For her newest sculpture artist Lily has an unusual idea: During the exhibit she wants to play anonymous apologies. She sets up an answering machine on a special phone line and publicly ... See full summary »



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For her newest sculpture artist Lily has an unusual idea: During the exhibit she wants to play anonymous apologies. She sets up an answering machine on a special phone line and publicly invites people to call. But soon she gets more dramatic calls than expected: she attracts a psychopath serial killer who uses her project to confess and announce his crimes. At first she doesn't believe he's authentic, but Detective Hungate urges her to give the tapes to analysis. Since both Hungate and the killer seem to develop a crush on her, it quickly becomes personal... Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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An experiment in art leads to an experience in terror...




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27 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Apology - Tödliches Geständnis  »

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Claude: Hi Claude again... You remember I told you about my cousin when I was 15... Well the year after that I killed this kid Louie... bashed his head in with my Louieville slugger ha ha ha... I got away with it... ha ha... but, ah... I wanna apologize to Louie... I'm sorry Louie... ha ha ha...
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Alone In The Night (title song)
Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Bill Champlin
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Lesley & Peter - GOOD! Edited for further comments---
2 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the first movies I taped off HBO back in 1986. I just had so much fun with Leslie Ann Warren and Peter Weller and their repartee. They really did have good chemistry together. In fact, I enjoyed that part so much, I wish it had been a bigger part of the film.

The night streets of New York, wet and litter strewn, lends a certain noirish feel to the film. And the music score is very good and evocative.

The story is of an artist who sets up an answering machine to record people who call in to make an 'apology' for something they have done in their lives, and then becomes enmeshed with a madman who kills people but always says he's sorry on her machine.

The ending is a little gruesome, as are each of the murders, but I was caught up in the artist community and the film has been a favorite of mine ever since I first taped it. 8/10

Edited to update and add comments 9/18/08 Jane

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