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16 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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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Billy Dee Williams ... Hamberger

Vanity ... Rina

Morgan Fairchild ... Jane Mallory / Sharon Burton

John Beck ... Alex Burton

Joe Cortese ... Detective Paul Lefferts (as Joseph Cortese)
Michael Wilding Jr. ... Costillion
Dennis Hallahan ... Burton Impostor
Jenny Cornuelle ... Gloria Reid
Allison Woodward ... Nancy Costillion

Joe Spinell ... 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 ... Toll Booth Attendant
Joe Cirillo ... Cop in Gun Bureau
Julie Gordon ... Receptionist #1

Marcy Kaplan ... Receptionist #2
Don Torres ... Man at New Year's Eve Party

Debbie Dickinson ... Woman on Phone
Michael Emil ... Medical examiner
Rosemary De Angelis ... Woman Applicant

Alice Spivak ... Woman Applicant
French Napier ... Three-Card Monte Dealer
J.W. Walsh ... Man at Gun Bureau

Clent Bowers ... First Clerk
David Holbrook ... Second Clerk
Everett Quinton ... Third Clerk
John Woehrle ... Boardroom Executive
Jim Kane ... Boardroom Executive

John Patrick McLaughlin ... Boardroom Executive (as Jack McLaughlin)
John Means ... Boardroom Executive
Nick Smith ... Security Guard
Carmine Foresta ... Shea Stadium Security Guard
Kathryn Leigh-Davis ... Mademoiselle Reporter
Dalton Dearborn ... Restaurant Host
Al Cerrillo ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Conway ... Girl in Bank (uncredited)

Tony D. Head ... Willie (uncredited)
Margot Jordan ... Gun Permit Clerk (uncredited)

Frank Patton ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
William Tannen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Cohen 

Produced by
Bill Elliott .... associate producer
Irwin Meyer .... producer
Steve Mirkovich .... associate producer
Michael Shapiro .... executive producer
Rodney Sheldon .... executive producer
Michael Tadross .... associate producer
Original Music by
Patrick Gleeson 
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl 
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Ron Spang 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo 
Art Direction by
Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury 
Marina Zurkow 
Makeup Department
Craig Lyman .... makeup department head
Craig Lyman .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Tadross .... assistant director
Sound Department
David Pastecchi .... sound mixer
Mark Weingarten .... boom operator
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound
Orestes Matacena .... boom operator (uncredited)
Danny Aiello III .... stunts (as Danny Aiello II)
Denise Amirante .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Ursula Canci .... stunts (as Urusla Canci)
Mike Christopher .... stunts (as Michael Christopher)
Cliff Cudney .... stunts (as Cliff Cydney)
Norman Douglass .... stunts (as Norman Douglas)
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Anthoney Ellis .... stunts (as Anthony Ellis)
Michael Estler .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Katherine B. Flusk .... stunts (as Kathie Flesk)
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Bernie Johnson .... stunts (as C. Bernie Johnson)
Erik Koniger .... stunts
Robert Lee .... stunts (as Robert E. Lee)
Jim Lovelett .... stunts (as James Lovelett)
Edgard Mourino .... stunts (as Edger L. Mourino)
Phil Neilson .... stunts (as Phil Nielsen)
Frank Patton .... stunts
Sandy Richman .... stunts
Richard Romero .... stunts (as Rick Romero)
Michael Russo .... stunts
Drew Stanley .... stunts
Lynn Walsh .... stunts
Rick Washburn .... helicopter/hitman
Louise Woolf .... stunts
Tom Wright .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aurichio .... assistant camera
Charlie McNamara .... electrician
John Joseph Minardi .... best boy grip
Location Management
Robert Rothbard .... location manager
Michael Thomas .... location manager
Other crew
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Bart Wenrich .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Love You to Death" - USA (alternative title)
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87 min
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Director Larry Cohen started the film, was fired halfway through it and replaced by William Tannen.See more »
Hamberger:Everybody's kicking my ass today.See more »
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Referenced in Shakedown (1988)See more »


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4 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
It's deadly, because you'll die of boredom., 12 December 2002
Author: anthonyfeather from Hollywood, CA

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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