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Positive I.D. (1986)

A plain suburban housewife, the past victim of a brutal assault, is still having trouble coping with the incident a year later. After seeing a story on the evening news, however, she ... See full summary »

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Julie Kenner / Bobbie King (as Stephanie Rascoe)
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Don Kenner
Steven Fromholz ...
Roy Mercer (as Steve Fromholz)
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Dana (as Laura Lane)
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Melissa
Matthew Sacks ...
Mr. Tony
Audeen Casey ...
Dr. Sterling
Steven Jay Hoey ...
Johnny
Erin White ...
Katie Kenner
Terry Leeser ...
Vinnie DeStephano
Steve Garrett ...
Clerk at Vital Statistics
Dottie Mandel ...
Woman at Maildrop
James Buchanan ...
Pawnbroker
William Spurlock ...
Mr. Bernard
Tim Hatcher ...
Bill Duncan
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A plain suburban housewife, the past victim of a brutal assault, is still having trouble coping with the incident a year later. After seeing a story on the evening news, however, she mysteriously begins to assemble an alternate identity, unknown to her family or friends. Written by Steve Cain <stevec@crss.esy.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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28 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Doppia personalità  »

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$371,313
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1.66 : 1
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Identity thief Lori Erica Ruff is thought to have learned how to assume the idea of a dead person by watching this film. See more »

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"Above all this film is dedicated to the crew. They made it....the hard way." See more »

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Impressive
12 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Although this feels like a low-budget TV movie that you might find on a cable channel late at night, it is far more compelling and realistic than its adherence to that much maligned formula suggests. In fact, it is everything a TV movie is not: gritty, urban, slow-paced but suspenseful, engrossing yet unsentimental.

The actors, mostly unknowns, do a fine job, especially Stephanie Rascoe as the misunderstood housewife heroine who takes the law and her own identity into places she never thought possible.

Interstingly enough, the most compelling aspect of the film is the theme of identity. As a housewives, Rascoe's character is often seen engulfed by domestic chores, unable to get over her brutal attack. However, as her assumed identity, she becomes somebody else - a modern day femme fatale type that sits uneasily with the portrayal of simmering domestic inertia previously shown in the film. The ending is still shocking today and one of the most dramatic films you are likely to see. A minor gem.


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