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Black Rainbow (1989)




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British director Mike Hodges brought an extra measure of integrity to this made-for-TV thriller. Rosanna Arquette stars as Martha Travis, a psychic who travels the rural American South with her alcoholic father, Walter (Jason Robards), plying her mystical trade for credulous yokels. In reality, Martha is a con woman whose only gift is the ability to defraud those who seek messages from dead loved ones. However, one night the bogus medium intercepts mental images of a murdered man whose wife is in the audience -- and indignantly proclaims that her husband is still very much alive. Within hours, however, Martha's vision becomes reality. Martha has suddenly developed the ability to see murders before they happen, but her newfound ability to prognosticate puts a professional contract killer on her trail. In the meantime, Martha becomes lovers with Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce), a small-town reporter who's intrigued enough by Martha to write a story about her, although he's skeptical about her supernatural talents.

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Rosanna Arquette
as Martha Travis
Jason Robards
as Walter Travis
Tom Hulce
as Gary Wallace
Ron Rosenthal
as Lieutenant Irving Weinberg
Mark Joy
as Lloyd Harley
Olek Krupa
as Tom Kuron
John Bennes
as Ted Silas
Linda Pierce
as Mary Kuron
Marty Terry
as Mrs. Adams
Helen Baldwin
as Eva Callow
Jon Thompson
as Jack Callow
Dan Cox
as Terminal Hotel, Clerk
William Brown
as Hal Faber
Rick Warner
as Editor, Jay Chatwin
Dandy Stevenson
as Mrs. Koostler
Georgia Allen
as Mrs. Jamais
Mert Hatfield
as Mike Braddon
Wallace Merck
as Officer Monroe
Judy Simpson Cook
as Rachel Sachs
Willie Stratford
as Railroad Steward
Jerry Rushing
as Bud Orwell
Janelle Cochrane
as Airline Clerk
Joe Inscoe
as Airline Clerk No. 2
Joyce Bowden
as Nurse Shelly
Ivan Green
as Preacher
Jeffrey Taylor
as Mike Harley
Ed Grady
as Editor, Geoff McBain
Ed Lillard
as Pastor on Train
Muse Watson
as Police Officer
James Martin Jr.
as Hotel Night Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Black Rainbow

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

In Black Rainbow, Mike Hodges, as writer-director, turns a slight supernatural anecdote into an atmospheric ghost story.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Arquette and Robards are delightful when they chew scenery together, taking any leaps of motivational logic and making them as fun, melodramatic, and even trashy as possible.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

An overlooked supernatural thriller that has strong performances and an interesting premise. The story has a tendency to wander, but it is worth watching.

July 19, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Black Rainbow is intriguing enough to overcome its flaws and make for a darkly entertaining and solidly put together thriller.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Black Rainbow lacks the iron logic of the satisfying ghost story.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

A great picture? No, but an intriguing one.

June 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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