Prophecy

Prophecy

Director: John Frankenheimer

Cast: John Frankenheimer, Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante

     
 

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This schlock horror classic from the 1970s is a product of the career ebb experienced by director John Frankenheimer. Robert Foxworth stars as Dr. Robert Verne, an inner-city physician renowned for his compassion and fairness. So he's asked by the EPA to mediate a dispute between Native American tribes and a polluting paper mill in isolated northern Maine. Accompanied… See more details below

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This schlock horror classic from the 1970s is a product of the career ebb experienced by director John Frankenheimer. Robert Foxworth stars as Dr. Robert Verne, an inner-city physician renowned for his compassion and fairness. So he's asked by the EPA to mediate a dispute between Native American tribes and a polluting paper mill in isolated northern Maine. Accompanied by his pregnant wife Maggie (Talia Shire), a classical musician, Robert journeys to the deep woods, where he meets the tribal leader, John Hawks (Armand Assante) and a representative of the mill, Mr. Isley (Richard Dysart). It turns out that the mill is indeed poisoning the local water supply with mercury, causing illness among tribe members and some mutated local wildlife. The Native Americans and the paper mill point fingers at each other for a rash of recent disappearances in the area, but Robert believes that something more ominous is responsible when he observes a huge salmon eat a duck. He's proved right when he encounters an enormous, mutated grizzly bear with a taste for human flesh. Unfortunately for Robert and Maggie, he has taken one of the creature's cubs back to camp, leading an angry mother bear to his tent flap.

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All Movie Guide
The summer of 1979 saw a glut of horror films at the American box office -- and sadly, Prophecy lies somewhere near the bottom of the barrel. The first problem is the script by David Seltzer: it has none of the forward momentum or gripping setpieces of his better-known work on The Omen. Those elements are replaced here with an endless barrage of heavy-handed messages about ecology, the mistreatment of American Indians, the evils of corporations, etc. and a lot of relationship-based drama between Talia Shire and Robert Foxworth that goes nowhere. The aforementioned leads struggle with the material but can't breathe life into their stale characterizations. The same goes for Armand Assante, who suffers the added indignity of being hilariously miscast as an American Indian. John Frankenheimer's direction doesn't help things: he is clearly out of his comfort zone here, doing competent but impersonal work with the dramatic scenes and treating the handful of monster-mash setpieces as if he was doing a parody of the genre (look out for an absurd scene where the monster attacks a camper who tries to hop away in a sleeping bag). It all culminates in an ineptly-staged battle royale that would make even the most patient Godzilla fans wince and a particularly ludicrous shock coda. In short, Prophecy is a self-important, totally misjudged dud that is for monster movie completists only.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929313839
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
18,510

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Talia Shire Maggie
Robert Foxworth Rob
Armand Assante Hawks
Richard Dysart Isley
Victoria Racimo Ramona
George Clutesi M'Rai
Tom McFadden Pilot
Mia Bendixsen Girl
Jim Burk Actor
Burke Byrnes Father
Everett Creach Kelso
Evans Evans Cellist
Charles H. Gray Sheriff
Graham Jarvis Actor
Lon Katzman Actor
Steve Shemayne Actor
Bob Terhune Actor
Johnny Timko Boy

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Thomas R. Burman Makeup Special Effects
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Robert Dawson Special Effects
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Tom Rolf Editor
Robert L. Rosen Producer
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
David Seltzer Screenwriter
William Craig Smith Production Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Ray Summers Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prophecy
1. Chapter 1 [7:41]
2. Chapter 2 [5:51]
3. Chapter 3 [1:18]
4. Chapter 4 [12:08]
5. Chapter 5 [2:31]
6. Chapter 6 [3:17]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [1:03]
9. Chapter 9 [11:58]
10. Chapter 10 [:57]
11. Chapter 11 [11:06]
12. Chapter 12 [2:37]
13. Chapter 13 [9:09]
14. Chapter 14 [1:02]
15. Chapter 15 [3:24]
16. Chapter 16 [:33]
17. Chapter 17 [8:29]
18. Chapter 18 [4:01]
19. Chapter 19 [1:55]
20. Chapter 20 [3:00]
21. Chapter 21 [:15]
22. Chapter 22 [:00]

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