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Touch (1997)




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A pacifistic young man heals the sick and becomes a national sensation. Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard and directed by off-beat filmmaker/screenwriter Paul Schrader, this light and lively satire centers on the tempest that soon surrounds the innocent miracle worker. He is Juvenal and comes from Brazil to work in a Los Angeles alcohol rehab center. Along the way, Juvenal matter-of-factly restores a blind-woman's sight and cures a boy of leukemia by touching them each with his hands, which tend to bleed, much as Christ's bled while he was on the cross. To Juvenal, the miracles are commonplace and he thinks little of their import. But others think differently and actively seek to exploit him. The sharks eagerly awaiting the opportunity to prey upon him include former evangelist cum RV salesman Bill Hill, hard-core Christian fundamentalist August Murray, and a self-serving reporter.

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Bridget Fonda
as Lynn Faulkner
Skeet Ulrich
as Juvenal
Tom Arnold
as August Murray
Gina Gershon
as Debra Lusanne
Janeane Garofalo
as Kathy Worthington
Lolita Davidovich
as Antoinette Baker
John Doe
as Elwin Worrel
Conchata Ferrell
as Virginia Worrel
Mason Adams
as Father Nestor
Breckin Meyer
as Greg Czarnicki
Anthony Zerbe
as Father Donahue
LL Cool J
as Himself
Chris Hogan
as Scruffy Staff Worker
William Newman
as Court Clerk
Matt O'Toole
as Bailiff
Tamlyn Tomita
as Prosecutor
Don Novello
as Father Navaroli
O-Lan Jones
as Bib Overalls
Diana Georger
as Song Leader
Theo Greenly
as Richie Baker
Richard Coe
as Roman Governor
John Gay
as Palsied Man
Casey Gray
as Stripper
Dennis Burkley
as Hillbilly
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Critic Reviews for Touch

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

The experience of seeing the film is subduing; the movie plays in a muted key.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Paul Schrader and comedy have probably never had more than a nodding acquaintance, and that's what they have in this tepid satire.

February 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The end result is an effort that starts to vanish from one's memory minutes after it concludes...

February 10, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A disaster--and not the kind that's fun to watch, either.

January 7, 2005 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Pleasantly entertaining and intelligent, it does not create enough of a spiritual mystery to move the heart, but watching the characters droolingly circle one another has its own, more earthly rewards.

October 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

I saw it as a plot searching for a director.

March 28, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Touch

Begins with an interesting premise, that an ex-monk has the power to heal, but degenerates into a passel of cliches injected, it seems, simply to finish the work, as if the director took a more important call mid-interview. You will cease to care as well although Tom Arnold heroically behaves throughout as if there were still a film to save.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Tried to write a review and failed so I'll stick with my thoughts while watching the film: "This is exactly the film you'd get if Tarantino brought the rights to The Green Mile."

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


A good movie.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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