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Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writers:

Whitley Strieber (book), Whitley Strieber (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Whitley Strieber
Lindsay Crouse ... Anne Strieber
Frances Sternhagen ... Dr. Janet Duffy
Andreas Katsulas ... Alex
Terri Hanauer ... Sarah
Joel Carlson ... Andrew Strieber
John Dennis Johnston ... Fireman
DeeDee Rescher ... Mrs. Greenberg (as Dee Dee Rescher)
Aileen Fitzpatrick Aileen Fitzpatrick ... Mother
R.J. Miller R.J. Miller ... Father
Holly Fields ... Praying Mantis Girl
Paula Shaw ... Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorci Juliet Sorci ... Second Grade Girl (as Juliet Sorcey)
Tifni Twitchell Tifni Twitchell ... Teacher
Joshua Miller Joshua Miller ... Tall Boy (as Joshua John Miller)
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Storyline

Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a horrible dilema; was I abducted or am I going mad? He sees a psychiatrist who tries to use hypnotic regression to discover the truth. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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The true story of one man's terrifying journey into the unknown. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Besucher See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,919,653
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Main Theme musical soundtrack ''Communion Theme'' was composed and performed by Eric Clapton. We hear this musical theme at the very beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Whitley leaves his vehicle in the 'final' visit to the cabin, the camera cuts to the entire cabin drenched in light. As he starts approaching it you can clearly see the source of light as a spotlight at the top right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Anne Strieber: Put your grey pants on, elephants are grey.
Whitley Strieber: [Playing with the elasticated trunk] Is this the front or the back?
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version of Communion (1989) is shown on FOX network television (USA). The alternate version has extra or extended scenes (compared to the theatrical/cable/video version) as follows:
  • When Whitley (Christopher Walken) visits Dr. Freidman (Basil Hoffman), he describes the visitors while watching a salamander frolic in the physician's aquarium.
  • When Whitley's Russian friend Alex (Andreas Katsulas) finds Whitley in the diner, he tells Whitley that as a child in his native country he heard stories of small beings who lived in the mines, called Kobolds. He tells Whitley he believes these stories are true;
  • On the "ship," Whitley dances with the Little Blue Doctors after they exchange greetings (immediately before the "magic show");
  • Upon the roof of their apartment building, the stars in the sky do NOT momentarily appear to resemble the face of a visitor, as they do in the theatrical/cabletv/video version;
  • The end credits roll over a night time aerial shot of the Strieber family standing on the shore with New York City behind them.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Books (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Communion
Theme
Composed and performed by Eric Clapton
Written by Eric Clapton and Allan Zavod
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Who dare look behind the mask?
16 December 1999 | by mmarasSee all my reviews

This film left a lasting impression on me, which didn't wane during the second and even third viewing. I have never thought about it as an "alien-movie". (Incidentally, the word "aliens" is never once mentioned in the film.) In my opinion, it is a film about the man's reaction to the inexplicable intruding into his orderly existence. It is all about people, not aliens. Each character has their own reaction to the strange. In fact, what we see is a "pilgrim's progress", with Walken fighting against various attempts (by others and by himself) to explain it away. It is a philosophical parable, saying that any explanation would be nothing but a mask over the truth, which cannot be expressed in words. As Walken says: "This cannot be it. I didn't come all this way for you to tell me that this is it."


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