Exposed (1983)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  22 April 1983 (USA)
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Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind and escapes to New York. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Carlson
Daniel Jelline
Ron Randell ...
Pierre Clémenti ...
Dov Gottesfeld ...
Marion Varella ...
Bridget Gormann
Murray Moston ...
Hotel Manager
Stephanie Farrow ...
Carmen ...
Lois Straub
Daisy Carrington ...
Daisy Carlson
Carl Lee ...


Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind and escapes to New York. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During a vernissage she's approached by a mysterious man whose motives are unclear... Written by Michel Hafner <>

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Stephen M. Silverman:  Uncredited, as himself. See more »


Elizabeth's purse changes positions when she's asking informations on the mosque. When she's outside the purse is on her left side, but when she's inside the purse goes to the right and later returns to the left again when she's about to leave the place. See more »


Elizabeth Carlson: [after being followed by her ex-boyfriend] I can't believe this!
Daniel Jelline: Who was that?
Elizabeth Carlson: My English teacher.
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Referenced in Moscow on the Hudson (1984) See more »


La Bamba
Traditional, arranged by Ritchie Valens
Performed by Ritchie Valens
Courtesy of Era Records
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Kinski: perfect! The film: a mess
12 August 2004 | by (Key West, FL, US) – See all my reviews

The early 80's seemed to be a ripe time for espionage-themed films and, taken as a whole, is probably somewhere in the middle in terms of quality (goodness knows there were worse!). However, what makes it worth seeing are two things: its European locales (all in monochromatic greys and browns) and, first and foremost, the astonishing and eye-achingly beautiful Kinski, in what may well be her ripest, fiercest, most raw performance captured on film. What surrounds her, unfortunately, is either standard or downright embarassing: wooden supporting performances (particularly Nureyev, who looks singularly uneasy and clodding, ironic for someone who spent a lifetime being praised for his graceful moves), an often senseless plot, and direction that veers from shameful to confused, none of which is helped by sometimes-spastic editing. And yet...there is Kinski, breathing life into this dull affair in spite of itself, wiping everyone else from the screen and the audience's eyes and minds. Here, she is a force to be reckoned with, radiating an intriguing blend of natural awkwardness and just-enough confidence: in essence, she is 100% REAL. There isn't a single false moment delivered by her, as a young woman who falls into the world of both modeling and espionage, giving the film as a whole the unmistakable air of 'what-could-have-been'. If this movie had a tenth of what she provides, it would still rate, despite being dated, as a modern-day classic. As it is, it IS, whatever its many, many flaws, worth seeing (for it's often-silly early-80's fashions, as a time machine, those aforementioned locales) but she is the main reason why. She is brilliant.

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