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Communion (1989)

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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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On December 26th, 1985, Whitley Strieber had a dream. Weeks later, he discovered his family had the same dream. Months later, he made the most shocking discovery of his life. Now, you will discover it. 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

An Alien Abductee Network was established in the UK in 2015. 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

Whitley Strieber: It's been an Ice Age. I've missed you. The old Ball and Chain.
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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

Edited into Encounters of the Fourth Kind (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
Written by Irving Berlin
(c) Irving Berling Music Corporation
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aftermath of a life altering experience
25 January 2007 | by CarsonTrentSee all my reviews

Whitley suddenly finds himself in an alien world, where once he tells his abduction story, he becomes subject of, strangely enough, his own ridicule, but also public skepticism. When his mind tells him something even his own, never mind outsiders, own logic rejects, he truly finds himself inside an alien nightmare of a reality. But this is the moment he has his "communion", when he changes as a person. The symbolism is powerful in this movie, suggesting that it's not what is obvious, but that there is a hidden meaning behind a life-altering experience.

From a creative point of view, a story like this might be quite appealing, and regarded as extravagant, but how would we cope with somebody claiming to have lived such things? Or more, with our own minds telling us? And how are these things going to affect us? Are they going to derail us from our current paths, change our perception, or are we going to regard them as oddities beyond our grasp and understanding? There is a moment where Whitley says that they are all masks of God, perfectly underlining the fact that the strangest thing can actually be just a bit outside our roam of understanding, but still within some common frame of cosmic alignment. It's up to us weather we accept or reject it.

Much of the movie is Walken's merit, because his performance compensates the lack of elaborate special effects and there are some occasions where his facial expression is enough to make your skin crawl.


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