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Dominique (1979)

A millionaire who has recently lost his wife starts believing that he is being haunted by her spirit.

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David Ballard
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Tony Calvert
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Dr. Rogers
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George
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The wife of a greedy man comes back to haunt him after he scares her to death in this horror-thriller. He is after her money and must try several times before he finally succeeds. Because she is mentally exhausted from being frightened all the time, she commits suicide, but soon the husband begins experiencing her ghostly presence. Written by Ørnås

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Michael Anderson has stated in interviews that the film was taken out of his hands during editing and tampered against his wishes. Ron Moody was the chief victim of the cuts made. See more »

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David Ballard: [puts a bundle of money on the table] 500.
Tony Calvert: But Mr. Ballard, it's against the law.
David Ballard: [lays down another $500 bundle] A thousand.
Tony Calvert: Suppose we get caught?
[David lays down two more bundles]
Tony Calvert: When?
David Ballard: Tonight.
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Is Dominique dead?
29 May 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Creepy thriller concerning a selfish American businessman (Robertson) supporting his interests through a marriage of convenience to his wealthy English wife (Simmons), until she commits suicide as a result of his emotional bullying. Her instructions are for her will to be read on their wedding anniversary in a few weeks' time, and as that day draws nearer, visions, apparent apparitions and strange goings-on haunt Robertson to the point of virtual insanity. Convinced that his wife has returned from the dead, he enlists his new chauffeur (Ward) to exhume her body, not once, but twice, where he makes a shocking discovery.

Atmospheric, tense and suspenseful throughout, I found Simmons' portrayal of the emotionally crippled wife compelling and her 'resurrection' even more stirring. Gaping plot holes, contrivances and other poetic conveniences while no means forgiven, are somewhat disguised by director Anderson's flair for creating tension out of the limited material. The cast however has considerable depth, with veterans David Tomlinson, Jack Warner, Dame Flora Robson, and Ron Moody in a pivotal supporting role. Jenny Agutter, Judy Geeson and Michael Jayston are also prominent.

There's Hitchockian moments and more than just a little reminiscence of the similarly titled French classic "Les diaboliques" (1955), and yet despite the somewhat borrowed theme, I still found myself in the grip of "Dominique" and was rewarded with some heart-pounding moments. Not perfect, but entertaining nonetheless.


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