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(1988)

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In 1989, the movie was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best (Mystery) Motion Picture.
The make and model of the sports car that was a gift from Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) to Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) was a red 308 GTSi Ferrari.
Final Hollywood cinema movie [to date, June 2013] directed by American-born French director Bob Swaim.
The movie, set in the Hamptons / The Hampton Islands, was, except for the New York set scenes, filmed entirely in Long Island where it is actually located.
The value of the estate that Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) was heiress to was US $200 million.
The names of the two yachts in the boat race at the start of the film were "Cannonaball" and "Obsession". The latter was the name of the vessel that Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) captained, its Reg No being # 40704. The name of the sloop that heiress Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) owned was "Masquerade".
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The picture was filmed during April, May, June and the 1st of July 1987.
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The film was selected to screen at the Deauville Film Festival in September 1988.
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Director Bob Swaim was hired to direct this American mystery-suspense movie after having directed the critically acclaimed French thriller La balance (1982).
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A television version exists where there is extra footage. First, there is a much longer conversation between Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) and Brooke Morrison (Kim Cattrall) in bed in which they discuss her numerous affairs with other men. Second, Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) discusses with Tim about their past summer before they met. This scene is in her Manhattan apartment either before or after Olivia's meeting with her attorneys. And lastly, Olivia approaches Tim overlooking the window and starts to kiss him passionately.
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The film's main movie poster featured a text blurb that read: "An heiress. A hustler. A setup. A murder. Masquerade. It's not a game anymore".
According to Allmovie, the film was "inspired in plot by the film noir classics of the '40s". So was the earlier movie Body Heat (1981). Composer 'John Barry' scored both films.
This movie was a pre-Sex and the City (1998) role for actress Kim Cattrall, seen topless in the movie, and whose wife of a boat club owner having an affair with gigolo Rob Lowe consolidated a screen persona for her that contributed to her being cast in the TV series.
One of three 1980s thrillers starring actress Meg Tilly, all of which featured the actress' eroticism. The movies included Impulse (1984), Psycho II (1983) and Masquerade (1988).
The film's "Masquerade" title refers to the false show or pretense that represents the foggy and unclear hidden motives of certain characters in this suspense-mystery. "Masquerade" is also the name of the boat owned by Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly).
One of two 1988 movies starring Rob Lowe. The other film was Illegally Yours (1988).
One of two 1988 films starring Meg Tilly. The other movie was The Girl in a Swing (1988).

Cameo 

Dick Wolf:  The film's writer as Sedgewick.

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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This 1980s film noir was scored by John Barry who had previously scored another, Body Heat (1981). In the finale of Masquerade (1988), a boat is blown up, similarly, in the other film, the climax has a boat-house exploded. Both explosions feature in both film's denouements.
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