Touch (1997 film)

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Movie poster for the 1997 film "Touch".
Movie poster.
Directed byPaul Schrader
Screenplay byPaul Schrader
Story byElmore Leonard
Based onTouch
by Elmore Leonard
Music byDave Grohl
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 14, 1997 (1997-02-14) (US)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$387,069[1]

Touch is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Schrader. It is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard.

The film, which has elements of drama and black comedy, stars Christopher Walken, Richard Schiff, Bridget Fonda, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Arnold, Gina Gershon, Lolita Davidovich, Janeane Garofalo and Paul Mazursky. It was shot in Fullerton, California.

The soundtrack of the movie was composed and recorded by Dave Grohl, and released on his Capitol Records imprint, Roswell Records. The majority of the tracks are instrumental, with the exception of "How Do You Do," as well as two songs performed with Louise Post of Veruca Salt. The release would also mark the first time Grohl used his pseudonym Late, as credited in the liner notes, since the release of Pocketwatch in 1992.


A young man, Juvenal, is apparently able to cure the sick by the laying-on of hands. Mysterious stigmata appear from time to time on his flesh.

The former evangelist Bill Hill, tired of selling mobile homes for a living, persuades his friend Lynn Faulkner to befriend the innocent ex-monk and encourage him to aim for the big-time. But matters become complicated when the young couple falls in love, and even more complicated when fundamentalist August Murray takes exception to their relationship.



The film received mixed-to-negative reviews. It currently holds a 33% rating on rotten tomatoes, based on 18 reviews.


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