Harlequin (1980, AUS) C-95m. SCOPE *** D: Simon Wincer. Starring Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford, David Hough. Intriguing supernatural thriller about politician Hemmings, whose son is dying of leukemia. Enter faith healer Powell, who not only cures the boy but also turns his wife's head. Is he a charlatan or a real magician? Despite some illogical parts this remains a well-scripted chiller, with a fine Brian May score. Everett De Roche's screenplay makes reference to famous Russian Czar advisor Rasputin. Also known as DARK FORCES, THE MINISTER'S MAGICIAN.

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