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Director:
Writers:
Brian De Palma (story) and
Paul Schrader (story) ...
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Release Date:
13 September 1976 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The love story that will scare the life out of you See more »
Plot:
A businessman becomes fixated upon a young woman who resembles his dead wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(38 articles)
[De Palma’s] Vision
 (From MUBI. 3 June 2014, 5:35 AM, PDT)

Top Ten Brian De Palma Climaxes
 (From SoundOnSight. 13 May 2014, 9:05 PM, PDT)

Notebook Soundtrack Mix #4: "Fragments of the Mirror: The Music of Bernard Herrmann"
 (From MUBI. 22 October 2013, 1:58 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
De Palma's best Hitchcock-movie! See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Cliff Robertson ... Michael Courtland

Geneviève Bujold ... Elizabeth Courtland / Sandra Portinari

John Lithgow ... Robert Lasalle
Sylvia Kuumba Williams ... Maid (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
Wanda Blackman ... Amy Courtland

J. Patrick McNamara ... Third Kidnapper (as Patrick McNamara)
Stanley J. Reyes ... Insp. Brie
Nick Kreiger ... Farber (as Nick Krieger)
Stocker Fontelieu ... Dr. Ellman
Don Hood ... Ferguson
Andrea Esterhazy ... D'Annunzio
Thomas Carr ... Paper Boy
Tom Felleghy ... Italian Businessman
Nella Simoncini Barbieri ... Mrs. Portinari
John Creamer ... Justice of the Peace
Regis Cordic ... Newscaster

Loraine Despres ... Jane
Clyde Ventura ... Ticket Agent
Fain M. Cogrove ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Harper ... Man In Airport (uncredited)
Warren Kenner ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (story) and
Paul Schrader (story)

Paul Schrader (screenplay)

Produced by
Harry N. Blum .... producer
Robert S. Bremson .... executive producer
George Litto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Senter 
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Frank Balchus 
 
Production Management
Frank Beetson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wiliam Pool .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David M. Ronne .... sound
Dan Sable .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Joe Lombardi .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick McLean .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul B. Clay .... music editor
Louis Halsey .... choral director (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Laurie Johnson .... conductor: finale (uncredited)
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Rachel Ticotin .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
98 min | Australia:94 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2011) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The church seen at the beginning of the film, Church of San Miniato, is different from the one that Michael actually goes into when he sees Sandra. The reason for this is because the priests of the Church of San Miniato would not allow De Palma and his crew to film inside of the church, because of a previous film crew that turned out to be making a porno film, and had told them otherwise. This can be seen clearly when Michael goes into the church, which only has one door to enter into, and then in the next shot, where Michael's back is towards the door, and there are now two, and a windows on the doors that don't match the one that we saw on the outside shot. The collegiate church in the town of San Gimignano was used for the interior shots.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In Robertson's first trip on the paddle-wheel boat to deliver ransom money in 1959, as it takes off, a pan to the street reveals traffic nearby with contemporary (1970's) cars.See more »
Quotes:
Sandra Portinari:[noticing Michael watching her paint] Buon Giorno!
Michael Courtland:[smiles politely] Buon Giorno.
Sandra Portinari:[motions to her painting and speaks in Italian] Do you like it?
Michael Courtland:[answering slowly in halting Italian] I don't speak Italian.
Sandra Portinari:[speaks in English] That's okay. I speak English. You are an American?
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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
De Palma's best Hitchcock-movie!, 6 September 2003
Author: Renaldo Matlin from Oslo, Norway

"Obsession" is truly the best movie Hitchcock never made.

It came out the same year as the great master of suspense made his last movie, the disappointing "Family Plot", it has a classy, brilliant soundtrack by the legendary Bernard Herrmann that fits nicely in with the work he did for Hitchcock, it has a wonderful script by Paul Schrader that will keep you guessing till the last frame, and last but not least: it's directed by Brian De Palma, who despite being slammed by some (stupid) critics for ripping off Hitchcock should in stead be praised for being able to copy the master better than any other living filmmaker.

Hitchcock is my favorite director of all times, and "Obsession" is so much like one of his films that it's difficult to accept that it was put together by another man. But De Palma doesn't deserve criticism for honoring his idol, he deserves praise for delivering a movie that, had it been made by Hitchcock, would rank among his finest films.

That's quite a feat! If you are a fan of De Palma or Hithcock you are almost guaranteed to love "Obsession", a highly underrated thriller that left me an even greater fan of Robertson, Bujold, Lithgow, De Palma, Schrader, Herrmann and every one else involved. Sit back, enjoy it and watch out for those wonderful last 20 minutes!

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