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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Kenner / Bobbie King (as Stephanie Rascoe)
Don Kenner
Steven Fromholz ...
Roy Mercer (as Steve Fromholz)
Dana (as Laura Lane)
Matthew Sacks ...
Mr. Tony
Audeen Casey ...
Dr. Sterling
Steven Jay Hoey ...
Erin White ...
Katie Kenner
Terry Leeser ...
Vinnie DeStephano
Steve Garrett ...
Clerk at Vital Statistics
Dottie Mandel ...
Woman at Maildrop
James Buchanan ...
William Spurlock ...
Mr. Bernard
Tim Hatcher ...
Bill Duncan


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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Release Date:

28 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doppia personalità  »

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$371,313 (USA)

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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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Rape victim secretly creates a new person
23 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Positive I.D." is a very good neo-noir that held my interest from start to great finish. This movie is not burdened with overkill of exposition, but it provides enough that we know some of what's going on -- up to a point but not all. It shows us what a rape victim, the housewife, Stephanie Rascoe, is doing to create a newly identified person by assuming the name of a deceased person about her age (4 years younger) who has no relatives in the area. She amasses a Social Security number, a driver's license, credit cards, and so on. We learn about her assailant and his short jail sentence. We see Rascoe acting as a very different person in disguise rent a motel room, frequent a bar, drive a beat up car, dress and make up in a much more sexy way than her housewife persona. And we see her have an affair with the bartender with whom she has become friendly. We see her home life. But we are in good suspense because, unless we are very sharp, we will not know exactly why she has done this and what she's up to. We won't learn that until closer to the end of the story.

We do not see her enduring the rape, but we do see a woman in bad shape a year after the event. She surely has our sympathy. The pacing is not slow; it's always showing relevant action and characterizations of her life and the people around her, like her husband, a neighbor who wants her husband who might be unfaithful, a demeaning psychiatrist, and a real estate employer who doesn't exhibit the milk of human kindness. In fact, the pity of those around here becomes a kind of superiority. The screenplay doesn't have a big amount of violent action, but that doesn't mean it's slow. One reviewer didn't seem to understand that the bar is owned by a connected man and that this explains why the bartender might be an undercover agent.

Rascoe's self-administered therapy was to assume a new identity for a purpose, giving her a goal in life, even if it was revenge. Her array of pills hadn't helped. Her husband's love and devotion hadn't helped.

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