The Medusa Touch (1978)





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In The Medusa Touch Brunel (Lino Ventura), a French detective on temporary assignment with Scotland Yard, investigates a mysterious series of disasters. The uncanny events begin happening shortly after writer John Morlar (Richard Burton) was hit over the head by an unknown intruder and rendered comatose. Slowly, Brunel begins to connect the strange things that are happening in the world with the deranged dreams of the comatose Morlar. He gets the final clue he needs from Morlar's reluctant psychiatrist, Dr. Zonfield (Lee Remick), who holds the key to Morlar's past. Once it is discovered that Morlar has the ability to think horrible thoughts and make them come true, Brunel and Zonfield must take off with dispatch to a London cathedral, where the Queen is scheduled to make an appearance -- but Morlar is thinking about the cathedral, and it is crumbling fast. Well-liked in Britain, this movie did not do well in the U.S. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Richard Burton
as John Morlar
Derek Jacobi
as Townley the Publisher
Robert Flemyng
as Judge McKinley
Gordon Jackson
as Dr.Johnson
Lee Remick
as Dr. Zonfield
Alan Badel
as Barrister
Mark Jones
as Sgt. Hughes
Harry Andrews
as Assistant Commissioner
Lino Ventura
as Insp. Brunel
Matthew Long
as Copilot
John Normington
as Schoolmaster
Robert Lang
as Pennington
Michael Hordern
as Atropos the Fortune Teller
Marie-Christine Barrault
as Patricia Morlar
Jeremy Brett
as Edward Parrish
Norman Bird
as Father
Ian Marter
as Detective in Street
George Innes
as Van Driver
Avril Elgar
as Mrs. Pennington
Stanley Lebor
as Police Doctor
Maurice O'Connell
as Sgt. Robbins
Earl Rhodes
as Parson
Brook Williams
as Male Nurse
Joseph Clark
as 14 Year Old Morlar
Denise Alexander
as Hospital Doctor
James Hazeldine
as Lovelass
John Flanagan
as Police Constable
Gordon Honeycombe
as TV Newscaster
Wendy Gifford
as Receptionist
Colin Rix
as Engineer
Victor Winding
as Senior Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Medusa Touch

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Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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October 11, 2005
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August 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Medusa Touch

Hogwash telepathy melodrama. Burton looks like hell and acts bored, Lee Remick looks great but her part is a waste of her time as the picture is a waste of yours.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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An underrated Sci-Fi jewel that is well directed and cast. This is a dark, powerful, haunting and intelligent psychological thriller.

John Me
John Me

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Absolute belter of a film. The plane crash sequence was brialliant for its time and Burtons acting was excellent.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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