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Prophecy (1979)





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This schlock horror classic from the 1970s is a product of the career ebb experienced by director John Frankenheimer. Robert Foxworth stars as Dr. Robert Verne, an inner-city physician renowned for his compassion and fairness. So he's asked by the EPA to mediate a dispute between Native American tribes and a polluting paper mill in isolated northern Maine. Accompanied by his pregnant wife Maggie (Talia Shire), a classical musician, Robert journeys to the deep woods, where he meets the tribal leader, John Hawks (Armand Assante) and a representative of the mill, Mr. Isley (Richard Dysart). It turns out that the mill is indeed poisoning the local water supply with mercury, causing illness among tribe members and some mutated local wildlife. The Native Americans and the paper mill point fingers at each other for a rash of recent disappearances in the area, but Robert believes that something more ominous is responsible when he observes a huge salmon eat a duck. He's proved right when he encounters an enormous, mutated grizzly bear with a taste for human flesh. Unfortunately for Robert and Maggie, he has taken one of the creature's cubs back to camp, leading an angry mother bear to his tent flap.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: David Seltzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
Paramount Pictures


Armand Assante
as John Hawks
Evans Evans
as Cellist
Lyvingston Holms
as Black Woman
Graham Jarvis
as Shusette
Jim Burk
as Rescuer
Bob Terhune
as Rescuer
Lon Katzman
as Rescuer
Jaye Durkus
as Sheriff's Deputy
Renato Moore
as Tenement Boy
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Critic Reviews for Prophecy

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Too bad the ambitious pic was so poorly made and also so lacking in entertainment value, because there's a good sci-fi story here if done right.

Full Review… | December 31, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Truly a guilty pleasure! When your radioactive grizzly bear looks like someone poured a strawberry sundae on its head, you know you're in for a good time!

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

I predicted this flick would be so bad it's good. I was wrong.

Full Review… | January 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for Prophecy


The first 60 minutes is totally unnecessary. After the hour mark Man Bear Pig shows up and then movie is surprisingly fun. The sleeping bag kill is awesome.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


It's not a complete failure...but it's pretty close. Cheesy acting, cliched plot and a script that even I could write better, Prophecy is deserving of its obscurity.

The gooey mutant bear is pretty hip though, and that scene where it bitch-slaps the boy in the sleeping bag is amazing.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer


Much better than others would have you believe! This eco-monster movie is much better with drama and characters than almost any other monster movie you can think of. It is involving and especially suspenseful when the monster lets loose in the end! Frankenheimer supposedly did this to get out of his Paramount contract, but does a great job. And, David Seltzer of "The Omen," provides a good script!

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