The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow is a 1981 documentary about the 16th century French astrologist and doctor Michele de Nostradame. The movie, narrated by Orson Welles, examines the predictions that Nostradamus allegedly made that spanned from 1556 until his prediction of the end of the world in 3797. The movie begins with the prediction about the day his body was inadvertently exhumed by a group of drunken soldiers who break into his tomb. In his writings, Nostradamus predicted that soldiers who desecrated his tomb would die. The soldiers were ambushed and killed. Before his predictions, Nostradamus had a wife and two young children who died of the plague. After the tragedy, he became a foremost authority on the plague.

Nostradamus' predictions were written through a series of four-line quatrains which were deciphered by many linguists. Some feel that his writings are open to interpretation. He also used a bowl of water he referred to as the "Magic Mirror," which assisted him in his predictions.

Although Nostradamus made hundreds of predictions, there are many regarding events that happened in U.S. history that are reported to be highly accurate. The film also notes that some of Nostradamus' predictions rely on hearsay of the times. One example is the time in Italy where he bowed to a friar, who ultimately became the Pope years later. Some of Nostradamus' most famous predictions include the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler, and the tragedies surrounding the men in the Kennedy family. The predictions seem to describe John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, and Theodore "Teddy" Kennedy's Chappaquiddick incident. Other predictions include a war between the U.S. and the Middle East, which exposes the third antichrist; Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte are allegedly the first two. The film ends with Nostradamus' prediction that the world will end in the late 38th century.

PG
| 1981 | 1 hr 30 min | 6.1/10
Cast
Orson Welles, Philip L. Clarke, Ray Laska, Bob Ruggiero
Director
Robert Guenette
Produced By
Paul Drane, Alan Goland (associate producer), Robert Guenette, Lee Kramer, David L. Wolper (executive producer), Peter Wood (associate producer)
Language
English
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Also starring Philip L. Clarke