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Martin (1978)

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lincoln Maazel ...
Christine Forrest ...
Christina
Elyane Nadeau ...
Mrs. Santini
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Arthur
Sara Venable ...
Housewife Victim
Francine Middleton ...
Train Victim (as Fran Middleton)
Roger Caine ...
Lewis (as Al Levitsky)
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Father Howard
James Roy ...
Deacon
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ...
Father Zulemas
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Businessman
Donaldo Soviero ...
Priest (segment "Flashback")
Donna Siegel ...
Woman (as Donna Siegal)
Albert J. Schmaus ...
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Storyline

George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburg to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin's soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin's loneliness finds other means of release. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Drama | Horror

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5 July 1978 (France)  »

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$80,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$100,000 (USA) (31 December 1979)
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Trivia

The original cut of the film ran nearly 2 hours 45 minutes. See more »

Goofs

During the marching band scene, two men on the sidewalk dodge out of frame, one holding a boom mic. See more »

Quotes

Martin Madahas: For a long time, I didn't care if they'd kill me. Most people spend their lives worrying about dying. For a long time, I wished I would die, or I wish somebody would kill me. It's been a long time for me, a long time full of crazy people.
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One of the most underrated movies of all time!
3 June 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

George A. Romero will always be associated with his innovative and spectacular zombie trilogy ('Night Of The Living Dead', 'Dawn Of The Dead' and 'Day Of The Dead', all classics). Dig deeper and you will find he has made several less discussed but worthy movies, including this one, quite possibly the best movie he has ever made.

'Martin' manages to be both a disturbing psychological drama and a genuine horror movie at the same time. It is complex and mult-layered enough to be read in more than one way. It's up to you, the viewer, to decide whether Martin (John Amplas, in an impressive debut) really is the vampire he claims to be or is simply deluded. It's a pity that this movie slips through the cracks. Hard core horror nuts often undervalue it because it isn't what they expect from the genre, and movie buffs who can appreciate downbeat 70s classics like Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', and Toback's 'Fingers', will dismiss it as "just another horror movie", not realizing just how much it has in common with the aforementioned. Too bad. 'Martin' is a real gem, and highly recommended. I think it's absolutely brilliant, and a classic.


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