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A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

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Simon Wincer

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Everett De Roche (original screenplay), Jon George (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Gregory Wolfe
David Hemmings ... Nick Rast
Carmen Duncan ... Sandra Rast
Broderick Crawford ... Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio ... Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Mr. Porter
Mark Spain Mark Spain ... Alex Rast
Alyson Best ... Alice
Sean Myers Sean Myers ... Benny Lucas
Mary Simpson Mary Simpson ... Zoe Cayce
Bevan Lee Bevan Lee ... Mr. Robinson
Neville Teede Neville Teede ... Dr. Barthelemy
Mary Mackay Mary Mackay ... Miss Edith Twist
John Frawley John Frawley ... Dr. Lovelock
Nita Pannell Nita Pannell ... Mabel Wheelan
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A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the enigmatic stranger who mysteriously comes to "visit" him. Possessing uncanny magical prowess and miraculous psychic abilities, the peculiar, but seemingly benevolent, visitor quickly gains a spell-binding hold over the senator and his family. But a power-lusting political backer is also vying for control over the up-and-coming senator. And he would kill the influential stranger, without question, for that power. But he and the senator are about to be enlightened. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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Can anyone survive? [USA ; Title as Dark Forces] See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Forces See more »

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Budget:

AUD850,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Then child actor Mark Spain had his head shaved for scenes in this movie where he is seen bald. Spain was not wearing a skin cap for these scenes. See more »

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Shades of the Romanov.
11 April 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Intriguing supernatural thriller which keeps -at least till its last sequences -special effects to the minimum and mainly relies on Robert Powell's fascinating presence -whatever you think of Zephirelli's work,you cannot deny he was perhaps the best Jesus on the screen- and the rest of the cast follows suit.Actually the little boy's and Powell's relationship reminds me more of that of Damien and his sinister nanny in "the omen" (see their power on animals) than Rasputin and the czar's son.But Sandra 's behavior is Alexandra's under Grigori the monk's spell.And their surname,"Rast" is "tsar" backwards!

Rasputin's motives were mysterious ,and he moved in a political world where his influence was huge when it came to ruling the country .Wolf's reasons why constantly elude the viewer's perception,and it justifies the hints at comedia della arte and Harlequin :like Rasputin ,he tried to open his master's eyes.

Rasputin's death has remained even today wrapped in mystery :poison (but documents were found which would tend to prove poison was not efficient and that the killers -Iusupov and Dimitri- were amateurs.) then the gun (four shots in the back),but when they found the dead body in the frozen river,they had to admit he did not die of his wounds.Hence the conclusion of the movie which would pass for another "Friday the 13th" rip-off ,if history were not here.

But connections with "the omen" remain:Powell trying to enlighten the senator is not unlike the priest trying to persuade Peck his son was evil;both movies take place in the political world.And the last pictures of the two movies are very similar.

Watch it:although by no means a masterpiece,it's above average and would deserve a better rating.


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