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Touch (1997)

When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
LL Cool J ... LL Cool J
Gina Gershon ... Debra Lusanne
Conchata Ferrell ... Virginia Worrel
John Doe ... Elwin Worrel
Christopher Walken ... Bill Hill
Skeet Ulrich ... Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
María Celedonio ... Alisha (as Maria Celedonio)
Chris Hogan ... Scruffy Staff Worker
Anthony Zerbe ... Father Donahue
Bridget Fonda ... Lynn Faulkner
William Newman ... Court Clerk
Tom Arnold ... August Murray
Breckin Meyer ... Greg Czarnicki
Matt O'Toole ... Bailiff
Richard Fancy ... Judge
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Storyline

When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing relationship between Juvenal and Lynn Faulkner. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Everyone wants a piece of the action See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dotyk See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$195,236, 17 February 1997

Gross USA:

$387,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$387,069
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film features a soundtrack by Dave Grohl. See more »

Quotes

Lynn Marie Faulkner: [why Brother Juvenal left the Franciscan Order] I don't know, maybe something about it irritated him, like Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story.
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Connections

References The Nun's Story (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch
Written and performed by Dave Grohl and Louise Post
Louise Post appears courtesy of Outpost Recordings
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In lesser hands than Paul Schrader, Elmore Leonard's non-crime novel could have become an overwrought toil in the evils of America's salacious media.
15 December 1998 | by walshioSee all my reviews

`You are an odour in the nostrils of God,' jabbers religious zealot August Murray (Tom Arnold). He is damning sometime revivalist Bill Hill's (Christopher Walken) cynical marketing of Christ-like figure Juvenal (Skeet Ulrich essentially playing Edward Scissorhands minus the blades). Hill wearing a glitzy gold jacket and an enormous `Thank You Jesus' necklace sees a book deal and a slot on the awful Debra Lusanne Show (Gina Gershon superb at mimicking Ricki Lake with a snarl) for the innocent healer, who has stigmata on his rib cage.

In lesser hands than Paul Schrader, Elmore Leonard's non-crime novel could have become an overwrought toil in the evils of America's salacious media. However, Touch is actually a wryly amusing and unhurried look at faith and exploitation. The histrionics and belly laughs are bestowed upon the cameos, who obviously capture the best lines: `Do they make condoms that protect the soul' (Arnold) and `Controversy is the oxygen I breathe' (Gershon). Ultimately, best savoured on video. --Ben Walsh


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