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Lady Beware (1987)

Young and good looking Katya, a window dresser for a big department store in Pittsburgh, begins a love story with a journalist, Mac Odell. She is however stalked by Jack, a married man who ... See full summary »

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Jack Price
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Mac Odell
Tyra Ferrell ...
Nan
Peter Nevargic ...
Lionel
Edward Penn ...
Mr. Thayer
Chelsea Benedict ...
Chelsea Price
Don Brockett ...
Locksmith
David Crawford ...
Katya's Father
Maria Barney ...
Female Patient
Clayton Hill ...
Policeman #1 (as Clayton D. Hill)
Angela Rosignalo Jones ...
Inez - Little Girl
Raymond Laine ...
Doctor
Zachary Mott ...
Printer (as Zack Mott)
Kathleen Murray ...
Mrs. Thayer
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Young and good looking Katya, a window dresser for a big department store in Pittsburgh, begins a love story with a journalist, Mac Odell. She is however stalked by Jack, a married man who has a fixation with her. Jack makes Katya's life hellish and when the girl tells his wife about him he becomes wild with fury having been exposed and goes to the store to kill her... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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All'improvviso uno sconosciuto  »

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Director Karen Arthur disowned (and nearly took her name off of) the finished film. Against her wishes, the studio re-edited the film to show more nudity on the part of Diane Lane. In addition, the studio minimized Cotter Smith's performance, and all scenes with Viveca Lindfors were eliminated; both actors played characters integral to the plot, and these eliminations made the film more confusing. See more »

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When Katya is hiding in Dr Price's office she drops a garter and we see a right hand reaching for it. In the next shot she is pulling her left hand away. See more »

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More a dream than a drama
5 September 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

While it isn't an especially good movie, and while it has no obvious significance, "Lady Beware" has a way of lingering in the memory. Perhaps it's because of its gray, subdued, dream-like quality -- like one of those visions you can only half-remember when you wake up but which you find yourself thinking back on during the course of the day.

Because of this dreamy, sleep-walking quality, the movie's lapses in logic and plausibility don't really count. In fact, they only add to the effect.

The plot seems to deal with a somewhat-repressed young woman named Katya who acts out her sexual fantasies through designing window displays at a department store. These displays attract the attention of a pervert named Jack who thinks he finds in Katya a kindred spirit. The script, however, never clarifies this connection so those looking for a sensible, no-loose-ends story will probable not be satisfied. However, the script's refusal to resort to a typical "slasher movie" ending is a definite plus.

Yes, Diane Lane has a notable topless scene, but leading men Michael Woods and Cotter Smith bare their nipples as well. Their torsos conform to Hollywood's usual notion that masculinity is dangerous. Woods, the "bad guy," has a chest covered with virile, black hair whereas Smith, "the good guy," has a smooth, hairless chest which has a boyish, almost feminine look.

Woods, (sometimes confused with the Michael J. Woods who is brother to actor James Woods), seemed to be on the verge here of a major career which, curiously, never developed. He seems too much like a handsome movie-star to be the pervert he portrays but, once again, this fits into the movie's dream-fantasy motif. In his best-remembered scene, he dances around Diane Lane's empty apartment wearing only a bath towel which threatens to gape open, and while one can almost sense the actor's embarrassment at having to do this scene, (his movements are laughably amateurish), one can't deny his sexual appeal.


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