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Harlequin (1980)

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

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Simon Wincer

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Everett De Roche (original screenplay), Jon George (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Gregory Wolfe
David Hemmings ... Nick Rast
Carmen Duncan ... Sandra Rast
Broderick Crawford ... Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio ... Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Mr. Porter
Mark Spain Mark Spain ... Alex Rast
Alyson Best ... Alice
Sean Myers Sean Myers ... Benny Lucas
Mary Simpson Mary Simpson ... Zoe Cayce
Bevan Lee Bevan Lee ... Mr. Robinson
Neville Teede Neville Teede ... Dr. Barthelemy
Mary Mackay Mary Mackay ... Miss Edith Twist
John Frawley John Frawley ... Dr. Lovelock
Nita Pannell Nita Pannell ... Mabel Wheelan
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Storyline

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the enigmatic stranger who mysteriously comes to "visit" him. Possessing uncanny magical prowess and miraculous psychic abilities, the peculiar, but seemingly benevolent, visitor quickly gains a spell-binding hold over the senator and his family. But a power-lusting political backer is also vying for control over the up-and-coming senator. And he would kill the influential stranger, without question, for that power. But he and the senator are about to be enlightened. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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Can anyone survive? [USA ; Title as Dark Forces] See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Forces See more »

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Budget:

AUD 850,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Rast family in this movie are named after the last Romanov family of the House of Romanov, the last imperial dynasty of Russia. The Rast surname is Tsar spelled backwards. Nick Rast (David Hemmings) is named after Czar Nicholas II (Nikolay II, Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov). His wife, Sandra Rast (Carmen Duncan), is named after the spouse of Nicholas II, Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov (Alix of Hesse aka Victoria Alix Helena Louise Beatrice). Their son, Alex Rast (Mark Spain is named after their heir apparent, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. Alas, the names Nick, Sandra and Alex substitute for Nicholas, Alexandra and Alexei respectively. See more »

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Superb !
2 January 2003 | by ichobodcraneSee all my reviews

I saw this film in my youth and after years of searching for it, finally taped it off the telly. Robert Powel is exceptional as the title character as is David Hemmings as the senator. There are a few films out there that can just bewitch you as you're watching them, The Wickerman being the best example, but this one comes very close. If you see this little gem airing on your TV in the wee small hours I urge you to tape it.


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