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  • The Medusa Touch (1978)

    5.65/10

    PG | 1h 45min | Horror, Sci-Fi

    Published Sat., January 06, 2018

  • The Medusa Touch (1978) Release Dates

  • In Theaters: March 04, 2016

The Medusa Touch (1978) Plot & Synopsis

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Starring Michael Byrne, Harry Andrews, Philip Stone, Michael Hordern, Lee Remick

Directed by Jack Gold

Synopsis: Psychological thriller about a novelist, a telekinetic, who causes disasters simply by thinking about them.

Tagline: Richard Burton is the man with the medusa touch ... he has the power to create catastrophe.

Synopsis: John Morlar is watching the British television broadcast when an anchorman states that American astronauts are trapped in orbit around the moon. Suddenly someone in Morlar's room picks up a figurine and strikes him on the head repeatedly. His blood splatters the television screen. A French police inspector, Brunel, arrives at Morlar's apartment to begin an investigation. At first he thinks Morlar is dead, but soon he hears him breathe. At the hospital, Morlar is hooked up to life support systems, one machine in particular monitors the activity of his battered brain. Brunel discovers that Morlar has been in psychological analysis because of his history of being witness to many disasters, other people's disasters. Dr. Zonfeld, Morlar's analyst, explains that Morlar's delusions had begun when he was a child. He believed that he had caused a hated nanny's death. Morlar's childhood delusions were reinforced at a resort when he overheard his parents discussing him with disapproval. When his parents strolled on top of a cliff, Morlar watched as the family car suddenly pushed them off the cliff to their deaths. One evening, Brunel pores over the mysteries of Morlar's diary and through his scrapbook of disastrous events. Gradually, Brunel begins to develop an opinion of what Morlar was like and begins to wonder if he is chasing a murderer or a victim.

Tagline: Richard Burton is the man with the medusa touch ... he has the power to create catastrophe.

Storyline: Psychological thriller about a novelist, a telekinetic, who causes disasters simply by thinking about them.

  • The Medusa Touch (1978) Movie Details

  • Directors: Jack Gold
  • Writers: John Briley, Peter Van Greenaway
  • Cast: Michael Byrne, Harry Andrews, Philip Stone, Michael Hordern, Lee Remick, Maurice O'Connell, Derek Jacobi, Richard Burton, Stanley Lebor, Anthony Blackett, Earl Rhodes, Denyse Alexander, Lino Ventura, John Flanagan, Alan Badel, Cornelius Bowe, Marie-Christine Barrault, Adam Bridges, George Innes, Jeremy Brett, Gordon Jackson, Joseph Clark, Avril Elgar, Christopher Burgess, John Normington, Matthew Long, Robert Flemyng, Colin Rix, Malcolm Tierney, Jeremy Coote
  • Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
  • Producers: Anne V. Coates, Jack Gold, Denis Holt, Arnon Milchan
  • Musicians: Michael J. Lewis
  • Cinematographers: Arthur Ibbetson
  • Editors: Ian Crafford
  • Runtime: 105 min / 1h 45min
  • Year: 1978
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Oscars: 0
  • Awards: 0
  • Nominations: 0
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