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This film is the product of an unlikely pairing between novelist Elmore Leonard and maverick screenwriter-director Paul Schrader. Leonard usually writes Detroit-based crime novels; this time, Schrader transports one of Leonard's quirkier, non-crime books to an L.A. scene. Christopher Walken plays slick ex-preacher and musical promoter Bill Hill, who is trying to rescue his former church organist Virginia Worrell (Conchata Ferrell) from an abusive husband. He enlists a former Franciscan priest, a Brazilian named Juvenal (Skeet Ulrich) who now works as an alcohol rehabilitation counselor. Juvenal not only calms down Virginia's husband, he cures her blindness. Later, he also cures a young boy of leukemia. His laying on of his hands causes his palms to bleed with the stigmata of Jesus Christ. As work of his miraculous powers spreads, Juvenal becomes the prey of several people who want to exploit him, including Hill, who's out for money, and a militant traditionalist Catholic, August Murray (Tom Arnold), who wants Juvenal to help his crusade to restore the old-fashioned Latin Mass. Juvenal is also pursued by a television reporter, Kathy Worthington (Janeane Garofalo) and a tabloid TV show host, Debra Lusanne (Gina Gershon), who wants to televise his miracles live. Hill's scheme is to use an assistant record producer, Lynn Faulkner (Bridget Fonda), to pretend to be an alcoholic, get admitted to the center where Juvenal works, and find out more about Juvenal. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2008
UPC: 0027616098702
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bridget Fonda Lynn Faulkner
Christopher Walken Bill Hill
Skeet Ulrich Juvenal
Tom Arnold August Murray
Gina Gershon Debra Lusanne
Lolita Davidovich Antoinette Baker
Paul Mazursky Artie
Janeane Garofalo Kathy Worthington
Breckin Meyer Greg Czarnicki
Anthony Zerbe Father Donahue

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director,Screenwriter
Fida Attieh Producer
Aaron Barsky Asst. Director
Dan Bradford Art Director
Lila Cazes Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Cara Silverman Editor
Mary Vernieu Casting
David Wasco Production Designer
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Llewellyn Wells Co-producer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Touch
1. Main Titles [2:01]
2. As Plain As Day [4:09]
3. Sacred Heart [3:12]
4. Just Pretend [4:16]
5. Assault and Battery [1:55]
6. On a Mission [5:42]
7. Oh, My God [5:50]
8. The Same Wounds [3:26]
9. Suffer the Children [6:04]
10. The First Time [3:33]
11. Never [1:54]
12. Getting the Word Out [4:54]
13. Outraged [3:58]
14. Dying to See You [3:29]
15. A New Feeling [4:13]
16. One Giant Earhole [1:16]
17. Taking Advantage [5:23]
18. Lost and Found [5:58]
19. It's All Over [4:15]
20. No Women Allowed [5:02]
21. Contaminated [3:43]
22. Live on National TV [6:20]
23. What Can God Be Thinking? [3:00]
24. End Titles [3:51]

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