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Deceptions (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  5 October 1986 (Finland)
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Twin sisters trade places with unexpected results.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabrina Longworth / Stephanie Roberts
Grant Roberts
Bryan Foxworth
Richard Blackwell
Jim Nolan
Carlo Ferraro
Chief Inspector
Joan Sims ...
Mrs. Thirkell
Penny Roberts
Princess Alessandra
Mark Richards
Christopher Rozycki ...
Dimitri Skolnikoff
Sergeant James
Hugh Millais


Stephanie and Sabrina are twin sisters. Stephanie is a housewife, who doesn't seem content with her life, while Sabrina is a jetsetter who lives in London. They go to Venice for their birthday and they decide to see how the other's life is. So Sabrina goes to Stephanie's home and becomes mother to her children and wife to her husband Grant. Problem is that Stephanie is a little insecure of an attractive student who is always flaunting herself at Grant. While Stephanie enjoys Sarina's life until her sadistic boyfriend comes into the picture. Written by

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5 October 1986 (Finland)  »

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In the ballroom scene that Stephanie and Sabrina appear in together, there is a clear mark in the film revealing how it was spliced together so they would both be in the shot. See more »


Sabrina Longworth: I like you, Richard. I like you alot. And sometimes, I even get pleasure from sleeping with you. A great deal of pleasure. But you don't own me; nobody owns me.
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The Princess and the Professor's Housewife
3 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an interesting take on 'The Prince and the Pauper.' Stephanie Powers stars as a bored and financially stressed housewife of a college professor (Barry Boswick) with rumors of taking liberties with his students.

Ironically we learn in an early scene that Boswick is actually one of the few professors NOT trading grades for sex.

Stephanie stressed for a vacation ends up celebrating her birthday with her twin Sabrina whom lives life in the fast and glamorous world of the rich Euro trash.

Just as in the original story, as the two share complaints about their lives the start to see the grass on the other side looking greener and decide to trade places. Stephanie will experience all the glitz and glamour of Europe, while Sabrina will return to the stable life of an American housewife and mother of two (Fairuza Balk and Tobey Maquire).

Also predictably the two learn to actually enjoy life on the other side. Sabrina ends up falling in love with Prof. Boswick and being the caring and involved mother Stephanie did not want to be.

Logically this plot shouldn't work. It's not like 'The Prince and the Pauper' or 'The Prisoner of Zenda' where coworkers/royal subjects could be easily duped. But children know knowing their own mother? A husband and boyfriends not noticing any differences in the bedroom? Surely they could not be so easily fooled.

The storyline really is very exciting and keeps you enthralled enough to hang on to every scene. I can't write any more without giving away some key plot twists. Just be assured the story takes some real twists.

Not so realistic is the scene where Sabrina finally tells Boswick the truth about her identity. Sure he's angry and kicks her out but realistically anyone else wouldn't be as nice. They'd throw her out the window or bury her in the backyard.

There's also a great performance be a young Fairuza Balk as Stephanie's daughter. A scene where she is teased and traumatically kicked out of the school play may be the childhood trauma which turned her into the Goth skinhead she's better known as in films like 'American History X.' Yes, that is Tobey Maquire as the son. Although IMDb and the open credits do no credit him. There's no doubt it is him.

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