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Split Image (1982)

A young man is sucked into an unnamed religious cult by a beautiful girl, and gets increasingly under the mind control of the cult leader. After his parents fail in their efforts to talk ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay), Robert Kaufman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Keefe ... Danny 'Joshua' Stetson
Karen Allen ... Rebecca / Amy
Peter Fonda ... Kirklander
James Woods ... Charles Pratt
Elizabeth Ashley ... Diana Stetson
Brian Dennehy ... Kevin Stetson
Ronnie Scribner ... Sean Stetson
Pamela Ludwig Pamela Ludwig ... Jane
John Dukakis John Dukakis ... Aaron
Lee Montgomery ... Walter
Michael Sacks ... Gabriel
Deborah Rush ... Judith
Peter Horton ... Jacob
Ken Farmer ... Collins
Cliff Stephens Cliff Stephens ... Hall (as Cliff Stevens)
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Storyline

A young man is sucked into an unnamed religious cult by a beautiful girl, and gets increasingly under the mind control of the cult leader. After his parents fail in their efforts to talk him out of it, they hire a guy who kidnaps, and then de-programs him. Written by Tilman Hausherr <tilman@berlin.snafu.de>

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Taglines:

In the name of God, they brainwashed him and stole his heart! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gefährliche Freunde See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$263,635, 3 October 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$263,635
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The second cult based film released in 1982. The other was "Ticket To Heaven" starring Nick Mancuso which had been released earlier in the year. See more »

Quotes

Danny 'Joshua' Stetson: My head, my head, my head!
Charles Pratt: It hurts?
Danny 'Joshua' Stetson: It hurts!
Charles Pratt: Good!
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham
(uncredited)
Traditional Negro Spiritual
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Brilliant and yet still obscure
5 June 2009 | by icreeemSee all my reviews

Anyone who is unfavorably commenting about Peter Fonda's performance seems to forget just how much of a trippy hippie he himself was in the 60's. His role here was absolutely brilliant as the manipulative Neil Kirklander. James Woods; well, as usual, simply stellar! My favorite roles for him are exactly personified in this one: sleazy, unrefined, unkempt, easily angered and irritable, and doesn't care what the world thinks. He makes being disgusting look like such fun (when he spits on Kirklander's picture as a sort of de-programming method for Danny). O'Keefe and Dennehy are equally superb and convincing. Karen Allen is as we always expect; vulnerable and adorably sensitive. Fonda takes it all on this one for me, the man who gave John Lennon "I know what it's like to be dead." Excellent!


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