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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martha Travis
... Walter Travis
... Gary Wallace
... Lloyd Harley
Ron Rosenthal ... Lieutenant Irving Weinberg
John Bennes ... Ted Silas
Linda Pierce ... Mary Kuron
... Tom Kuron
... Mrs. Adams
... Editor, Geoff McBain (as Ed L. Grady)
Jon Thompson ... Jack Callow
... Eva Callow
Darla N. Warner ... Shirley Harley
Christopher L. Gray ... Choirmaster
Lucy Williams ... Choirlady
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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 can see the killer's face. She knows the victim's name. The only thing she doesn't know ... is when the murder will take place. See more »

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5 December 1991 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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The title refers to Martha's visions of a rainbow that eventually turns black once she begins receiving visions that show her when people are going to die. See more »

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Martha Travis: Men lie with me, not to me!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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HE'S SO WONDERFUL
Lyrics by Barry Mason
Composed by Christopher L. Gray
Performed by Lucy Williams
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This was worth watching.
21 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The script is filled with a series of chilling twists which Hodges plays with an absolute and certain confidence - the eeriness as Arquette's first vision starts to come, and her agitation and attempts to cover as what she is performing turns to real; the second vision where she reels off a list of names of the dead trying to contact the living and said people still alive in the audience start standing up puzzled. Hodges' depiction of a seedy con-job slowly becoming darker is beautifully written. The imagery as Arquette's vistas of heavenly meadows and tranquil afterlife cliches start to change into impressions of cancers, empty lives and of people suffering is a stunning and powerful one. The final soliloquy Arquette gives, coming out to taunt the audience - how they want there to be an afterlife so they can confirm their own lives, how if there wasn't an afterlife and what they had was all that they were given, then wouldn't that make her a fake ? - is superbly written and utterly rivetting in delivery. Arquette's performance in the film is exceptional.


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