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Impulse (1984)




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Bad behavior turns deadly in this science-fiction drama. Jennifer (Meg Tilly) is a woman who grew up in the small town of Sutcliffe, which much of her family still calls home. One day, Sutcliffe is hit with a minor earthquake, which doesn't appear to do much damage, but a strange and disquieting turn in the city's collective behavior soon becomes apparent. Jennifer receives a phone call from her mother (Lorinne Vozoff), but while they've always had a cordial relationship, her mother loudly and hysterically berates her, and the call comes to a disturbing conclusion when her mother shoots herself. Jennifer and her husband Stuart (Tim Matheson) rush to Sutcliffe to discover that her mother is seriously injured by still alive. However, it seems as if all boundaries of civility and etiquette have broken down, as violence, crime, and rabid anger rule the usually quiet streets of Sutcliffe. It seems that the earthquake caused the town's milk supply to be contaminated by toxic waste which has an unusual psychoactive effect -- it makes it impossible for people to resist the common anti-social impulses that all people have, but most keep closely in check. Hume Cronyn plays the town's doctor; Bill Paxton, Claude Earl Jones, and Amy Stryker also appear.


Meg Tilly
as Jennifer
Hume Cronyn
as Dr. Carr
John Karlen
as Bob Russell
Bill Paxton
as Eddie Russell
Lorinne Vozoff
as Mrs. Russell
Peter Jason
as Man in Truck
Adam Baumgarten
as Boy with Danny
Abigail Booraem
as Mrs. Ashley
Leonard Burns
as Urinating Man
Mary Celio
as Mary Woodson
Jack T. Collis
as Mr. Anson
Chuck Dorsett
as Reverend
Allan Graf
as Deputy
Anne Haney
as Mrs. Piersall
Sheri Stoner
as Young Girl
Gary Kirk
as Plant Manager
Bernie Kuby
as Mr. Bidemeyer
Darren Muir
as Mr. Harrison
Richard E. Norlie
as Mary's Brother-in-Law
Svi Peter
as Danny
Thomas J. Sauber
as Band Leader
Dawn Eisler Smith
as Mary's Sister
Hugo L. Stanger
as Old Geraer
Sherri Stoner
as Young Girl
S. Angelece Dunaway
as Body Double for Meg Tilly
Janet Sassoon
as Ballet Mistress
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Critic Reviews for Impulse

All Critics (7)

It's such a great idea and great concept. It's worth watching this movie as a 'what can be done today?' if they remade it.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Impulse is a movie about its own disorienting mood and the loss of control. You can go home again, all right, but it's a pain. The sunny bucolic setting of this nightmare makes it all the more discomforting.

September 11, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Asking the viewer to believe more than the normal share of impossible things for a single day

June 10, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Forgettable (and seemingly forgotten) thriller about the dangers of tainted milk. Matheson and Tilly deliver fine work in a fairly lost cause.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Um produto típico dos anos 80, desperdiça uma boa idéia em um péssimo roteiro que também sofre com a presença de uma das piores atrizes que Hollywood já gerou: Meg Tilly.

November 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Impulse

This is like a zombie movie without the scares, and with a romance going on at the same time. It's okay, but I think they needed more time to work on the script or something, the ending is especially bad.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A case where the premise was better than the actual film. Still, if it wasn't for all the erotic scenes, it would've been a decent flick.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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