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Touch (1997)

At the discovery of his ability to work miracles, Juvenal becomes a media sensation, but now he's prone to those who want to exploit him.


Paul Schrader


Elmore Leonard (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
LL Cool J ... LL Cool J
Gina Gershon ... Debra Lusanne
Conchata Ferrell ... Virginia Worrel
John Doe ... Elwin Worrel
Christopher Walken ... Bill Hill
Skeet Ulrich ... Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
María Celedonio ... Alisha (as Maria Celedonio)
Chris Hogan ... Scruffy Staff Worker
Anthony Zerbe ... Father Donahue
Bridget Fonda ... Lynn Faulkner
William Newman ... Court Clerk
Tom Arnold ... August Murray
Breckin Meyer ... Greg Czarnicki
Matt O'Toole ... Bailiff
Richard Fancy ... Judge


When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing relationship between Juvenal and Lynn Faulkner. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Everyone wants a piece of the action See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Skeet Ulrich went right to filming Scream after completion of this film. See more »


Lynn Marie Faulkner: [why Brother Juvenal left the Franciscan Order] I don't know, maybe something about it irritated him, like Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story.
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Remembering Jobim
Written by Joey Altruda (as Joey Altruda)
Performed by Joey Altruda
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By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Director Schrader gets the most out of great ensemble acting
2 May 2003 | by pyamadaSee all my reviews

Paul Schrader can be very erratic as a director. I think Affliction is his best film, by far, and this movie and Blue Collar are his next best. That said, you cannot be immune to the basic conceit and find it provocative, much less enjoyable. If you can accept that the Skeet Ulrich character may have St. Francis like qualities, and can really heal sick and handicapped people, Touch is a wonderful film. Christopher Walken (as always) is excellent as the ambitions and unseemly tent-show preacher, hell bent on making a fortune from the "healer-man"; and the others in the cast, Bridget Fonda, Anthony Zerbe and Tom Arnold especially, are excellent, too. Arnold, in particular, brings an amazing zeal and perfect, inadvertent humour to his portrayal of a slightly militarist, born again, religious fanatic. Certainly the movie raises more questions than it answers, and it is not quite as spiritually provocative or deep as Bigas Luna's Renacer, but it is certainly well worth watching.

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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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California, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$195,236, 17 February 1997

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