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Beyond Reason is an independent film directed, starring, and written by Telly Savalas[1] that was produced in 1977. Originally titled Mati, after the title character Dr. Nicholas Mati, the film focused on a psychiatrist who struggles with his grip on reality. Diana Muldaur also starred in the film as Elaine Mati, the doctor's concerned wife. The film was not released theatrically, and became available on home media in 1985.[2][3][4]

Beyond Reason
Video cover art (1985)
Directed byTelly Savalas
Produced byHoward Koch
Screenplay byTelly Savalas
StarringTelly Savalas
Diana Muldaur
Biff Elliot
Music byRobert Randles
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited byFrank P. Keller
Release date
1985 (video)
CountryUnited States



After witnessing the traumatic suicide of one of his patients, and much to the chagrin of his loving wife Elaine (Diana Muldaur), well-respected psychiatrist Dr. Nicolas Mati (Telly Savalas) begins to become unhinged. As he loses the grip on his sanity, his obsession with a demure young student intensifies.[5]



The film was never released to theaters.[2] In 1985 it was released to home media, and has received capsule reviews in video guides. One sympathetic author wrote "Telly Savalas shows his stuff in this sensitive film, which he wrote and directed. ... Though thought provoking and touching throughout, the story gets a little muddy from time to time and finishes unsatisfyingly."[6]


  1. ^ "Beyond Reason". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Monush, Barry, ed. (2003). Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965, Volume 1. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 664. ISBN 9781557835512. In 1977, he directed, wrote, produced, and starred in Beyond Reason, playing a psychiatrist having an affair with a patient, but after sitting on the shelf for years, it ended up going directly to cable outlets and video shelves.
  3. ^ "New Releases - Albums". Billboard. June 8, 1985.
  4. ^ Beyond Reason (VHS). Media Home Entertainment. 1985. OCLC 20161294.
  5. ^ "Feature Films". Diana Muldaur World. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  6. ^ Martin, Mick; Porter, Marsha (2002). "Beyond Reason". Video & DVD Guide 2003. Ballantine Books. p. 93. ISBN 9780345449924. OCLC 50576812.

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