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VISIONS OF DEATH (1972)

aka Visions... TV-Movie
Article 2666 by Dave Sindelar 
Viewing Date: 8-7-2008
Posting Date: 11-30-2008
Directed by Lee H. Katzin
Featuring Monte Markham, Barbara Anderson, Telly Savalas
Country: USA

A psychic has visions of a bomber terrorizing the city. When he reports his visions to the police, he not only finds himself the prime suspect, but a target of the real bomber as well.

The basic story here is pretty standard; I know I've seen the storyline about a person trying to prevent a crime becoming the prime suspect many times. However, this TV-Movie does a surprisingly good job with the story; it has a stronger sense of style than most TV-Movies, and it does an excellent job of maintaining the suspense. My favorite character moment occurs when the psychic's information does manage to avert tragedy, and he's relieved that finally, after all these years, he's been able to use his ability to save someone. His visions are nicely handled by the movie; I especially love the jarring vision he has of someone when he can tell they're going to die soon. It's also nice that this TV-Movie doesn't feel like a pilot for a series, though it could have been turned into one. As it turned out, Telly Savalas (who plays a cop here) would shortly get a chance to do a series in a similar role with "Kojak".

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