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Extremities (1986)

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A woman takes revenge on the man who invades her home and tries to rape her.



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Complete credited cast:
Officer Sudow
Officer #1
Officer #2
Woman on Phone (voice)
Enid Kent ...
Mother at Police Station
Michael Hennessy ...
Pizza Man
Danika Hendrickson ...
Joe's Daughter
Clare Wren ...
Racquetball Player
Security Guard


An intended rape victim manages to escape from her attacker but leaves her purse behind. Worried that he may visit her house and finish what he has started, she contacts the police but they are unable to help, saying that she has no proof. "If he calls, let us know and we'll send a man round!" A fat load of good that would be. Her worst fears are realised when, alone one day in the house, her attacker visits and attempts again to rape her. Circumstances allow her not only to resist the attack but to turn the tables and lock him away. And that is where her dilemma really starts. Does she release him and risk another attack? Does she go to the police and risk being called a liar? Or does she kill him - and become as low as him? Written by Rhino <>

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When Fear Made Her a Victim, She Turned Fear Into a Weapon See more »


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22 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acorralada  »

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$13,418,091 (USA)

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Interviews with Farrah stated that during filming they really slapped each other just like they did on stage for realness. Also in the stage production they had to have guards on hand because the violence would be so real they would try to jump up on stage and help Farrah. See more »


About 20 min into the film when Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett) is digging in the garden she is wearing loafers on her feet but in the next scene she is wearing thongs (flip-flops) See more »


Terry: [Pat is taking Joe out of the fireplace and helping him into a chair] Pat, I'd be careful.
Joe: [grateful] God bless you.
Joe: [Pat applies a washcloth and water to Joe's eye] Oh, God... is it bad?
Joe: [Pat nods] Am I going to go blind?
Patricia: I don't know.
Joe: What?
Patricia: I don't know!
Joe: [begging and obviously frightened] Please take me to a hospital.
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High level rape film, a winner for our late Farrah
13 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Extremities is a story of a man, overwhelmed with guilt, one that has proved to be fatal, turning him killer. When first learning of this film, back at the start of '87, I thought it was just about some psycho getting his kicks, raping women. Little did I know. Our rapist, Joe has already raped a score of women and disposed of em'. Only his latest, Marjorie (Fawcett in a great dramatic performance) has managed to escape when first car jacked and driven to a deserted underpass. Marjorie explains her situation to the police, none too helpful, where the police woman tells her straight, there's a chance he could get off. Farrah's even mistaken for a hooker by a young cop, who interrupts the not so progressing well conversation. She leaves, irate, and by not signing this certain form, the cops can't take action. The rapist has got her wallet with her id, so we know what's gonna ensue. We too see Joe, has a family where he has been kept pretty faceless up to this point. When he's in his little shed, examining Farrah's id, his cute little daughter knocks on the glass, informing him, dinner's almost ready. So now with Farrah, it's a waiting game. Her two housemates, Patti and Terri, have been informed of the situation. Even when the pizza guy, comes delivering a meal, Farrah is rather surly, when he asks if the three of them live together, which is understandable. Then days later, low and behold, a man freely enters her house, asking after a Joe. And from here, the real drama and suspense begins, claustrophobic, one would say, as Russo, great here, gets quite physical and cruel, at one point almost threatening to toss a pan of burnt bacon onto her. He also examines her particulars, even making opportunity to indulge in some forced sex, cause in reality, there's no way in hell, she'd go out with this creep of low class status. Keeping with the stage play, she finally turns the tables on the attacker, after luring him on, when on top of her, falsely. She then sprays his eyes with insecticide, cracks a hot glass kettle of coffee over his head, before strangling him and barricading him in a fireplace, from which there is no escape. Not much sooner does her two friends return from work and cross this scene of madness. The two do not agree with her illogical plan of murder, which too could be seen as logical, if this madman gets off. We do weigh these real life options. Scarwid, a great character actress, brings an effervescent, quirky and sexy character as Terri, while the more mature Woodard, gives a very humane and real performance, I liked. She's the only one showing compassion to the not so healthy looking Russo. Farrah at one point, who's taken enough of her, says "Why don't you just f..k him. That'll make him feel better". Extremities is a real film of real situations and choices. Even near the end, Scarwid chooses to stay with Russo, when Farrah and co, get the cops, warming up to him some, as hearing his reasons. One particular moment with Farrah running her knife down Russo's lower region, may make you flinch. This is a great dramatic film, that I wouldn't suggest a rape victim should watch. It's all too real, as are the performances, and I'm not just talking the mains. You will feel pretty washed out at the end of this, too, as in these claustrophobic movies. The up tempo music score, at it's opening is all so unfitting though, even though I liked it a lot, so.

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