Touch (1997)




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An L.A. mechanic and a Vietnamese-American manicurist forge an unlikely friendship that begins to blossom into something much deeper in this intimate independent drama. Brendan is a mechanic whose marriage is on the rocks. Desperate to make his wife feel loved again, he confides his troubles in Tam during sessions to clean his oil-stained hands. With Tam's help, Brendan soon begins sweeping his wife off her feet again for the first time in years. Meanwhile, the growing attraction between Brendan and Tam threatens to destroy the marriage he's worked so hard to repair. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Bridget Fonda
as Lynn Faulkner
Skeet Ulrich
as Juvenal
Tom Arnold
as August Murray
Gina Gershon
as Debra Lusanne
Janeane Garofalo
as Kathy Worthington
Lolita Davidovich
as Antoinette Baker
John Doe
as Elwin Worrel
Conchata Ferrell
as Virginia Worrel
Mason Adams
as Father Nestor
Breckin Meyer
as Greg Czarnicki
Anthony Zerbe
as Father Donahue
LL Cool J
as Himself
Chris Hogan
as Scruffy Staff Worker
William Newman
as Court Clerk
Matt O'Toole
as Bailiff
Tamlyn Tomita
as Prosecutor
Don Novello
as Father Navaroli
O-Lan Jones
as Bib Overalls
Brent Hinkley
as Arnold
Diana Georger
as Song Leader
Theo Greenly
as Richie Baker
Richard Coe
as Roman Governor
Julie Condra
as Shelly
John Gay
as Palsied Man
Missy Hargraves
as Waitress
Casey Gray
as Stripper
Dennis Burkley
as Hillbilly
John Ruby
as Brendan
My Lan
as Bich
Long Nguyen
as Father
Hiep Thi Le
as Mother
John Ruby
as Brendan
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Critic Reviews for Touch

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May 20, 2003
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Touch


Touch (1997) I'm a big fan of Elmore Leonard's books and heard that they made Touch into a made-for-cable movie in 1997. Where most Elmore Leonard books are caper, or cop stories, this one is slightly different. The director, Paul Schrader has an interesting religious bent, having done Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ, so you know it's going to have an interesting bent in this movie. Bill Hill (Christopher Walken) is an X-Evangelist (now selling travel trailers) who is finding out about this mysterious guy Juvenal (Skeet Ulrich) who is a young defrocked monk, who now works at an alcohol detox center. Juvenal can heal people by just touching them. Bill has been trying to interview Juvenal, but keeps getting the run-around by everyone at the center. He has a friend, Lynn Faulkner (Bridget Fonda) go in to try to find out more about him. Could this Juvenal guy be for real? There's also this radical religious nut, August Murray (Tom Arnold) who wants to bring back latin masses to the Catholic Church and with Bill Hill's help, is trying to cash in on Juvenal's healing powers.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

Begins with an interesting premise, that an ex-monk has the power to heal, but degenerates into a passel of cliches injected, it seems, simply to finish the work, as if the director took a more important call mid-interview. You will cease to care as well although Tom Arnold heroically behaves throughout as if there were still a film to save.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Tried to write a review and failed so I'll stick with my thoughts while watching the film: "This is exactly the film you'd get if Tarantino brought the rights to The Green Mile."

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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