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Dark Forces

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Trivia segment with "Katarina the Beautiful Klown"; Brand new 16x9 (2.35:1) widescreen master in HD from the original vault elements; Audio commentary with producer Tony Ginnane and director Simon Wincer; Isolated music only track; Original trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A deft variation on themes previously explored in The Omen and Rasputin, director Simon Wincer's fantastical, politically slanted thriller follows the mystery that unfolds when the terminally ill son of a prominent politician is miraculously saved by a mysterious faith healer who appears literally out of nowhere, and may just be the Devil incarnate. The story unfolds at a brisk, satisfying pace, starting out on a grim note and slowly pulling back to build the mystery as the viewer attempts to discern whether the mischievous new arrival at a prominent senator's mansion is simply a skillful charlatan or something far more sinister. Robert Powell is mesmerizing in the role of the flamboyant magician with a knack for dramatic entrances, and though David Hemmings and Carmen Duncan may not be at their strongest here, young Mark Spain makes a convincing transformation from near-death leukemia victim to precocious magician's protégé. Having previously penned such Aussie cult classics as Patrick and Long Weekend, screenwriter Everett De Roche once again displays his steady hand for storytelling that relies strongly on subtlety, and smartly allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions about the origins and motivations of the story's compelling central figure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • UPC: 851740003901
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Scorpion Records
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 35,566

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert M. Powell Gregory Wolfe
Carmen Duncan Sandra Rast
David Hemmings Nick Rast
Broderick Crawford Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell Mr. Porter
Mark Spain Alex Rast
Sean Myers Benny Lucas
John Frawley Dr. Lovelock
Alyson Best Alice
Peter West Godfrey
Jeremy Sims Young Boy on Raft
Technical Credits
Simon Wincer Director
Adrian Carr Editor
Everett de Roche Screenwriter
William Fayman Executive Producer
Antony I. Ginnane Producer
Gary Hansen Cinematographer
Bernard Hides Production Designer
Brian May Score Composer
Conrad Rothman Special Effects
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Scott Associate Producer
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer
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