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Coda (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  1 August 1987 (Australia)
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A maniac is stalking and killing female students at a university.


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Complete credited cast:
Penny Cook ...
Kate Martin
Arna-Maria Winchester ...
Dr. Steiner
Liddy Clark ...
Sally Reid
Olivia Hamnett ...
Det Sgt Turner
Mike Martin
Vivienne Greaves ...
Bob Newman ...
Adrian Shirley ...
Real Estate Agent
Hedley Cullen ...
Old Man at Opera
John Stoneham Sr. ...
Police Artist (as John Stoneham)
David Sadler ...
Student at Window
Celine Griffen ...
Hospital Nurse
Michael Norman ...
Detective (as Mike Norman)


This independent suspense-thriller is set in the hallowed grounds of academia. Mystery abounds after the murder of a music student when she falls to her death from a tower. Then a woman is hospitalized after an attack and the wrong man is arrested. But a masked phantom continues to stalk young female university students on the campus evoking a maniacal phantom of the opera. An Australian thriller in the Hitchcock tradition with references to Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Pic has a great music score by Frank Strangio and was lensed in the south of Adelaide at Flinders University. Written by Jamie Skinner

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A bizarre death. A telltale key. A living nightmare. See more »


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This film was originally intended for Theatrical release but was released straight to video and television instead. See more »


Serenade Opus 31 for Tenor Solo, Horn and Strings
Composed by Benjamin Britten
Used by kind permission of Boosey and Hawkes (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Performed by Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell and the London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Benjamin Britten
Used by kind permission of PolyGram Records Pty. Limited
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The Consistent but Not-Well-Oraganised
28 February 2003 | by (tokyo,japan) – See all my reviews

A music student, Kate Martin begins to personally investigate when her ex-husband, Mike becomes a suspect of attack upon a neighbour, Anna. Although Mike is definitely a primary suspect both Kate and Detective Sergeant Turner, who is officially in charge of the case, think Dr.Steiner, a lesbian teacher of not only Anna but also Kate, may know something important because she was the last person who met pre-attacked Anna. But out of their sights the attacker goes to the hospital where Anna is admitted... Although I admit it is truth that almost non-human movements of the masked attacker are, at least in some scenes, very weird and even horrible, it is difficult to say this film itself, of which visual and musical atmospheres are very similar to those of WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, is very good. This is partially because the whole story is so horizontal that there is no space for audience to enjoy his or her own detectiveness, and partially because the character of Sally, who helps Kate to investigate, is a meaninglessly non-stop talker and badly adds not well-organised half-comical quality to the latter half of the film.

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