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Black Rainbow (1989)

A young female medium on tour sees a hitman killing a whistleblower in her vision. The killer finds out about this and plans to kill her as well. The skeptical police, her manager father and a curious journalist try to protect her.

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Mike Hodges

Writer:

Mike Hodges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Arquette ... Martha Travis
Jason Robards ... Walter Travis
Tom Hulce ... Gary Wallace
Mark Joy ... Lloyd Harley
Ron Rosenthal Ron Rosenthal ... Lieutenant Irving Weinberg
John Bennes John Bennes ... Ted Silas
Linda Pierce Linda Pierce ... Mary Kuron
Olek Krupa ... Tom Kuron
Marty Terry ... Mrs. Adams
Ed Grady ... Editor, Geoff McBain (as Ed L. Grady)
Jon Thompson Jon Thompson ... Jack Callow
Helen Baldwin ... Eva Callow
Darla N. Warner Darla N. Warner ... Shirley Harley
Christopher L. Gray Christopher L. Gray ... Choirmaster
Lucy Williams Lucy Williams ... Choirlady
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Storyline

Martha Travis is a medium who makes contact with spirits "on the other side" and connects them with their loved ones still alive, in public performances. Trouble begins when she gives a message to Mary Kuron from her husband, Tom. But Tom isn't dead - yet. And Martha not only knows he will die, she also knows who killed him. And the murderer knows she knows. Her exploitative elderly alcoholic father and manager, Walter Travis, and Gary Wallace, a skeptical investigative reporter fascinated by the story who eventually falls for Martha, try to protect her, and so does the skeptical police - or do they. Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval.kfir@Indigo.co.il>

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She has just witnessed a murder that hasn't happened yet. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arco Iris Negro See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Over the years, the film had many special projections and competed in various international film festivals. In Spain, the film won Best Screenplay award at the 22nd Sitges Fantasy Film Festival, as well as Best Picture and Best Actress awards at the international film festival in Oporto, Portugal. See more »

Quotes

Martha Travis: Men lie with me, not to me!
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Connections

Features White Heat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

HE'S SO WONDERFUL
Lyrics by Barry Mason
Composed by Christopher L. Gray
Performed by Lucy Williams
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Nice low-budget thriller
21 February 1999 | by ric-29See all my reviews

Black Rainbow is a low-budget mystery with supernatural overtones, a rare genre that I'm particularly fond of. The sound and the picture quality on the print I saw was not great but was certainly watchable. I really enjoyed the premise: a fake psychic starts actually prophesizing people's deaths -- both the why and how -- which makes her a target for a hit man. Arquette is pretty good in the role -- kind of a mystical and ethereal nymphomaniac and Robards is great as always. The plot meanders a bit and sometimes gets a little slow, but I still enjoyed it. The ending didn't really make a lot of sense to me -- maybe I missed something earlier in the movie -- but I was surprised by this ending and liked it even if though it didn't seem to be supported by the rest of the movie.


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