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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician ... See full summary »

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Robert Guenette

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Robert Guenette (screenplay), Alan Hopgood (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Narrator
Philip L. Clarke Philip L. Clarke ... Nostradamus (voice)
Ray Laska ... The Warlord
Bob Ruggiero Bob Ruggiero ... French Soldiers
Roy Edmunds Roy Edmunds ... French Soldiers (as Roy Edmonds)
Ray Chubb Ray Chubb ... French Soldiers
Richard Butler Richard Butler ... Nostradamus
Jason Nesmith ... Nostradamus, as a Child
Howard Ackerman Howard Ackerman ... Nostradamus, as a Youth
Brass Adams Brass Adams ... The Grandfather
Terry Clotiaux Terry Clotiaux ... Nostradamus' Father
David Burke ... The Friar
Bob Bigelow Bob Bigelow ... The Dinner Host
Marji Martin ... The Maid
Thor Nielsen Thor Nielsen ... The Cook
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Storyline

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician Nostradamus actually predict such events as the fall of King Louis XVI and the French Revolution, the rises of Napoleon and Hitler, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? And are there prophecies that have yet to come true? Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki tudta a jövőt See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The Battle of Waterloo is represented by scenes taken from Waterloo (1970), in which the narrator / host Orson Welles played King Louis XVIII of France. See more »

Goofs

The movie opens with a text that refers to "the preceding film" which should be at the end. See more »

Quotes

Presenter: [following World War III] After a peace for a thousand years, Nostradamus tells us next to nothing. He does, however, tell us in what year the world will finally come to an end - the year 3797.
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Alternate Versions

In 1991, NBC Television broadcast a truncated version of "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow". The broadcast was hosted in video segments by Charlton Heston (eliminating or re-recording the bulk of Orson Welles's narration). The film was updated to include examination of verses which may relate to the famine situation in Ethiopia (1984-85), the recent earthquakes in California (1988-89), and Sadam Hussein (1990-91). See more »

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Features War and Peace (1956) See more »

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Dated but entertaining.
2 November 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Of course this documentary is now viewed with a certain amount of hilarity. However when it came out in 1980 it was received quite well. Chock full of stock footage from David L. Wolper past productions it tells the tale of the legendary Nostradamus and his predictions of the future. The tale of the three anti Christ make up a bulk of the film. The third (and yet still unknown) is the mysterious Blue Turbaned man from the middle east who will cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war in the 90's. The film is entertaining in it's own little way even though it is now obviously riddled with predictions that didn't happen. Then again who knows maybe the dates of the predictions are wrong. Orson Welles adds his special touch


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