The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone

David Cronenberg (1983)

103min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this engrossing yet strangely unembellished adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller by director David Cronenberg, Christopher Walken plays the teacher who wakes up from a coma to find he has acquired the ability to foresee the future. As his value to society increases, his life crumbles and the gift becomes a curse, especially when he envisions the horrifying truth of mankind's destiny under the possible control of evil politician Martin Sheen. While it has none of Cronenberg's usual bracing style and is quite abrupt in parts, it does carry a surprisingly thoughtful and moving charge, with Walken, Sheen and Brooke Adams (as Walken's sweetheart) giving top-notch performances.

Summary

A road-crash victim awakens from a five-year coma to discover he has developed psychic powers. Able to foresee a person's future just by touching them, the accidental psychic has visions of horrific destruction when he shakes the hand of a corrupt politician. David Cronenberg's thriller, based on the story by Stephen King, with Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen and Anthony Zerbe.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Smith Christopher Walken
Sarah Bracknell Brooke Adams
Sheriff George Bannerman Tom Skerritt
Dr Sam Weizak Herbert Lom
Roger Stuart Anthony Zerbe
Henrietta Dodd Colleen Dewhurst
Greg Stillson Martin Sheen
Frank Dodd Nicholas Campbell
Herb Smith Sean Sullivan
Vera Smith Jackie Burroughs
Sonny Elliman Geza Kovacs
Director David Cronenberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVD
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