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God Told Me To (1976)

New Yorkers commit a series of motiveless murders: a sniper shoots people from a water tower; a father murders his entire family; a cop opens fire during a St. Patrick’s Day parade . . .

The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrator’s calm admissions of guilt, explaining, “God told me to.”

While investigating the murders, deeply religious catholic police detective Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips (Richard Lynch) who appeared to each of the killers and can’t seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is somewhat linked to this mysterious being.

As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed.

Peter Nicholas
Tony Lo Bianco
Martha Nicholas
Sandy Dennis
Miss Elizabeth Mullin
Sylvia Sidney
Everett Lukas
Sam Levene
David Morten
Robert Drivas
Deputy Commissioner
Mike Kellin
Bernard Phillips
Richard Lynch
Casey Forster
Deborah Raffin
John Heffernan
Harold Gorman
Sammy Williams
Harry Bellaver
William Roerick
George Patterson
Mrs Gorman
Jo Flores Chase

Larry Cohen