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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
Peter Iacangelo ...
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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The furor in the media about whether the two leads' love scenes were real was parodied by Jim Stafford on Johnny Carson's "Tonight" show. Stafford hypothesized that there were only four possibilities: They were: (1) They did have sex and she was lying. (2) They didn't have sex and he was lying. (3) He did but she didn't. And (4) He did but she didn't even notice. See more »

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Karl Kinsky: A tattoo isn't something you put on or take off just like sunglasses. It's a very important decision.
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Featured in At the Movies: Winners That Were Losers (1983) See more »

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Bruce Dern as a tattoo artist/psychotic...not exactly fresh territory
29 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Extremely seamy psychological drama with a thriller-movie undermining which never quite comes to the surface. Tattoo artist, covered with ink himself, kidnaps a fashion model and begins plying his trade on her unmarked flesh. Combines "Lipstick" with half-a-dozen pictures in which Bruce Dern does his bug-eyed routine (a yawner even in 1981). Supporting cast is unusually strong, with Leonard Frey, John Getz, Jane Hoffman, and Cynthia Nixon in smaller roles. As the model, Maud Adams flashes the requisite amount of skin, yet the role itself is unattractive and it failed to give the real-life fashion star that added boost as an actress. Arty cinematography attempts to turn the sleazy milieu into a smoky, seductive modern noir; but, with such vapid characters out front, one loses interest long before the film has finished. *1/2 from ****


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