Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician) (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician) (1980)




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Harlequin is directed by Simon Wincer and tells a tale with echoes in 20th-century Russian history. Nick and Sandra Rast (David Hemmings and Carmen Duncan) have a little boy, Alex (Mark Spain), who is suffering from leukemia. Like normal parents they will do anything to help their son, especially Sandra. So when Gregory Wolfe (Robert Powell) comes along with his faith-healing techniques to treat Alex, Sandra is particularly impressed. What complicates matters is that Alex's father Nick will soon be running the government and his career depends a lot on Doc Wheelan (Broderick Crawford), his mentor. Trouble starts when Wheelan cannot abide the faith healer, causing the mysterious Wolfe to react in a most unexpected way. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Robert Powell
as Gregory Wolfe
Carmen Duncan
as Sandra Rast
David Hemmings
as Nick Rast
Broderick Crawford
as Doc Wheelan
Gus Mercurio
as Mr. Bergier
Alan Cassell
as Mr. Porter
Mark Spain
as Alex Rast
Sean Myers
as Benny Lucas
John Frawley
as Dr. Lovelock
Peter West
as Godfrey
Jeremy Sims
as Young Boy on Raft
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Critic Reviews for Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician)

All Critics (5)

"Harlequin" is a curious thriller which at times fails to make its point clear but nevertheless remains remarkably engrossing, primarily because of the very good acting by all persons involved.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Harlequin is a fascinating if flawed psycho thriller that deserves much more attention than it received

October 25, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This horror film has a high-quality, professional feel but somehow lacks tension or any emotional connection.

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Quaintly entertaining little horror chestnut...if you're into old-fashioned Rasputin-lite rehashes and late 70's decor.

August 25, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician)

An enchanting fantastical mystery movie, I didn't even mind that I was still confused in the end, the movie was cool anyway. Check it out.

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