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Apprentice to Murder (1988)

Fire-and-brimstone preacher sees Satan everywhere, trains gullible young boy to "detect" evil, and the two of them commit several murders in the name of Jesus. Based on a true story.

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Ralph L. Thomas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... John Reese
Chad Lowe ... Billy Kelly
Mia Sara ... Alice Spangler
Knut Husebø Knut Husebø ... Lars Hoeglin
Rutanya Alda ... Elma Kelly
Eddie Jones ... Tom Kelly
Mark Burton Mark Burton ... Clay Myers
Adrian Sparks ... Irwin Myers
Tiger Haynes Tiger Haynes ... Rufus
Minnie Gentry Minnie Gentry ... Mam Isobel
Blain Fairman Blain Fairman ... Foreman
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Sheriff
Keith Edwards Keith Edwards ... Cop 1
Chris Langman Chris Langman ... Patterson
Lars Hiller Lars Hiller ... Prouty
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Fire-and-brimstone preacher sees Satan everywhere, trains gullible young boy to "detect" evil, and the two of them commit several murders in the name of Jesus. Based on a true story. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Canada | USA | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

1989 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

A gyilkos segédje See more »

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Bergen, Hordaland, Norway See more »

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Gross USA:

$466,369
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Mono

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Color
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Strange, but Based on Fact
24 April 2005 | by skallisjrSee all my reviews

This film was based loosely on a bizarre murder investigation and subsequent trial in Pennsylvania. At the time, in the 1920s, backwoods Pennsylvania had folk-medicine healers called Pow-Wows, and the film involves one. These healers relied on a book, "Long Lost Friend," written by a George Hohmann, that was full of prayers and folk remedies based on a form of sympathetic magic, that were supposed to cure ailments and the like.

The Sutherland character is a Pow-Wow, and a youngster, played by Lucas Haas, becomes his apprentice. A series of bad events takes place in the community, and the Pow-Wow suspects a neighboring farmer, culminating in the murder.

Significant Spoiler: The film is ambivalent on the nature of the Pow-Wow's power, and leads the viewer in one direction, and then suddenly reverses itself. This weakness could have been sidestepped easily. It would have been a better film if it had.


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