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

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Andrea / Elaine (as Zoe Tamerlis)
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Neville
Brad Rijn ...
Keefe
Kevin O'Connor ...
Det. Lt. Delroy
Bill Oland ...
Det. Vickers
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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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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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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Cutting Room  »

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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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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Just A Face (But Just The Same)
Performed by David Snider and The Defiel Band
Music and Lyrics by Michael Minard
©1984 Minard Music Company-ASCAP
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Bogosian rules.
22 August 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

After making a disastrous, special-effects laden film, a movie director decides to make a low budget biography of a murdered actress. To make her murder look as real as possible the director murders the actress himself. Could have been a very good film about snuff films, but the film's direction is a letdown. Zoe (Ms. 45) Lund (in a dual role) and particularly Eric Bogosian are very good in their respective roles of the murdered actress and the actress playing her, and the Cecil B. Demented director. Brian DePalma would have had a field day with this film.


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