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Spellbinder (1988)

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A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful young woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past.

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Jeff Mills (as Timothy Daly)
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Miranda Reed
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Derek Clayton
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Mrs. White
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Aldys
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Grace Woods
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Lt. Lee
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Tim Weatherly (as James Louis Watkins)
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Herbie Green (as Kyle Heffner)
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Brock
Sally Kemp ...
Marilyn DeWitt
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Edgar DeWitt
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Simmons
Karen Elise Baldwin ...
Mona (as Karen Baldwin)
Roderick Cook ...
Ed Kennerle
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When Los Angeles lawyer Jeff Mills and his friend Derek Clayton rescue a beautiful young woman from an apparently abusive boyfriend, the trouble starts. Jeff unknowing becomes involved with Miranda Reed and the web of intrigue that follows her. But as the two became lovers, Jeff learns that Miranda is on the run from the witches coven (to which she belongs). Miranda tells Jeff of her situation, but not the entire truth, and Jeff willingly helps Miranda out of her troubles, but creates his own. Written by Jeff Smee

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A nightmare of illusion and betrayal. See more »


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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Witching Hour  »

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$1,938,049 (USA)
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Quotes

Mrs. White: [referring to Miranda] We want her back.
Jeff Mills: What is this, some kind of joke?
Mrs. White: Take this as a warning. There won't be another.
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Blind Alley
Words and Music by Gary Wright
Performed by Gary Wright
Courtesy of Cypress Records, Inc. and Almo Music Corp.
(Scene Deleted. Not Used in Final Film)
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A BRILLIANT EXERCISE IN DARKNESS
19 December 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Spellbinder," set in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, is one of the most intelligent horror films of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the very best made in the 1980s. Tim Daly plays Jeff Mills, a decent, hardworking, old-fashioned lawyer from the midwest who believes he'll never find love. One night, he rescues a beautiful woman (Kelly Preston) from being beaten up by her boyfriend. Falling under her spell, Jeff is plunged into a world of witchcraft (no political correctness here)and Satanic cults, with an ending that will haunt you long after the television has been switched off. The acting in this film is superb (Audra Lindley's performance as Miranda's terrifying mother alone is worth the price of this rental). Due in large part to the wonderful script and story, "Spellbinder" succeeds in perfectly walking that fine line between classic horror and psychological horror. I can't recommend this film highly enough. If ever a film deserved wider exposure, it's this one. I can't wait for the DVD.


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