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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Schrader originally wanted to adapt the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch", but when Quentin Tarantino got the rights and made it Jackie Brown (1997), Schrader decided to use this Leonard novel instead as his next project. See more »

Quotes

Artie: You know how to keep a dog from humping your leg? Pick up the dog and suck his dick.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Remembering Jobim
Written by Joseph L. Altruda (as Joey Altruda)
Performed by Joey Altruda and His Cocktail Crew
Courtesy of Will Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The miracle worker
1 September 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Elmore Leonard novels tend to deal with sleazy characters operating at the fringes of society. "Touch" is a strange book in that the sleaze bags are presented in a different light. They're not the obvious con men, but they are people that are trying to take advantage of a situation that is perceived as a money producing scheme.

Paul Schrader has adapted and directed, but the essence of the book is somehow elusive by what is presented to us. Yes, we realize that Bill Hill is into making a fast buck if he can sell Juvenal as the miracle worker with supernatural powers. In fact, this theme has been done more successfully in other films.

What the director accomplishes are good performances from his cast. At times the movie feels flat and without a clear direction as where it wants to go; we don't care too much about Juvenal after he loses his 'touch' and he becomes a mere mortal.

Skeet Ulrich is excellent as Juvenal; this actor is always a welcome sight in any movie he is in. Christopher Walken turns a controlled performance as Bill Hill, the man in search of a good con that will do anything to get it done. Bridget Fonda is also low key as Lynn, the skeptical woman who sees good in Juvenal and ends up falling for him. Also very effective is Tom Arnold, the man that wants to take the church into the right path and will stop at nothing to protect his own views.


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