Communion (1989 film)

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Special Collector's Edition DVD cover
Directed by Philippe Mora
Produced by Philippe Mora
Written by Whitley Strieber
Starring Christopher Walken
Lindsay Crouse
Frances Sternhagen
Music by Eric Clapton
Allan Zavod
Cinematography Louis Irving
Edited by Lee Smith
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Allied Vision
Release dates
  • November 10, 1989 (1989-11-10)
Running time
105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,920,000

Communion is a 1989 drama/thriller film based on the book of the same name by Whitley Strieber.

Starring Christopher Walken and Frances Sternhagen, it tells a story of a family that experiences an extraterrestrial phenomenon while on vacation at a remote home in the wilderness during which the father is abducted and all of their lives change. According to Strieber, the story is a real-life account of his own encounter with "visitors", with Walken playing the role of the author.

The score was composed by Eric Clapton. It received a mostly negative critical reaction due to Walken's performance and was panned by Strieber himself due to its non-factual portrayal of him. He said that while his experience was a dream and on his own, the film showed it as actually happening and his entire family experiencing it. The film was also a box office failure.


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