Communion

Overview

Adapted by Whitley Strieber from his book about his alleged contacts with aliens, Communion dramatizes a story all the more compelling for the author's insistence that it is true, complemented by Christopher Walken's enigmatic performance as Strieber. The film begins in October 1985, as Strieber is living in New York City with his wife Anne (Lindsay Crouse) and son Andrew (Joel Carlson). He is hunting for new book ideas without making much headway. He spends his days pacing around his apartment, thinking out loud...
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Overview

Adapted by Whitley Strieber from his book about his alleged contacts with aliens, Communion dramatizes a story all the more compelling for the author's insistence that it is true, complemented by Christopher Walken's enigmatic performance as Strieber. The film begins in October 1985, as Strieber is living in New York City with his wife Anne (Lindsay Crouse) and son Andrew (Joel Carlson). He is hunting for new book ideas without making much headway. He spends his days pacing around his apartment, thinking out loud or videotaping himself as he improvises bits of dialogue. It is soon decided that a vacation is in order, so, with their friends Alex (Andreas Katsulas) and Sara (Terri Hanauer), the Striebers head for their cabin in Upstate New York. In the middle of the night, an illumination descends on the cabin and surrounding forest, causing Strieber to wake up abruptly. In the semi-darkness of the cabin, he is able to make out a long face with narrow, tear-shaped eyes quietly observing him from a corner of the room. The next morning, he has forgotten -- or been made to forget -- the whole experience. He even shrugs off Alex's and Sarah's concern about "seeing lights" outside their bedroom window, claiming to have slept through the event. Back in New York, it becomes evident to Strieber and his family that something unusual did happen. He begins to have powerful hallucinations, and, after an inconclusive medical examination, he is encouraged by his wife to seek professional help from psychiatrist Janet Duffy (Frances Sternhagen). During hypnotic regression therapy, Strieber's lifelong contact with the "visitors" is brought to light, as well as the details of his more recent encounters. Still unable to accept these revelations, he returns to the cabin alone and finally communicates with the visitors, discovering that, although they are unable to reveal their true identity, their purpose may be to act as agents of personal transformation for himself and for others. An interesting and uneven film, Communion is bolstered considerably by Christopher Walken, whose role in the film, though appropriate for the subject matter, quickly transforms into a thesis on his own eccentricities as an actor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 794043462337
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Walken Whitley Strieber
Lindsay Crouse Anne Strieber
Joel Carlson Andrew Strieber
Frances Sternhagen Dr. Janet Duffy
Andreas Katsulas Alex
Terri Hanauer Sara
Basil Hoffman Dr. Friedman
Diane Behrens
Madeleine Mora Baby Girl
John Dennis Johnston Fireman
Dee Dee Rescher Mrs. Greenberg
Aileen Fitzpatrick Mother
R.J. Miller Father
Holly Fields Praying Mantis Girl
Paula Shaw Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorcey Second-grade Girl
Joshua Miller Tall Boy
Kate Stern Woman on Bus
Johnny Dark Lab Technician
Andrew Magarian Man in Hallway
Paul Clemens Patrick
Maggie Egan Nancy
Irene Forrest Sally
Sally Kemp Laurie
Vince McKewin Bob
Technical Credits
Philippe Mora Director, Co-producer
Dan Allingham Co-producer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Malissa Daniel Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Frakes Special Effects
Hal Hilnes Animator
Louis Irving Cinematographer
Jim MacPherson Special Effects
Michael McCracken Special Effects
Linda Pearl Production Designer
Penny Perry Casting
Paul Redshaw Executive Producer
Dena Roth Art Director
Edward Simons Co-producer
Lee Smith Editor
Paul Stewart Special Effects
Richard Strieber Associate Producer
Whitley Strieber Co-producer, Screenwriter
Pamela Westmore Makeup
Allan Zavod Score Composer
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