Monday, January 29, 2018

Dr. Strange (1978)

Director: Philip DeGuere Jr.

Writer: Philip DeGuere Jr.

Composer: Paul Chihara

Starring: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter, Anne-Marie Martin, Philip Sterling, John Mills, June Barrett, Sarah Rush, Ted Cassidy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In Every Age And Time, One Of Us Is Called To Join The Battle.

Plot: A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This TV movie feels like it was made with the potential of becoming a series.  As history points didn't.  Thankfully.  It's dreadfully boring.  There's drama, hospital drama, fantasty-ish drama, romance drama and then finally in the final third the comic book business moves fast enough for Dr. Strange to become his supernatural namesake and then he battles Morgan LeFay (played by Jessica Walters whom I didn't recognize, shame on me for missing that).  That's the big fight at the end and it's over all too quickly.  The whole picture is a ticket to Yawnsville.  It's not even good as a TV movie.  Apparently it aired against ROOTS (1977) and the ratings weren't good.  I can't imagine the ratings would've been much better if it aired against commercials.  Ugh.

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