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Madman (1978)

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While trying to escape from the Soviet Union, a Soviet Jewish man is locked in a mental institution, where he gets brutally tortured for several years. After his release, he's able to ... See full summary »




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While trying to escape from the Soviet Union, a Soviet Jewish man is locked in a mental institution, where he gets brutally tortured for several years. After his release, he's able to defect to Israel, and gets the chance to join the Israeli Army, even though he's not in good condition to fight. His next plan is to seek revenge against the Russians, but first he needs to go to another conflict on the Syrian border, far from where his enemies are. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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While this film was a low-budget Israeli-filmed drama that did not become a box office hit on its release in 1978, it has a legacy of launching several major Hollywood careers. This started when Walter Hill watched the movie because he wanted to see if her performance in this film (after she'd emerged on film radar for her work in "Annie Hall") was good enough for her be cast in the role of Ellen Ripley in the upcoming film ALIEN. While watching the film, Hill became very impressed with Michael Beck's work as the lead, and decided to make him the lead in another project that was about to starting filming: THE WARRIORS. And while F. Murray Abraham wasn't part of those projects, he also was noticed by producers and talent agents from his work in "Madman" and that moved his career forward greatly (he would win an Oscar for "Amadeus" only 5 years after filming his role here). See more »

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I loved this movie
19 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie, I think Michael Beck does some of his best work here-this is the performance that got him the part of Swan in The Warriors. His portrayal of bruised and damaged Boris Abromvitch is sometimes almost hard to watch, but I couldn't stop watching either. But it is his interaction with the rest of the cast and their reaction to his determination and commitment to his cause that makes this movie great. You want him to heal up and be normal by the end of the movie, when you find out how damaged he is, and when everyone else finds out, and their reactions and rethinking of their own situations, and what matters in their lives--What becomes important. F Murray Abrahams is great as the almost stereotypical "hip" guy, who befriends Boris, and I thought this was a really good drama to watch. I am so glad I found this one.

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