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Black Rainbow (1989)

A young female medium on tour sees a hitman killing a whistleblower in her vision. The killer finds out about this and plans to kill her as well. The skeptical police, her manager father and a curious journalist try to protect her.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Mike Hodges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Arquette ... Martha Travis
Jason Robards ... Walter Travis
Tom Hulce ... Gary Wallace
Mark Joy Mark Joy ... Lloyd Harley
Ron Rosenthal Ron Rosenthal ... Lieutenant Irving Weinberg
John Bennes John Bennes ... Ted Silas
Linda Pierce Linda Pierce ... Mary Kuron
Olek Krupa ... Tom Kuron
Marty Terry ... Mrs. Adams
Ed Grady ... Editor, Geoff McBain (as Ed L. Grady)
Jon Thompson Jon Thompson ... Jack Callow
Helen Baldwin ... Eva Callow
Darla N. Warner Darla N. Warner ... Shirley Harley
Christopher L. Gray Christopher L. Gray ... Choirmaster
Lucy Williams Lucy Williams ... Choirlady
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Storyline

Martha Travis is a medium who makes contact with spirits "on the other side" and connects them with their loved ones still alive, in public performances. Trouble begins when she gives a message to Mary Kuron from her husband, Tom. But Tom isn't dead - yet. And Martha not only knows he will die, she also knows who killed him. And the murderer knows she knows. Her exploitative elderly alcoholic father and manager, Walter Travis, and Gary Wallace, a skeptical investigative reporter fascinated by the story who eventually falls for Martha, try to protect her, and so does the skeptical police - or do they. Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval.kfir@Indigo.co.il>

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She has just witnessed a murder that hasn't happened yet. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rainbow See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rosanna Arquette hired a real-life psychic called Laura Day and prepared for the role together with Day and her own acting coach Susan Batson. However, their interpretation of the way Martha should act during her seances was vetoed by director Mike Hodges. He wanted Martha's act to be a subdued performance, and not one filled with energy and emotion like that of a televangelist. After a serious clash over this, even though quite upset, Arquette eventually gave in and agreed to play the scene the way Hodges wanted. She later agreed that when it comes to these seance scenes, his colder and 'more English' approach did indeed give better results than her more lively 'American' approach. See more »

Quotes

Martha Travis: Men lie with me, not to me!
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

HE'S SO WONDERFUL
Lyrics by Barry Mason
Composed by Christopher L. Gray
Performed by Lucy Williams
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Worthwhile Viewing!
18 May 2005 | by skallisjrSee all my reviews

This is not a film everyone would enjoy. It takes a poke at an old and established con game -- for want of a more precise term, fake mediumship -- and then stands it on its head.

Spoilers follow.

Before an audience in a mining town, Arquette's character tells various audience members of their losses, while the victims are still alive! She's proved to be wrong, and then, later, the persons die in the manner she describes. This happens more than once. Had she been a local lady, she might have been a murder suspect, or possibly hanged as a witch.

The story builds slowly, and each incident just throws another log on the fire, making the atmosphere murkier and more mysterious. The film opens ambiguously and ends the same way.

As noted before, not for every taste. But for those with the appropriate taste buds, the taste of this is rich and flavorful.


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