Power, The

Who has The Power to control minds, move objects, and murder by telekinesis? Scientists at a space lab want to know when they realize they are targeted by one of their own - someone who possesses a superhuman power and a terrifying secret agenda.


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Power, The
 
4.1

(based on 22 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (13)
  • Engaging characters (11)
  • Great cinematography (8)
  • High production value (6)
  • Excellent special effects (5)

Cons

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  • Adult viewers (11)
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One of Hamilton's last pictures at MGM.

This George Pal project for MGM was surprisingly weak at the boxoffice, and way underrated for effectiveness at the time of it's theatrical release. Talented Byron Haskin directs an insidious, sci-fi mystery (based...Read complete review

This George Pal project for MGM was surprisingly weak at the boxoffice, and way underrated for effectiveness at the time of it's theatrical release. Talented Byron Haskin directs an insidious, sci-fi mystery (based on a novel by Frank M. Robinson, scripted smartly by John Gay) that quaintly explores a cross section of mid-20th-century Americana. Just when you think it's off on a tangent, it effectively wakes you up with a dose of off-beat violence. Miklos Rozsa music is used to draw you in, and it succeeds wonderfully. The print is superb, saturated with a vivid, retro color scheme, and presented in anamorphic scope (Panavision 2:35 to 1).

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The Power

I saw The Power when it was released in movie theatres in 1967. The best part of it was the cast....they were well known familar faces to me then...and...Read complete review

I saw The Power when it was released in movie theatres in 1967. The best part of it was the cast....they were well known familar faces to me then...and now.

Of the cast, George Hamilton is the only one still alive.

Good to see it again.

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4.0

I got the Power!

By Mr. Apol

from Chapel Hill, NC

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Pros

  • Keeps You Guessing
  • Original Idea

Cons

    Best Uses

    • 60s Spy Movie Fans
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    Comments about Power, The:

    This movie is kind of like "The X-Files" if that show had been set in the late 1960s. George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette predate Mulder and Scully, but they do a good job tracking down the paranormal super villain who has "The Power." Good supporting cast of largely TV actors--Arthur O'Connell, Nehemiah Persoff, Earl Holliman, et. al.

     
    4.0

    Mind Over Matter

    By Nick at Nite

    from San Mateo, CA

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    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Emotionally Engaging
    • Fantastic Twist
    • Great Acting
    • Great Cinematography
    • Keeps You Guessing
    • Original Idea

    Cons

    • Pros Outweigh Cons

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    Comments about Power, The:

    Of course the third unbilled player as it were is the cimbalom, a musical instrument which composer Miklos Rozsa employs as a sort of leitmotif whenever the sinister Adam Hart, the man with "The Power" is nearby. But who is Adam Hart?
    The film unravels like a gripping who-done-it with all the trappings of science fiction making "The Power" a unique curio of the sci-fi genre. The film has a real powerhouse dream team. Based on a book by Frank M. Robinson (co-author of "The Glass Tower" which, in turn, became the basis for Irwin Allen's "The Towering Inferno"). From the producer/director team that brought you the 1953 film adaption of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds", "The Power" was the forerunner of such cerebral excursions in sci-fi as "The Fury" and "Scanners".

     
    4.0

    Who-dun-it? Good mystery/sci-fi style

    By skg

    from Fresno

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    Pros

    • Keeps You Guessing

    Cons

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      Comments about Power, The:

      Old fashioned sci-fi with some intelligence & no monsters involvled.

       
      5.0

      AUDACIOUS SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER

      By SHADOWER

      from LOUISVILLE, KY. 40215

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      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Dynamic
      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Fantastic Twist
      • Great Acting
      • Great Cinematography
      • Keeps You Guessing
      • Original Idea

      Cons

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        Comments about Power, The:

        LONG IN DEVELOPMENT, THIS 1968 FILM VERSION OF FRANK M. ROBINSON'S 1956 BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL WAS ELEVATED AS A GEORGE PAL PRODUCTION FOR MGM IN FULL 2.35.1 WIDESCREEN. AERONAUTICAL TRAINING SPECIALIST GEORGE HAMILTON IS DRAWN INTO A MYSTIFYING WEB WHEN HIS GROUP ENCOUNTERS A MYSTERIOUS OTHER-WORLDLY BEING, KNOWN ONLY AS ADAM HART-IN THE COMPANY OF WASHINGTON LLIASON MICHAEL RENNIE. THIS OCCURENCE ENCOMPASSES AERONAUTICAL AGENCY HEAD RICHARD CARLSON, G.F./COLLEAGUE SUZANNE PLESHETTE AS WELL AS AS ASSOCIATES EARL HOLLIMAN, NEHEMIAH PERSOFF AND ARTHUR O'CONNELL WHOSE QUESTIONAIRES ON AERONAUTICAL BEHAVIOR PROVE TO BE A KEY LINK TO THE MYSTERY. O'CONNELL'S OMINOUS DEATH LAUNCHES HAMILTON AND PLESHETTE ON A PULSATING EXCURSION TO UNMASK THE IDENTITY OF ADAM HART. THE LATER DEATHS OF CARLSON, PERSOFF AND HOLLIMAN PROVIDE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO AGGRESSIVE DETECTIVE GARY MERRILL. HAMILTON AND PLESHETTE EVENTUALLY ENCOUNTER THE MYSTERIOUS ADAM HART IN THE ACADEMIC SURROUNDINGS WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGAN. TYPIFIED BY SUPERB DIRECTION BY BYRON HASKIN, THE POWER, BEING ONE OF GEORGE PAL'S MORE EARTHLY ENDEAVORS, FORESHADOWED THE CURRENT DILEMMA OF IDENTITY THEFT WHEN HAMILTON'S ACADEMIC CAREER ALL BUT VANISHES. TRULY ONE OF THE PIONEERING SCIENCE FICTION TRIUMPHS OF THR 1960S.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        The Power - Great Book, Marginal Movie

        By Jay Faubion

        from Danville, IN

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Departed from book plot
          • Poor Plot Development

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            Comments about Power, The:

            Frank Robinson's 1956 book The Power is about the best book I ever read. I know this is an old 1959 movie, but it was still a disappointment to see it depart so radically from the original book. The book's last scene is the hallmark of the whole story, and it was removed completely.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Power "made to order" DVD

            By lesd40

            from Findlay, OH

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            Pros

            • Crystal clear playback
            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Excellent Special Effects
            • Great sound quality
            • Talented Acting

            Cons

            • Needed a bigger budget

            Best Uses

            • Worthy collectable

            Comments about Power, The:

            The made to order DVD was factory perfect and delivered in a timely manner...exceeded my expectations!

             
            4.0

            An Interesting Film with a Great Cast

            By GaryC.

            from Staten Island, New York

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            Pros

            • Excellent Special Effects
            • High Production Value
            • Talented Acting

            Cons

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              Comments about Power, The:

              This is a good and suspenseful film produced by George Pal, the man who gave us the classic films: "The Time Machine" and the "War of the Worlds."
              The film concerns some unknown killer wiping out of the scientists involved in a genetic testing project. The team leader, a very good George Hamilton falls under suspicion as he attempts to unravel who the killer is and why. He is assisted by fellow-scientist and love interest, Suzanne Pleshette, who shows us once again what a beautiful woman she was in her prime. The terrific supporting cast includes Michael Rennie, Earl Holliman, Aldo Ray, Richard Carlson, Arthur O'Connell, Gary Merrill and others. The film also has a terrific musical score by legendary film composer Miklos Rosza. (You will remember the music after the film is over.)
              In conclusion, this is a good suspense film with some nice special effects. It will keep you guessing up to the conclusion. Picture and sound quality were very nice on my blu-ray player.

               
              4.0

              Very Happy with DVD

              By Randy

              from Portland, Oregon

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              Pros

              • Great Cinematography

              Cons

              • Unappealing Visual Effects

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              Comments about Power, The:

              I was worried that I wasn't going to get my purchase. WB came through and I just received the DVD's. I am happy with the availability of obscure titles for my unique tastes. I'm sure to shop again in the future when that less than blockbuster movie catches my eye.

               
              5.0

              EXCELLENT QUALITY FOR A DVR-WILD MOVIE!

              By ANGUS MACBEEK

              from BURBANK, CA

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • High Production Value

              Cons

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                Comments about Power, The:

                USUALLY, DVR'S ARE FROM BAD STOCK. GOOD PRINT

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Very good print quality

                By bugster

                from Lake Forest, CA

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                Pros

                • Entertaining

                Cons

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                  Comments about Power, The:

                  My husband liked the movie. I found it to be a bore.

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