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Mesmerized (1985)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  31 December 1986 (USA)
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An orphaned New Zealand girl married to an older, wealthy businessman learns to deal with his strange sexual desires.

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Victoria
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Oliver Thompson
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Wilson
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George
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Old Thompson
Phillip Holder ...
Dr. Finch (as Philip Holder)
Beryl Te Wiata ...
Mrs. Simmons
Reg Evans ...
Mr. Simmons
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Burley
Don Selwyn ...
Joseph
Derek Hardwick ...
Longwood
George Spoors ...
Lawyer
Bob Gould ...
Judge
Jonathan Elsom ...
Public Prosecutor
Norman Fairley ...
Bailiff
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An orphaned New Zealand girl married to an older, wealthy businessman learns to deal with his strange sexual desires.

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The final cinema film of Harry Andrews. See more »

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Judge: Order in court! Council for the defense of Mrs. Victoria Thompson: Thomas Longwood, MP.
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Un-mesmerizing mess
9 January 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

One of Jodie Foster's post-Yale disasters (she flailed about in the mid-'80s, trying to find her footing before "The Accused" in 1988 got her on the right path). Young woman at the turn of the century arrives in New Zealand as the arranged bride for a man who turns out to be demented (and with bad teeth); in the second act, the husband dies and the wife stands accused. I have rarely seen a film that looked so unlike what it was trying to capture, with ugly, dulled-out color, poor lighting and ungainly costumes. Foster is a beautiful young woman, but she's hidden here behind an unattractive coif, speaking in a tuneless monotone. John Lithgow plays the unfortunate husband, but there wasn't much (if anything) the actor could do with this villainous rotter, the part being so pre-conceived. The sequence involving the extraction of Lithgow's teeth is excruciating and should clear a room faster than a fire alarm. An ungodly bore, "Mesmerized" was surprisingly co-produced by Foster, who later blamed the whole mess on the careless post-production editing. NO STARS from ****


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