Impulse

Impulse

Director: Graham Baker

Cast: Graham Baker, Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn

     
 

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Bad behavior turns deadly in this science-fiction drama. Jennifer (Meg Tilly) is a woman who grew up in the small town of Sutcliffe, which much of her family still calls home. One day, Sutcliffe is hit with a minor earthquake, which doesn't appear to do much damage, but a strange and disquieting turn in the city's collective behavior soon becomes apparent. Jennifer…  See more details below

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Bad behavior turns deadly in this science-fiction drama. Jennifer (Meg Tilly) is a woman who grew up in the small town of Sutcliffe, which much of her family still calls home. One day, Sutcliffe is hit with a minor earthquake, which doesn't appear to do much damage, but a strange and disquieting turn in the city's collective behavior soon becomes apparent. Jennifer receives a phone call from her mother (Lorinne Vozoff), but while they've always had a cordial relationship, her mother loudly and hysterically berates her, and the call comes to a disturbing conclusion when her mother shoots herself. Jennifer and her husband Stuart (Tim Matheson) rush to Sutcliffe to discover that her mother is seriously injured by still alive. However, it seems as if all boundaries of civility and etiquette have broken down, as violence, crime, and rabid anger rule the usually quiet streets of Sutcliffe. It seems that the earthquake caused the town's milk supply to be contaminated by toxic waste which has an unusual psychoactive effect -- it makes it impossible for people to resist the common anti-social impulses that all people have, but most keep closely in check. Hume Cronyn plays the town's doctor; Bill Paxton, Claude Earl Jones, and Amy Stryker also appear.

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This slow-burning thriller with science-fiction and horror overtones is compelling in its own creepy way. Impulse is effective because it doesn't rush viewers into shock situations or overload them with melodrama. Instead, it allows an underlying madness to slowly creep into the storyline, taking the situation (and the characters) apart from the inside. Even the revelation of what is causing the town's strange incident unfurls in a quiet manner that is all the more haunting for its matter-of-fact approach. Graham Baker's direction gives the story the understated approach it requires but also shows directorial flair when the events require it -- a great example is a setpiece with a car trapped in a flaming garage. He also gets strong performances from his cast: Tim Matheson is sympathetic even when madness is overtaking him, Meg Tilly makes a likeable and appealingly unconventional leading lady and Hume Cronyn is chilling as a doctor who quietly becomes a killer. To sum up, Impulse is an interesting little sleeper that is worthy of rediscovery for anyone who can appreciate a left-of-center approach to the thriller genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0027616896582
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; English: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Matheson Stuart
Meg Tilly Jennifer
Hume Cronyn Dr. Carr
John Karlen Bob Russell
Bill Paxton Eddie
Amy Stryker Margo
Claude Earl Jones Sheriff
Charles Dorsett Reverend
Thomas J. Sauber Band Leader
Robert Wightman Howard
Lorinne Vozoff Mrs. Russell
Peter Jason Man in Truck
Abigail Booraem Mrs. Ashley
Mary Celio Mary Woodson
Jack T. Collis Mr. Anson
Christian Crane Shawn
Holgie Forrester Teller
Chris Giannini Jimmy
Allan Graf Deputy
Anne Haney Mrs. Piersall
Gary Kirk Plant Manager
Bernie Kuby Mr. Bidemeyer
Sheri Stoner Young Girl
Hugo L. Stanger Old Geraer

Technical Credits
Graham Baker Director
Beau Marks Asst. Director
Paul Chihara Score Composer
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Bart Davis Screenwriter
Jim Duffy Set Decoration/Design
Don Carlos Dunaway Screenwriter
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
David Holden Editor
Henry M. Lebo Camera Operator
Deborah Lucchessi Casting
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Rick Sharp Makeup
Tim Zinnemann Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/ Tremors [:10]
2. Old Homesteads [7:03]
3. There's No Telling [5:39]
4. Town Criers [5:52]
5. Seeing Things [5:59]
6. Bedside Manners [6:12]
7. Little Devils [6:02]
8. The Forsaken One [6:31]
9. Completely Mad [2:53]
10. Over the Edge [3:07]
11. Getting Closer [2:56]
12. Lights Out [4:50]
13. Turning Point [6:07]
14. Poison Control [6:50]
15. The Lone Plane [9:47]
16. Dearly Departed/ Credits [6:26]

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