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Special Effects (1984)

A director makes a movie based on a murder he committed.

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Cast

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Andrea Wilcox / Elaine Bernstein (as Zoe Tamerlis)
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Brad Rijn ...
Keefe Waterman
Kevin O'Connor ...
Det. Lt.Philip Delroy
Bill Oland ...
Det. Vickers
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Leon Gruskin (as Richard Greene)
Steven Pudenz ...
Wiesanthal
Heidi Bassett ...
Neville's Asst. Director
John Woehrle ...
Studio Executive (as John Woerhle)
Kitty Summerall ...
Andrea's Roommate
Kris Evans ...
Cosmetician
Mike Alpert ...
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Storyline

Reality and illusion collide in this thriller about a megalomaniacal movie director who murders a young would-be actress, then sets about making a feature about the deed, casting the dead woman's clueless husband as the patsy, and finding a dead ringer to play the part of the dead actress. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Mary Jean is just dying to get into the movies... She's about to get her wish. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Cutting Room  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the head shots Neville and Detective Delroy look through is Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie See more »

Goofs

Andreas hair changes from wavy to curly in each scene See more »

Quotes

Reporter: What is your greatest influence?
Neville: Abraham Zapruder.
Reporter: Who?
Neville: Honest Abe never lies.
Reporter: How do you spell that?
Neville: J-F-K.
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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Dance
Performed by David Snider and The Defiel Band
Music and Lyrics by Michael Minard
©1984 Minard Music Company-ASCAP
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"Columbo"..... with nudity ...... without Peter Falk ...................
6 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Special Effects" could easily pass for a weak episode of "Columbo", except for two things. There is nudity and there is no Peter Falk. I can just imagine an episode titled "Reel Death" on my television screen. This is not far fetched, as director Larry Cohen wrote no less than three episodes of "Columbo". Unfortunately "Special Effects" has problems. The gorgeous Zoe Tamerlis would not be one of them, that is until she opens her mouth. Her acting was perfect in Ms.45 since she played a mute. The New York locations and Eric Bogosian's artistically decorated film studio offer more entertainment than the film itself, which is almost awful ........................... MERK


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