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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Matt Robinson (screenplay), Irene Kamp (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Norah Benson
Perry King ... Joel Delaney
David Elliott ... Peter Benson
Lisa Kohane Lisa Kohane ... Carrie Benson
Lovelady Powell Lovelady Powell ... Erika
Barbara Trentham ... Sherry
Miriam Colon ... Veronica
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ... Don Pedro (as Edmundo Rivera Alvarez)
Teodorina Bello Teodorina Bello ... Mrs. Perez
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Ted Benson
Ernesto Gonzalez Ernesto Gonzalez ... Young Man at Seance
Peter Turgeon ... Detective Brady
William Hawley William Hawley
Aukie Herger Aukie Herger ... Mr. Perez
Earle Hyman ... Charles (as Earl Hyman)
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Storyline

Norah Benson, an affluent socialite living in the upper east side of New York, seems to be living the perfect life as a divorced mother of two. After her mothers suicide, she becomes a mother figure in the close relationship she has with her younger brother Joel Delany. However, Joel begins to a act very unusually: he tries to attack a man, has to be restrained to a mental asylum, and begins to loose his usual free-spirited kindness in exchange for a turbulent personality. After witnessing the acts of her brother and finally breaking down the shield of her affluence and naivety, Norah seeks the help of a spiritismo who will attempt to exorcise the spirit of a murderer they believe to be possessing Joel. But before they can attempt to help her, Norah's brother quickly turns on her, threatening her own life and the lives of her children.

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If you believe, no explanation is necessary. If you don't believe, no explanation is possible.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Obsessão de Joel Delaney See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Appropriately enough, Joel sings the theme from The Twilight Zone as he leads his party out into the street to "conjure" up Sherry's missing earring. See more »

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The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit shots of Carrie being threatened with a knife and forced to eat dog food from a bowl. The cuts were fully restored in the 2007 Sound & Media DVD release. See more »

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An effectively done spiritual thriller
25 January 2000 | by tla.baioSee all my reviews

This is a sharp supernatural thriller worth seeking out. The pace may be a little slow for some, but those who are patient will be pleased with the use of their virtue. Shirley MacLaine plays a Manhattan socialite who realizes that her brother has in some way changed. For example he now practices the Santaria religion, he speaks very good Spanish, and his health is not quite the same. MacLaine is then warned that her brother may be slowly becoming possessed by the spirit of a Spanish decapitator. Not knowing what or who to believe, she dives into the world of the Santaria faith in an attempt to get some answers on what is happening to her brother. As time goes on, the danger increases and getting the answers she seeks may prove to be fatal. Director Warris Hussein does a good job in building the suspense for the viewer and creating a frightening atmosphere to those who are not familiar with Santaria. The performances, lead as well as supporting, are first rate especially Perry King (who plays the brother) who is truly frightening towards the film's conclusion. This is very well done, and highly recommended.


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