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Communion (1989)

Christopher Walken , Lindsay Crouse , Philippe Mora  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 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 (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002VW3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Communion" on IMDb

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  • Deleted Footage

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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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14 of 15 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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
The movie,"Communion",which is based on a contoversial New York Times bestseller by the same name, is in no respects as convincing as the novel written by author Whitley Strieber. Strieber's novel and movie both tell the "true" story of his personal encounters with apparent aliens, which Strieber has coined the term "visitors" when refering to them. The movie lacks in several departments. One, obviously, is the budget(or lack there of) which takes away from the movies ability to portray realistic aliens or visitors, or whatever they are. The aliens, which are now easily recognized by there large black eyes in modern American pop culture, look in this movie quite literally like cheap rubber balloons.(probably because that's what they are)Strieber's book however, does not have the need for cheesy props to convey his story in convincing detail; probably the reason people had an interest in his book, back in 1987. Ask anyone though,who has read his next several books on the same subject; if they are capable of thinking logically,they will most likely tell you about the steady flow of contradictions ever present in his writing.This brings us to a second flaw in the movie, which is: Strieber spins a tale to the movies viewers which is sketchy at best. On one hand, we are led to believe the visitors are aliens in big bright spaceships, who stick needles in Whitley's brain. On the flip side of the coin, the movie suggests the visitors are actually the physical manefistation of human evolution, or some weird metaphysical thing like that. So which is it? One of the few saving graces of the film however, is Christopher Walken's portrayel of a confused and frightened Whitley Strieber. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by marilyn ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Creepy, and ingenious.
Whether you enjoy this movie or not really depends on how you percieve it. If you are looking for a straightforward movie like Close Encounters or the like, you will probably not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Movies
My husband loves older movies and ones that are usually difficult to find in the stores. Communion was one of them and he is happy that I was able to find it.
Published 5 months ago by Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Umm... ok!
I gotta admit... I hated this film and not because of the subject matter.

I found Christopher Walken's performance so distracting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ray Keeper Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
Christopher Walken performance was excellent and the story is something I believe happens on a regular bases. I would recommend it for viewing.
Published 7 months ago by LEE SCHULTZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Walken is always good, but this is better
The first time I watched this movie I remember feeling scared and amazed. The acting is very convincing and the story is just strange enough to seem real. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth D. Kellogg
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good - terrible special effects.
Christopher Walken is a great actor, and did a fair job in this one; however, a weak and scattered plot line, corny acting, and absolutely terrible special effects (aliens look... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Belbo
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH
i only bought this because of christopher walken. i struggled to finish watching it and again only because of walken.
Published 8 months ago by puzzlelady
2.0 out of 5 stars Communion DVD
I read the book & watch a show on the Author found it to be very good! However the DVD was a B movie to say the least. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lindy Matherly
4.0 out of 5 stars Guess I gotta watch it again..but pretty cool movie
I've heard Whitley a lot on CoasttoCoast.am; have not read any of his books or listened to his books on tape. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Phil S.
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