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Tattoo (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  9 October 1981 (USA)
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A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.



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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 <>

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Intohimon merkki  »

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First, final and only ever feature film written or directed by Bob Brooks. See more »


Karl Kinsky: It's not crap. Some people need it, makes them feel important, gives them a feeling of confidence, strength. I can't keep this place running just on what I like.
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The best psychological thriller
4 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story makes has me thinking what makes a man so twisted that he becomes deeply obsessed with the woman he loves the most. (Academy Award Nominee Bruce Dern) portrays Karl Kinski a tattoo artist who develops a twisted obsession for a model that he desires the most. Maud Adams (also known as one of the bond girls who was in both The Man with Golden Gun and Octopussy) portrays Maddy, the model that Karl desires the most. This has received a little bit of controversy surrounding the issue of the poster the shows a woman to her ankles. There was also another rumor if whether the sex scene between Maud Adams and Bruce Dern was either real or just an illusion. I don't know how to rate this film, but the point of this film was that it that there are crazed obsessives who lurk among us. To be honest this was a good film.

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