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Release Date:
25 October 1980 (USA) See more »
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A psychiatrist living in Vienna enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The psychology of sexual obsession artistically exposed See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Art Garfunkel ... Alex Linden

Theresa Russell ... Milena Flaherty

Harvey Keitel ... Inspector Netusil

Denholm Elliott ... Stefan Vognic

Daniel Massey ... Foppish Man
Dana Gillespie ... Amy Miller

William Hootkins ... Col. Taylor

Eugene Lipinski ... Hospital Policeman
George Roubicek ... Policeman #1
Stefan Gryff ... Policeman #2
Sevilla Delofski ... Czech Receptionist
Robert Walker ... Konrad
Gertan Klauber ... Ambulance Man

Ania Marson ... Dr. Schneider
Lex van Delden ... Young Doctor
Rudolf Bissegger ... Giovanni (as Rudolph Bisseger)
Hans Christian ... Czech Consul
Ellan Fartt ... Ulla
Fritz Goblirsch ... Drunk Man (as Fritz Gublirsch)
Nino LaRocca ... Arab in Truck (as Nino La Rocca)
Roman Scheidl ... Angry Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carolyn Seymour ... Lisa Dietrich (scenes deleted)
Carl Lawrence Ludwig ... Young Czech Lover (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicolas Roeg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yale Udoff  screenplay

Produced by
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Tim Van Rellim .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond  (as Anthony Richmond)
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Art Direction by
David Brockhurst 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Sue Bide .... makeup artist
Sarah Monzani .... hair stylist
Production Management
Christian Jungbluth .... production manager: Austria
Aivar Kaulins .... production manager
Detlef Krejci .... unit manager: Austria
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Kohn .... second assistant director
Marijan David Vajda .... assistant director: Austria
Neil Vine-Miller .... first assistant director
Tom Ward .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Amberston .... second assistant art director
John Beard .... first assistant art director
Arie Bohrer .... assistant art director: Austria
Bob Devine .... construction manager
Bryony Foster .... property buyer
Janet Shearer .... third assistant art director
Ted Western .... stand-by propman
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... re-recording mixer
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Tony Bell .... boom operator
Rodney Holland .... dialogue editor
Paul Le Mare .... sound mixer
Jacques Leroide .... assistant sound editor
Rodney Glenn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Attwood .... still photographer
George Beavis .... chief grip
Martin Evans .... gaffer
John Golding .... focus puller
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Derek Suter .... clapper loader
Wick Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Monika Caha .... casting: Austria
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shuna Harwood .... additional costumes
Carla Willsher .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
David Spiers .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Laurence Boulting .... location manager
Clinton Cavers .... location manager
Johannes Freisinger .... location manager:Austria
Hugh O'Donnell .... location manager
Music Department
Richard Hartley .... conductor
François Rabbath .... musician: double bass
Other crew
Brian Doyle .... publicist
Ingrid Durst .... production assistant: Austria
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Susan Kane .... production secretary
Angela Mackworth-Young .... assistant to director
Borjan Nakicenovic .... propman: Austria
Jaqi Neilist .... production secretary
Alex Richards .... chief production accountant
Caroline Sax .... production secretary
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123 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 (1980) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | USA:R (certificate #26306) (edited for re-rating after appeal) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18
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One of seven films that actress Theresa Russell has made with director Nicolas Roeg. The other films are Eureka (1983), Track 29 (1988), Cold Heaven (1991), Hotel Paradise (1995), Insignificance (1985) and the "Un ballo in maschera" segment of Aria (1987).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The U.S. Army Medical Corps Lieutenant Colonel, presumably a psychologist, has a full beard. This is a willfully gross violation of the appearance regulation, in or out of uniform, most especially for a commissioned officer. The film is set in 1979 (year shown in an appointment book). In that era, and for some years surrounding 1979, U.S. Army personnel were not allowed to have beards in any manner, shape or form. Sideburns could not extend below the ear opening and mustaches, which were allowed, could not extend vertically below the upper edge of the upper lip, nor horizontally beyond the opening of the mouth, making them very modest looking. The only case-by-case waiver exceptions in this era were Chaplain Branch clergy of specific religions, such as Sikh, that required their clergy to have beards as an integral part of their religious belief; a Medical Corps psychologist didn't fall under this, regardless of his religious beliefs.See more »
Stefan Vognic:You must love her tremendously... more even than one's dignity.See more »
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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The psychology of sexual obsession artistically exposed, 23 October 2004
Author: emdragon from Reno, Nv

Art Garfunkel in his one great role as an American college psychology professor lusting after student Theresa Russell somewhere in Austria set in the late 70s. The camera work is amazing and keeps the same pace as the subtle plot lines and aesthetically deft sound score. Harvey Keitel plays a systematically intense police detective who has to unravel the near death of Russell following a harrowing sexual attack and drug overdose. Garfunkel is moody, and sophisticated, while never controlling as much as he is controlled by Ms Russell's ingenuous charms. Quite a psychological thriller, and a movie completely in it's own fresh mold. Anybody coming upon this film for the first time will find themselves drawn into the amazing weave which will entice them, and engage self-sexual questioning that is quite capable of opening one's own sexual subconscious. And, just for a treat. . . it almost seems as if every frame of this film is an art-piece in and of itself.

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