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Communion (1989)

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Oct.4 and Dec.26 the Strieber family drives from NYC to their cabin in the woods. Both nights there are some powerful lights outside and maybe aliens. The dad is mentally affected by the "bad dream", goes to the shrink and is hypnotized.

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writers:

Whitley Strieber (book), Whitley Strieber (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Whitley Strieber
Lindsay Crouse ... Anne Strieber
Frances Sternhagen ... Dr. Janet Duffy
Andreas Katsulas ... Alex
Terri Hanauer ... Sarah
Joel Carlson ... Andrew Strieber
John Dennis Johnston ... Fireman
DeeDee Rescher ... Mrs. Greenberg (as Dee Dee Rescher)
Aileen Fitzpatrick Aileen Fitzpatrick ... Mother
R.J. Miller R.J. Miller ... Father
Holly Fields ... Praying Mantis Girl
Paula Shaw ... Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorci Juliet Sorci ... Second Grade Girl (as Juliet Sorcey)
Tifni Twitchell Tifni Twitchell ... Teacher
Joshua Miller Joshua Miller ... Tall Boy (as Joshua John Miller)
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Storyline

Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a horrible dilema; was I abducted or am I going mad? He sees a psychiatrist who tries to use hypnotic regression to discover the truth. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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The true story of one man's terrifying journey into the unknown. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Besucher See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,919,653
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title-drop in the book is very different and more significant. See more »

Goofs

When Whitley leaves his vehicle in the 'final' visit to the cabin, the camera cuts to the entire cabin drenched in light. As he starts approaching it you can clearly see the source of light as a spotlight at the top right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Whitley Strieber: [should Andrew be hypnotised] He's too young.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version of Communion (1989) is shown on FOX network television (USA). The alternate version has extra or extended scenes (compared to the theatrical/cable/video version) as follows:
  • When Whitley (Christopher Walken) visits Dr. Freidman (Basil Hoffman), he describes the visitors while watching a salamander frolic in the physician's aquarium.
  • When Whitley's Russian friend Alex (Andreas Katsulas) finds Whitley in the diner, he tells Whitley that as a child in his native country he heard stories of small beings who lived in the mines, called Kobolds. He tells Whitley he believes these stories are true;
  • On the "ship," Whitley dances with the Little Blue Doctors after they exchange greetings (immediately before the "magic show");
  • Upon the roof of their apartment building, the stars in the sky do NOT momentarily appear to resemble the face of a visitor, as they do in the theatrical/cabletv/video version;
  • The end credits roll over a night time aerial shot of the Strieber family standing on the shore with New York City behind them.
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Communion
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Composed and performed by Eric Clapton
Written by Eric Clapton and Allan Zavod
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What are we to believe?
16 March 2002 | by saint_patSee all my reviews

Ever read 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'? Remember that scene where Peter and Susan talk to the professor because they're worried about Lucy? Lucy claims that she visited another world by stepping inside a wardrobe. The professor responds by stating quite logically, "either she is lying, she is mad, or she is telling the truth. Lucy is quite a truthful person, and one only needs to look at her to see that she is not mad. Therefore for now we must assume that she is telling the truth."

That statement perfectly describes Whitley Strieber's very strange case. If he is lying, then why has he passed numerous lie detector tests? If he is crazy, then why have numerous doctors failed to diagnose him with schizophrenia, temporal lobe epilepsy, etc. And why have numerous people had strange experiences at his cabin? As Arthur Conan Doyle once said, "Once you rule out the impossible..."

I would highly recommend people watch this very scary film. The scenes at Strieber's cabin and while he is hypnotized were really creepy. They left a lasting impression on me. Christopher Walken gives a compelling performance as Whitley Strieber (Strieber probably isn't this eccentric in real life).

I wish I could say this film was perfect but this was not so. The scenes in between the 'abduction' sequences were less compelling, and the film drags on at least ten minutes past when it should have ended. Still the film is a good introduction to the alien abduction phenomenon and to Strieber's book. It may make you leave the lights on at night.


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