto poor old Luke Skywalker, this little gem came and went with a lead character who could do the same thing.

The premise was simple.. guy gets struck by lightning and instead of being fried, absorbs the electrical current and soon after discovers he can shoot lightning from his hands. The only other thing I recall is he is given a wrist watch of sorts to control this ability and has to recharge or he'll cop it. Of course he could use this ability to fight crime for some organization somewhere, and this pilot proposed he do just that.

I remember bits of it vividly, but the rest is now a distant memory and by the looks of it, will probably stay that way as aside from this IMDb entry, there is sadly no sign of it ever seeing the light of day again.

I enjoyed it immensely when I was 6, and would love to see it again now to see if it lives up to how I remembered it, and to be able to give it a fair score. Hopefully whoever did make it will one day dust it off and put it out there somewhere. To this day it is the only thing i've remembered from childhood that I haven't found a clip of ANYWHERE, not even YouTube. Maybe an old VHS rip will show up eventually. It may have failed as a pilot, but doesn't deserve to be lost for all time.

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11 May 1979 (USA) See more »

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Power Man See more »

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