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Tattoo (1981)

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A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.

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Frederikke Borge ...
Sandra (as Rikke Borge)
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Buddy
Peter Iacangelo ...
Dubin
Alan Leach ...
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Anthony Mannino ...
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Lex Monson ...
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Robert Burr ...
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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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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Intohimon merkki  »

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Reportedly, Bruce Dern once claimed that love scenes with Maud Adams were actually real. Maud Adams later denied this. This caused many rumors and a small controversy in the media and press. The explanation was provided that it was Dern's method acting talking, as his character is obsessed and in love with Adams' character. See more »

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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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Featured in At the Movies: Winners That Were Losers (1983) See more »

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A Skin flick starring Bruce Dern, Maud Adams and her breasts
3 May 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Tattoo is very beautiful and stylish looking, as is Maud Adams. Below the cinematographic beauty is a core of exploitation.

Maud Adams is not a great actress, but she and her breasts have wonderful personality which comes through on screen. Bruce Dern, a very good actor, lends gravity to his performance and does much more justice to the screenplay than it deserves.

The story of Tattoo is pretty silly, the screenplay amateurish and many scenes are poorly executed. But despite it's many faults, I found Tattoo genuinely engrossing. The film is a visual delight and the music score meshes very nicely.

Be warned that Tattoo is psychologically as well as physically exploitative so sensitives should steer clear, though really it's very mild compared with some more recent flicks.

If you're a hetero guy, you'll love it. 6/10


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