A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.

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Cast

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Halsey
Frederikke Borge ...
Sandra (as Rikke Borge)
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Buddy
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Dubin
Alan Leach ...
Customer
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Cindy
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Cheryl
Anthony Mannino ...
George
Lex Monson ...
Dudley
Patricia Roe ...
Doris
Jane Hoffman ...
Teresa
Robert Burr ...
Ralph
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Hawker
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Karl Kinsky, an unbalanced tattoo artist, becomes dangerously obsessed with Maddy, a model he meets when he's hired to paint temporary tattoos on a group of women for a photo shoot. As his obsession grows, Kinsky becomes increasingly determined that Maddy should bear his "mark" ... forever. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Every great love leaves its mark. See more »

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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

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To Karl Kinski (Bruce Dern), tattoos were spiritual things. The term that he used to refer to a tattoo as being was "The Mark." See more »

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Karl Kinsky: Don't you know that I have committed my life to you? That this is a protective shield? It's my mark, Maddy, it's all I have to offer you. Now I'm not sure anymore whether you're worthy of it. I don't even think that I've made the right choice.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone (1983) See more »

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Bruce Dern's intense yet subtle performance makes a mundane thriller into a fascinating viewing experience.
14 January 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I love Bruce Dern! The guy has appeared in some of my all time favourite exploitation movies ('The Wild Angels', 'The Trip', 'Psych-Out', 'The Cycle Savages', 'Bloody Mama'), usually playing some kinda evil or deranged character. He does it so well that you can forgive many people thinking he must be a bad ass in real life, when apparently he's a straight living health freak who indulges in marathon running. Anyway, he makes 'Tattoo' into a fascinating viewing experience. It isn't the greatest movie ever made, in fact it's quite a mundane thriller for the most part, but Dern makes it compelling with an intense and yet subtle performance. He plays a very odd tattoo artist who becomes obsessed with Maddy, a bitchy model (Maud Adams, Bond girl and 'Rollerball'). Now Maud Adams isn't really my cup of tea but she sure looks good in the nude scenes, and anyway, this is Dern's movie all the way. Most people seem down on this one, but I can't see why. I will say that the bigger the Dern fan you are the more you will enjoy it. I enjoyed it a LOT!


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