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Communion (1989)

Christopher Walken , Lindsay Crouse , Philippe Mora  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer
  • Directors: Philippe Mora
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Elite Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002VW3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Communion" on IMDb

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  • Deleted Footage

Editorial Reviews

Was author Whitley Strieber telling the truth about extraterrestrial visitations in his bestselling book, Communion? Perhaps no one can really prove or disprove it, making the enigma of Strieber himself more interesting than his allegations. That's precisely the angle taken by this film adaptation, in which Christopher Walken's richly eccentric performance becomes a fascinating portrait of something more important than rumors of alien abduction--that is, human resistance and surrender to transformation. The script does an end run around the deductive process and research Strieber employed in his book to substantiate his claims. Instead, the story concentrates on the impact of those experiences on Strieber's own psyche: the disbelief, the repressed memories, the mounting helplessness and futility as the years go by.

Walken makes it all terribly compelling, from his childlike compliance to the diminutive aliens who turn up in his home at night to an unexpected story climax in which Strieber demystifies the little buggers on his own surprisingly comic terms. The supporting cast is terrific, including Lindsay Crouse as Strieber's concerned wife, Frances Sternhagen as a doctor, and Joel Carlson as Strieber's son. This is not an offering that panders to today's alleged abductees, but rather a study of a sole survivor who finds his peace on his own terms. --Tom Keogh

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walken spices up alien encounters! December 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
From Whitley Strieber's non-fictional alien abduction tale, Communion, Christopher Walken is called upon to portray visually this unbelievable and awesome account of a man confronted by other-world beings. The best-selling book was hard to put down for me so when I saw a box cover in the video store w/ an alien face and the word Communion on it I thought, "oh great, another Fire in the Sky hollywood flop." Contrary to my first reaction, I pulled the cover off the shelf and snatched the tape behind it to take home and "examine". Later that night, to my surprise I was on the edge of my seat watching this movie, as I did with the book, feeling very surprised and impressed. First of all, without the presence of the highly acclaimed Christopher Walken, the movie would have been, for lack of a better term, nothing. His role is the central character and author of the story Whitley Strieber but his mannerisms and personality are that of... himself!! That's what makes the movie so interesting, a larger than life actor is playing the lead role in a larger than life story and it works to make a great film. Not to mention the fact that the soundtrack is a swirl of soft emotional violins contrasted by echoing guitars played by none other than the legendary Eric Clapton. It's some of his finest guitar work in my opinion. So in closing, if you're tired of big predictable blockbusters and you're looking for a good movie about a fantastic experience and a very unpredictable plot line, Communion is the film to see. If you like independent movies (Reservoir Dogs, Blair Witch, etc.)with big actors, pick up Communion today!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Jess
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One of my fav Chris Walken movies, Communion. Not a typical sci-fi or alien movie by any means but the kind I like. Based on supposed true alien encounters, but not promising to be real as the case with this new crap like The Fourth Kind. One of the last true great alien films of the 80s/90s era. The only other alien film I really enjoy besides this one is Fire In The Sky which goes along similar lines as this film. The story of a man who is abducted by aliens but hasn't realized/come to terms with it until he uncovers this truth in psycho analysis. A true wonder and definitely a defining role for Chris Walken.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper emotionality April 11, 2005
Whilst it is impossible for a film to emulate the deposit of information contained within a book, people seem to forget the disparity between the two mediums when writing reviews. Therefor i believe many of the reviews i have read thus far are inaccurate, as any comparison to the book immediately renders them. What the film version does maintain, without question is the feeling that pervades the book.

The sense of a constantly eerie presence that is communicating from between the lines of the author/character, through him, using him and his medium as a host. The different mediums of the book and the film versions create a body of experience together, so that one should not be taken in without the other, as the book is absorbed through the left brain orifice, whilst the film's elaborate images are received through the right brain channel, thus equally affecting the imagination by different means, thereby bridging the hemispheres.

An atmospheric journey through the cosmic conspiracy of the human mind, and the red herring of visitors from afar, communion provides many moments of mystical strangitude, continuing the path the book began. For those of you who seek exposition, definitely pick up the book and absorbe every line of information through your third eye. There are some minor differences, such as the hynotist in the film being a female, and the presence of budd hopkins nowhere to be found here, but these were probably cinematic decisions made on the spur of the moment, to keep the focus on the elucidation of the experience Strieber is going through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Acted, Sometimes Effective, not bad. August 1, 2001
"Communion" the movie is a well-acted and sometimes effective drama. Christopher Walken does a good job here, though I've seen him do much better, but here he totally disappears in this character of Whitley Strieber. However, we are never quite clear of what the movie's intentions are. Is it a simple little creepy story? Or a serious dissection of the alien abduction phenomenon? I guess maybe it depends on your point of view on the subject. Which is, I guess, the same way people view the bestselling (non-fiction) book of the same name. I personally can say that I have never experienced some sort of UFO abduction and have my doubts on the existance of alien life, so I look at "Communion" from an outsider's view. For those of us who don't stay in the circle of UFO researchers or "Experiencers," "Communion" works as a good try at scaring the viewer. There are some effective sequences, especially those that take place in the Striebers' cabin, where the abductions first took place. The scenes with the alien beings look really well-done and real. I don't call "Communion" science fiction because it is, like the book, being sold as a true story and there are people who believe it and who have reported claims in the same nature and no offense is wished, so, for me "Communion" comes off as a creepy drama. It isn't completely horrific, indeed, I wished for a few better scares. The reason the movie didn't work completely for me, was that at the end I was left confused and puzzled, "Communion" isn't very clear on what happened or how. It was reported that a film was being worked on based on Strieber's follow-up, "Transformation," but it apparently never materialized, though I wished it had to shed some more light on the story. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its an older but good movie.
Published 1 month ago by Derek A. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. A must buy
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Published 2 months ago by K. L. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good condition
Published 2 months ago by RG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the movie when it first came out and still love it.
Published 3 months ago by josefa arce
4.0 out of 5 stars Philisophical, human and emotionally truthful
Odd and thoughtful meditation on a typically underserved subject. Emotionally honest and revealing performances provide a moving portrait of an effective marriage during a time of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom in Seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give this a 1/4 star if based on the movie content itself.
The DVD "Communion" arrived in great shape and within the 2 days as expected - that is the reason for 5 stars. The movie itself is a half star - at best. Read more
Published 4 months ago by St. Imnot
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I hadn't seen this movie in a long time, but felt the need to add it to my collection.
Fairly creepy/wierd. It has Walken,that's the important thing.
Published 6 months ago by dave r
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not about cats.
I think my cat is an alien. He keeps sitting on my chest at night and licks my nose. He doesn't look like these aliens, but I'm convinced he is doing "experiments" to me in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by EDD1969
4.0 out of 5 stars "Communion"
This was a gift for an UFO pal. I have read and saw the movie, I did enjoy both. It's her favorite.
Published 8 months ago by marilyn ruth
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