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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Gregory Wolfe
David Hemmings ... Nick Rast
Carmen Duncan ... Sandra Rast
Broderick Crawford ... Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio 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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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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Frightening, fascinating, evil or good? [DVD Australia] See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Forces See more »

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Budget:

AUD 850,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

British actor Robert Powell was imported to Australia to headline this movie. Other imports include American actor Broderick Crawford and David Hemmings, also from England. Gus Mercurio, who appears in the film, is an American-born Australian. See more »

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Spoofed in Making Weekend of Summer Last (1981) See more »

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Not As Good As I Remembered
14 July 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I saw this in 1983 and remembered it as a very haunting supernatural drama so I made a point in staying up late tonight to watch it on TV . Unfortunately it's one of these movies that disappoints after seeing it again after a very lengthy period . When it's good it's very good but there's not enough good moments . Thankfully the ending still compels when Wolfe returns to tell Rast what's going on plot wise but much of the movie revolves around long talkative scenes

The major problem with HARLEQUIN is that it's an Australian movie . There's nothing wrong with that in itself but as well as being a supernatural drama it's also a political thriller but does the machinations of Australian state politics interest a potential audience compared to global American politics ? In other words just think of how more thought provoking the story could have been if Wolfe had befriended the family of a man who's running for party nomination for presidential candidate . Wouldn't that have made for a better , more thought provoking film ? We can all understand how powerful a potential candidate for US President is but for much of the movie I was scratching my chin as to what's the big deal about deputy governor of an unnamed Australian state

Despite my disappointment HARLEQUIN is if not a great movie it's far from being a bad one . Robert Powell doesn't go over the top in a role that demands much subtlety while David Hemmings likewise plays Senator Rast in a cleverly understated manner . Despite the obvious parallels to the legend of Rasputin , directing that seems better suited to a TVM and some underwhelming special effects the last twenty minutes are nothing less than nail biting and I still recommend this movie as long as you've got the patience to stay with it


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