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The Power (1968)

Unrated | | Thriller, Sci-Fi | 21 February 1968 (USA)
One by one members of a special project team are being killed by telekinesis - the ability to move things with the power of the mind alone. The race is to determine which of the remaining team members is the murderer and how to stop them.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay), Frank M. Robinson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Professor Jim Tanner
Suzanne Pleshette ... Prof.essor Margery Lansing
Richard Carlson ... Professor Norman E. Van Zandt
Yvonne De Carlo ... Mrs. Sally Hallson
Earl Holliman ... Professor Talbot Scott
Gary Merrill ... Mark Corlane
Ken Murray ... Grover
Barbara Nichols ... Flora
Arthur O'Connell ... Professor Henry Hallson
Nehemiah Persoff ... Professor Carl Melnicker
Aldo Ray ... Bruce
Michael Rennie ... Arthur Nordlund
Miiko Taka ... Mrs. Van Zandt
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Hallson
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Hallson
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Storyline

Contains spoilers: A man slowly realizes two things: that he has telekinesis - the power to move things with the power of his mind alone - and that another man who shares this power wants to kill him. Written by Brenda Holloway <brendah@pdsc.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One Man Has It...No Man or Woman Can Resist It. See more »

Genres:

Thriller | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aivojen sota See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Pal Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

MGM announced plans to produce the movie with George Pal as producer/director during its 40th anniversary celebration in 1964. Unlike many of the announced projects, this one actually got made but wasn't released until 1968. See more »

Goofs

After Tanner is fired he is walking the streets. When he's looking at toy soldiers in a store window, his hair is "boyishly" sown over his forehead. Then he sees the "Don't Run" sign and a close-up shows him with his hair neatly combed and very shiny with product in it. As he walks away from that corner, his hair is once more not slicked and down over his forehead. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Nordlund: [in the human testing lab at the Institute, looking at one of the test subjects, submerged in a tank with monitoring wires attached] How do you ever get them to do it?
Professor Jim Tanner: Why, it's easy. See, they make more here in an hour than, uh, they can in serving student tables at a commissary for 3 weeks. Uh, have you ever served tables at a student commissary, Mr. Nordlund?
Arthur Nordlund: Yeah, I see what you mean.
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Connections

Referenced in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No.1: Andante Cantabile
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Lost information on the 1956 TV version of this story.
25 July 2006 | by sfoxlySee all my reviews

This story was first televised live during the summer of 1956 on one of the high quality drama series that flourished during the 1950's. Perhaps it was The United States Steel Hour. I was an eleven year old kid at the time and was fascinated with the basic plot. I have searched for information about the original teleplay, but have been unsuccessful. Does anyone out there have any info on the TV broadcast of this story?

Several years later, I read Frank M. Robinson's novel, from which the two movies were made and enjoyed the 1968 film version. It had a terrific musical score, featuring a zither-like instrument played with felt hammers. George Hamilton did a fine job in the lead role.


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