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The Visitor (1979)

Stridulum (original title)
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The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.

Director:

Giulio Paradisi (as Michael J. Paradise)

Writers:

Luciano Comici (screenplay) (as Lou Comici), Robert Mundi (screenplay) (as Robert Mundy) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Ferrer ... Dr. Walker
Glenn Ford ... Det. Jake Durham
Lance Henriksen ... Raymond Armstead
John Huston ... Jerzy Colsowicz
Joanne Nail ... Barbara Collins
Sam Peckinpah ... Dr. Sam Collins
Shelley Winters ... Jane Phillips
Paige Conner ... Katy Collins
Ja Townsend Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey Jack Dorsey
Joe Dorsey ... Sheriff Paul Townsend (as Jack Dorsey)
Johnny Popwell Johnny Popwell ... AAA Mechanic
Wallace Wilkinson ... Police Captain
Steve Somers Steve Somers ... Himself - Sportscaster
Lou Walker ... AAA Mechanic
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Storyline

John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced... somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space. Written by DrafthouseFilms

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They know we are here...

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Visitor See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Peckinpah had trouble remembering his lines. Because of Peckinpah's difficulty with his dialogue, his voice was dubbed by another actor. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara is being pulled along the ground a wheel and part of a small skateboard is visible underneath her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jesus Christ: Once, far away... light years... distances beyond thought, a great slender ship with a tail of fire slid through the black reaches of space. On that ship was Sateen - a prisoner named Sateen. Words cannot describe his evil, his criminality. He had been captured by Commander Yahweh after decades of search and evasion, in a blood-drenched battle that claimed hundreds of lives. But shortly thereafter, Sateen escaped in a tiny scout craft, a fantastic escape from that spaceship. And ...
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Alternate Versions

"The Visitor" was released on DVD by independent distributor Code Red in November 2010. It was the first time the film had been presented in its uncut form in the United States. See more »

Connections

Featured in Videofobia: El visitante del más allá (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Shortnin' Bread
(uncredited)
By James Whitcomb Riley
Performed by Shelley Winters
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Incompetent nonsense with well-known cast.
17 April 2008 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Kathy Collins is no ordinary eight year old girl.Indeed,she is unique,carrying within her the power of Sateen,an inter-spacial force of immense magnitude.Katy's primary mission on Earth is to carry these genes forward,a task accomplished by convincing her mother Barbara to bear a similarly endowed male child with whom Kathy would eventually mate."The Visitor" makes no sense.It plays like insane mix of such occult films as "Rosemary's Baby","The Exorcist" and "The Omen" but also a tribute to such sci-fi classics as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".There are so many disconnected plot elements for example aliens wandering through the desert,giant green clouds billowing up from nowhere or the sky turning the color of blood,but the action is fast paced and some surreal images are quite psychedelic.6 out of 10.


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