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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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His twisted passion for her and her desire to escape, mark their lives forever. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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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Maddy: But then you mustn't hurt me. Because if I hurt my skin, then you hurt the mark and you don't want to do that.
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Unpleasant, with a good Bruce Dern performance.
20 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

As a psychopathic tattoo artist, Bruce Dern has to work extra hard here, because the script is very sketchy as far as his motivations and background are concerned, but he is up to the task - he has some very creepy moments (like his first outburst at a dinner table). As his "object of desire", however, Maud Adams is fatally miscast: the way she plays the model in the first half of the movie, you just can't understand why anyone would become infatuated with her. This strange film might be worth a look if you can find it, but don't expect too much. (**)


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