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22 July 1989 (Canada) See more »
Seduction begins with a whisper. Murder ends with a scream.
A young girl who became frustrated in her desire to become an actress starts to work for a telephone-sex company... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Nadia Capone ... Gabrielle Robbins
Michael A. Miranda ... Frank Hernandez (as Silvio Oliviero)

Yaphet Kotto ... Jules Tallard
Lawrence Bayne ... Olwyn Peters
Michael Lebovic ... Tulio DeSana
Denise Ryan ... Mia Baker
Danny Wengle ... Bork

Soo Garay ... Mimi

Klea Scott ... Sasha
Lesley Kelly ... Delta (as Leslie Kelly)

Susan Hamann ... Blue Belle
Denise Daigle ... Paloma
Audrey Rose ... Tiger Rose
Annette Shaffer ... Ujena
Leanne Burton ... Leah
Teresa Hunt ... Tessa (Miss Nude World 1982 / 83) (as Tessa)
Darren Andrea ... Stefan
Wayne Downer ... Massimo
Robert Bergman ... Fez
Cheena Foster ... Video Gymnast (as Sheena Foster)
Allan Levine ... Cab Driver
Dennis Delfeato ... Bouncer
Anna Jefiah ... Bartender
Kate Alexander ... Waitress
Jennifer Graham ... Waitress
Cheryl Struzer ... Waitress
Mark W. Johnson ... Cop (as Mark Johnson)

Directed by
Robert Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bergman  writer
Jerry Ciccoritti  writer

Produced by
Jeffrey Barmash .... associate producer
Robert Bergman .... producer
Don Carmody .... producer
Jerry Ciccoritti .... producer
Allan Levine .... line producer
André Link .... executive producer
Original Music by
Barry Fasman 
Dana Walden 
Cinematography by
Paul White 
Film Editing by
Richard Bond 
Production Design by
Jerry Ciccoritti 
Art Direction by
Nicholas White 
Makeup Department
Helen Gregor .... assistant makeup artist
Andrea Sicova .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Allan Levine .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Crawford .... first assistant director
Sheldon Inkol .... second assistant director
Tom Willey .... third assistant director
Peter Szkoda .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Finlay .... camera operator
Colin Hoult .... assistant camera
Kevin LeBlanc .... second assistant camera (as Kevin Michael LeBlanc)
John Medland .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Corinne LaBorde .... wardrobe designer
Sheila Yeoman .... wardrobe designer
Editorial Department
Erika Goldthwaite .... negative cutter (as Erika Wolff)
Music Department
John Beal .... composer: additional source music
Philip Strong .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Maxine Heppner .... choreographer
Nancy Michalski .... continuity

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96 min
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Title Card:...We Muses put on wings and flew/from his towers to safety./King Pyneus, now driven mad, cried out,/"wherever you go I will follow."/He leaped and fell and stained the earth/with scattered bone and blood. - Ovid, The Metamorpheses
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A scream that fizzles out to less than a whisper., 19 July 2007
Author: FieCrier from Upstate New York

There's a number of movies and songs that use "a whisper to a scream," why is that? Is it a quote from something?

Gabrielle we first see dressed in wings as a muse, performing for Delta, who is some sort of video artist. Owen is an announcer and soundman for a strange strip club called Sybil's Cave, and while he has one of the strippers in his loft home, he observes her and takes her for an angel. He has the stripper first making sex sounds, then making strangled noises - it's while he's strangling her because she wasn't doing it well enough that he sees Gabrielle. He lets the stripper go with an apology; this is one of the plot holes, since why this stripper doesn't later suggest the guy as a suspect when two of her co-workers are murdered is a mystery.

Gabrielle's boyfriend is a very temperamental artist named Frank, who's not meeting with much success. She takes a job at a room off the changing room of Sybil's Cave where the women do side work as phone sex operators for a service they call Whispers. The club also has a night where it is a "postmodern cabaret" (!), but we don't see that. We do see the weird strip acts, one woman dressed as a tribal African doing an African-like dance, another as a football player, another as Aprodite splashing water in a bucket.

Owen sees Gabrielle at the club, and makes a call to the sex line. For some reason she decides to imitate the voice of the Southern belle stripper on the stage at that time. He then invites the belle to his loft to record her, and kills her. He uses the recordings to add to something he calls "Canticles" which he plays in the background during his calls to Gabrielle. Again, the first stripper heard that tape, so that was another clue she had that was ignored. The video box asks "does he know that all the voices belong to Gabrielle?" Well, yes, he does from the very start.

Gabrielle doesn't make the connection between her imitating a stripper's voice and those strippers being killed right after until practically the end. She also suspects her boyfriend Frank of being the killer, but doesn't say this to the police, because she's afraid they'd shoot him on sight (?).

With Delta's help, Gabrielle realizes the killer's odd poetry on the phone is from the Song of Solomon. Quite a lot of it is quoted in the movie, by Delta, by Gabrielle, and by Owen.

None too good. People into peculiar dance scenes or mediocre thrillers might like it.

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