Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician) (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician) (1980)





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Harlequin is directed by Simon Wincer and tells a tale with echoes in 20th-century Russian history. Nick and Sandra Rast (David Hemmings and Carmen Duncan) have a little boy, Alex (Mark Spain), who is suffering from leukemia. Like normal parents they will do anything to help their son, especially Sandra. So when Gregory Wolfe (Robert Powell) comes along with his faith-healing techniques to treat Alex, Sandra is particularly impressed. What complicates matters is that Alex's father Nick will soon be running the government and his career depends a lot on Doc Wheelan (Broderick Crawford), his mentor. Trouble starts when Wheelan cannot abide the faith healer, causing the mysterious Wolfe to react in a most unexpected way. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Robert Powell
as Gregory Wolfe
Carmen Duncan
as Sandra Rast
David Hemmings
as Nick Rast
Broderick Crawford
as Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio
as Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell
as Mr. Porter
Mark Spain
as Alex Rast
Sean Myers
as Benny Lucas
John Frawley
as Dr. Lovelock
Peter West
as Godfrey
Jeremy Sims
as Young Boy on Raft
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Critic Reviews for Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician)

All Critics (3)

This horror film has a high-quality, professional feel but somehow lacks tension or any emotional connection.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Quaintly entertaining little horror chestnut...if you're into old-fashioned Rasputin-lite rehashes and late 70's decor.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Monsters At Play

Audience Reviews for Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician)

An enchanting fantastical mystery movie, I didn't even mind that I was still confused in the end, the movie was cool anyway. Check it out.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

An interesting fantasy and mystery movie, but I'm still not quite sure exactly what the dark force behind everything was supposed to be. Even so, I found the movie captivating.

Lisa Spader
Lisa Spader

In trying to inject some genuine drama into the proceedings, the director only comes off looking silly for taking this nonsense so seriously.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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