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The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

A houswife, tired of her everyday routine, makes changes in her hair, her wardrobe and her makeup, and begins to take on the personality of a woman who had died five years earlier.

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Greg Oliver
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Mark
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Housekeeper
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Mrs. Dempsey
Gloria LeRoy ...
Saleslady
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Bartender at Beach
Asher Brauner ...
Dance Partner in Bar
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Mr. Logan
Danna Hansen ...
Mrs. Logan
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Old Man
Nancy Hahn Leonard ...
Rose
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Minister
Boyd Holister ...
Man Working (as Robert Palmer)
Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
Flowerman
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A houswife, tired of her everyday routine, makes changes in her hair, her wardrobe and her makeup, and begins to take on the personality of a woman who had died five years earlier.

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28 February 1977 (USA)  »

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La extraña posesión de la señora Oliver  »

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Miriam Oliver: I want to be myself.
Greg Oliver: Are you telling me you're not yourself? Who are you, then?
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Strange indeed, and slow moving...but worthwhile if you have the patience
3 October 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Mrs. Oliver, a modern-day lawyer's wife in her late 20s, suffering under the oppressive thumb of her husband--who seems to like her spinsterish, her hair in a tight bun, etc.--is having an identity crisis. She tries on a blonde wig with red lipstick and hoop earrings one afternoon while shopping and feels like a different woman; turns out this alter-ego bears a striking resemblance to a sexy woman named Sandy, who lived at the beach and but disappeared five years prior. Karen Black was on a horror movie roll in 1977, having had great successes with the TV-made "Trilogy of Terror" (written by this film's author, Richard Matheson) and the theatrical screamer, "Burnt Offerings". "Mrs. Oliver", also a TV-movie, has echoes of both, but is nearly weighed down by its red herrings (a curious dream, a flashback to a fire, a painting). Director Gordon Hessler sets a peculiar, almost surreal tone that initially grips the viewer, but Matheson overloads the plot; since Hessler's pacing is so methodical, there's too much going on at too slow a pace. Black is very good (if too old for her role), and George Hamilton does fine as her colorless husband (not the condescending sonuvabitch you may expect, but a workaholic with no interesting qualities). The finale wraps things up sufficiently, so "Mrs. Oliver" isn't a disappointment, exactly. But it's more spooky/romantic than suspenseful and scary, and perhaps that is why it has failed to acquire the type of following Black's other projects have.


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