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Hamberger
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Jane Mallory / Sharon Burton
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Alex Burton
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Detective Paul Lefferts (as Joseph Cortese)
Michael Wilding Jr. ...
Costillion
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Burton Impostor
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Gloria Reid
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Nancy Costillion
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Crazy Man in Gun Bureau (as Joe Spinnel)
Harriet Rogers ...
Mrs. Bains
George Loros ...
Levante
Charlie Malcolm ...
Assistant District Attorney
Thom Curley ...
Wexler
Richard Triggs ...
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A stranger pays Billy Dee Williams to kill his wife. But instead Billy, who is a Private Detective, tells the wife her husband tried to do. When she turns up dead anyway, Billy is suspected. Hopefully with the assistance of his secretary/girlfriend he can solve the case before the police catch up to him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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If the killer isn't really a killer... and his victim isn't really a victim... why do people keep turning up dead? See more »


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16 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Love You to Death  »

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$626,724 (USA)
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Director Larry Cohen started the film, was fired halfway through it and replaced by William Tannen. See more »

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Hamberger: Everybody's kicking my ass today.
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Referenced in Shakedown (1988) See more »

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It's deadly, because you'll die of boredom.
12 December 2002 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Those of you who remember Morgan Fairchild in "Paper Dolls" as "Racine" will note how similar she is in this role. She's a beautiful model agency owner. Imagine that? What a stretch. She looks lovely behind the desk contemplating sexy bad girl deeds while tapping her glamour length nails on the fancy desk. It's been done before, many times. Vanity plays, lets face it, herself. She walks about in dazzling hot outfits, she looks beautiful, she's sassy in her double-entendre way. Unfortunately, those things aren't enough to invest a movie's worth of time to watch this stinker. I saw this movie at the Mann Chinese theatre in Hollywood. Even so, the theatre's historic aura wasn't enough to keep me happy to be there. I wanted to leave, but I stayed, hoping for something original to happen. I waited, and waited... There is no Vanity song performance in this movie, sadly. There is an illusion referred to in this movie, thus the title. I wasn't deceived, and I wasn't surprised. I remember the luster of Morgan Fairchild's image during the 80's. If you are a die hard Vanity or Morgan Fairchild fan, rent the movie to say you have. If not, don't bother with DUD-ly Illusion.


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