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Impulse (1984)

After a small earthquake in a tiny, quiet town, local citizens start to exhibit bizarre, violent and self-destructive behaviour.

Director:

Graham Baker

Writers:

Nicholas Kazan (as Bart Davis), Don Carlos Dunaway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Stuart
Meg Tilly ... Jennifer
Hume Cronyn ... Dr. Carr
John Karlen ... Bob Russell
Bill Paxton ... Eddie
Amy Stryker ... Margo
Claude Earl Jones ... Sheriff
Robert Wightman ... Howard
Lorinne Vozoff Lorinne Vozoff ... Mrs. Russell
Peter Jason ... Man in Truck
Adam Baumgarten Adam Baumgarten ... Boy with Danny
Abigail Booraem Abigail Booraem ... Mrs. Ashley
Leonard Burns Leonard Burns ... Pissing Man
Mary Celio Mary Celio ... Mary Woodson
Jack T. Collis Jack T. Collis ... Mr. Arson
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After a small earthquake in a tiny, quiet town, local citizens start to exhibit bizarre, violent and self-destructive behaviour.

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Imagine what would happen if every desire, every urge, every passion, locked deep inside all of us ...suddenly exploded. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impulse - Stadt der Gewalt See more »

Filming Locations:

Lincoln, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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ABC Motion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Leonard Maltin gave it 1 1/2 stars, describing it as a "Plodding reverse variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - here everyone exhibits too much emotion." See more »

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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

BEFORE THE NEXT TEARDROP FALLS
Written by Vivian Keith and Ben Peters
Performed by Loretta Lynn
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Good things and bad things
16 November 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This is a kind of a mixed review. First, I'll get to the stuff that I liked about "Impulse". The movie doesn't try to do too much right away, instead attempting to slowly build a sense of terror. The protagonists are less stupid than what you usually get in a movie like this, figuring that something is wrong fairly early on. The actions of the sick townspeople are believable and creepy. And some of the photography is really good, giving the viewer some striking images.

Now, the bad stuff. The movie is ultimately TOO slow for its own good. If things were speeded up a little bit, the movie would have had an acceptable pace. While some of the photography is good, much of the movie has a flat made-for-TV feel (not surprising, since this was made by the ABC television network.) The revelation of what's causing the mayhem is not done by detective work, but more feels like the screenwriters were getting near the end and felt they had to reveal it right there and then. The ending is also unsatisfying, leaving several big questions unanswered.


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