The Fantasist

The Fantasist Information

The Fantasist is a 1986 Irish-British thriller film written and directed by Robin Hardy. The film stars Moira Sinise, Christopher Cazenove and Timothy Bottoms. It is based on the 1983 novel Goosefoot by Irish author Patrick McGinley.


An Irish woman moves from the suburbs to Dublin and begins receiving phone calls from a stranger while the city is being plagued by a serial killer who uses this method to lure his victims in. Even though she is aware of this, she finds herself drawn to the caller. An American teacher (Timothy Bottoms) living in her building comes under suspicion.


  • Moira Sinise (credited as Moira Harris) as Patricia Teeling
  • Christopher Cazenove as Inspector McMyler
  • Timothy Bottoms as Danny Sullivan
  • John Kavanagh as Robert Foxley
  • Mick Lally as Uncle Lar
  • Bairbre N Chaoimh as Monica Quigley
  • Jim Bartley as Hugh Teeling
  • Deirdre Donnelly as Fionnuala Sullivan
  • Liam O'Callaghan as Farrelly
  • Ronan Wilmot as Patricia's Father
  • May Giles as Patricia's Mother
  • Se Ledwidge as Patsy Teeling
  • Dervla Kirwan as Fiona


Bob Geldof was originally cast to appear in the film but did not end up being involved in the production.

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