The Believers

Overview

A police psychologist and his school-age son become embroiled in the machinations of a mysterious cult religion in this thriller from director John Schlesinger. After his wife is electrocuted in a freak accident, Dr. Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) and his son, Chris (Harley Cross), move back to Manhattan, where Cal went to school. When not spending time with his son and surrogate extended family -- husband-and-wife anthropologists Kate (Elizabeth Wilson) and Dennis Maslow (Lee Richardson) -- Cal settles into his new ...
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Overview

A police psychologist and his school-age son become embroiled in the machinations of a mysterious cult religion in this thriller from director John Schlesinger. After his wife is electrocuted in a freak accident, Dr. Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) and his son, Chris (Harley Cross), move back to Manhattan, where Cal went to school. When not spending time with his son and surrogate extended family -- husband-and-wife anthropologists Kate (Elizabeth Wilson) and Dennis Maslow (Lee Richardson) -- Cal settles into his new job and romances his landlady, Jessica Halliday (Helen Shaver). Soon, though, a series of brutal murders of young children begins to take over Cal's life. Through the ravings of policeman Tom Lopez (Jimmy Smits), who believes the killers have supernatural power over him after stealing his badge, Cal learns of Santeria, a voodoo-like Latin American sect that mixes elements of Christianity and pagan mysticism. Although the religion turns out to have ties to some of the richest men in the city and even Cal's well-meaning maid seems to be a practitioner, he can't get any straight answers as to whether the cult is responsible for the murders. But after a sinister African shaman (Malick Bowens) places a curse on Jessica, Cal finally begins to understand the danger that faces him -- and his son. The Believers was very loosely adapted from Nicholas Conde's 1982 novel The Religion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • UPC: 883904130383
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Sheen Dr. Cal Jamison
Helen Shaver Jessica Halliday
Robert Loggia Lt. Sean McTaggert
Jimmy Smits Tom Lopez
Harley Cross Chris Jamison
Elizabeth Wilson Kate Maslow
Harris Yulin Donald Calder
Lee Richardson Dennis Maslow
Richard Masur Marty Wertheimer
Carla Pinza Mrs. Ruiz
Juan Manuel Aguero News Vendor
Shirley Anthony Marty's Secretary
John Bendel Theater Detective
Malick Bowens Palo
Christopher Brown Carpenter
Dick Callahan Bartender
Philip Carey Calder's Assistant
Harvey Chao Chinese Couple
Robert Clohessy Diner Detective
Bob Clout Cigar Couple
Robert Connelly Precinct Detective
Raul Davila Sezine
Tony de Santis Precinct Detective
Ramsey Fadiman Mover
Gary Farmer Mover
Raymond Graham Lead Drummer
Janet-Laine Green Lisa
Nonnie Griffin Cigar Couple
Elizabeth Hanna Doctor At Hospital
Ed Jones Police Patient
Joan Kaye Woman In Park
Khali Keyi African Shaman
Maria Lebb Believer
Jennifer Lee Calder's Assistant
Maria Magdaleno Woman At Newstand
Dick Martinsen Diner Cop
Micki Moore Believer
Ray Paisley Customs Agent
Christine Pak Chinese Couple
Joe Pentangelo Theater Cop
Fernando Queija Believer
Ana Maria Quintana A.C.H.E. Secretary
Leroy Radcliffe Chief Dancer
Larry Ramos Diner Counterman
Frank Rivers Park Cop
Richard Spiegelman Believer
Joseph Wilkens Theater Cop
Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director, Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Vebe Borge Asst. Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
David A. Brody Consultant/advisor
Beverly J. Camhe Producer
Michael Childers Producer
Ross Clydesdale Casting
David Coatsworth Production Manager
Bob Connelly Consultant/advisor
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Day Sound Mixer
Monty Diamond Production Manager
Rick Forsayeth Stunts
Mark Frost Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Hayney Makeup
Simon Holland Production Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Donna Isaacson Casting
Shonagh Jabour Makeup
Dean Jeffries Stunts
John Kasarda Art Director
John Lyons Casting
Vic Magnotta Stunts
Tod A. Maitland Sound Mixer
Dwayne McLean Stunts
Edgard Mourino Stunts
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Carla Pinza Consultant/advisor
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Ted Ross Special Effects
Mickey Scott Makeup
Sandi Sissel Camera Operator
Roy Forge Smith Production Designer
Carol Spier Art Director
Nicholas Stevenson Sound Editor
Wilhelmina Taylor Choreography
Edward Teets Executive Producer, Production Manager
Ray Woodfork Stunts
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