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Deceived (1991)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 27 September 1991 (USA)
A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Damon Redfern ...
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Charles Kassatly ...
Waiter
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Adrienne's Mother
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Adrienne's Father
Maia Filar ...
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Harvey
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Tomasz
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Ellen
Heidi von Palleske ...
Mrs. Peabody
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Det. Kinsella
Peter Stevens ...
Ron
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A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's past, developments that lead her to believe she has been deceived. Written by Joseph Toscano <shumjt@aol.com>

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Haar leven leek perfect maar die gedachte was levensgevaarlijk! (Dutch) Her life seemed perfect but that thought was life threatening!

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27 September 1991 (USA)  »

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El engaño  »

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$28,738,096 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Final film appearance of Oscar-winning actress Beatrice Straight as Goldie Hawn's mother. However, she only appears in the film for five seconds, seen in the background and out of focus as a guest in Adrienne's daughter's birthday party. Her scenes were presumably cut. See more »

Goofs

After Adrienne puts down Jack's/Daniel's wedding portrait, she covers it when she opens the photo album. When she pushes all the pictures off the table, the portrait isn't covered. See more »

Quotes

Adrienne Saunders: I- I really do apologize, I wouldn't bother you normally, but I just have to have that necklace tonight.
Carol Gingold: No! She said I could have this!
Mrs. Gingold: I know, honey, but the necklace isn't a toy, and...
Carol Gingold: Daddy!
[runs from the room]
Carol Gingold: She said I could have it, and now she wants it back!
Mr. Gingold: This is very confusing for Carol, Mrs. Saunders.
Adrienne Saunders: I'm sure it is Mr. Gingold, but this happens to be a very valuable piece of jewelry.
Mr. Gingold: I know how you feel, Carol. It's very confusing when grown-ups do things that aren't fair.
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Soundtracks

Ka Mate
(uncredited)
Composed by Te Rauparaha
Performed by the Maori War Dancers
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Deception in your diet sir?
25 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Deceived is directed by Damian Harris and written by Mary Agnes Donoghue & Bruce Joel Rubin. It stars Goldie Hawn & John Heard with music by Thomas Newman and Cinematography from Jack N. Green. Plot sees Hawn as a New York art restorer who finds her world is not as it seems after the unexpected death of her husband (Heard).

Effective "straight" acting from Hawn in a so so thriller that promises more than it delivers. That Harris' movie never succeeds where other similar themed thrillers have is down to the unadventurous script. Which is a shame because tonally, visually and aurally the film is a triumph. There's a heavy weight of familiarity that hangs over the piece and we yearn for the story to step up a grade and give us something new. We can accept implausibilities, some of which are just stupid here, if the story takes us in an unexpected direction, sadly Deceived reverts to type right down to the cat & mouser chase finale that closes with complete absurdity.

As "Sleeping With The Enemy" proved (released the same year as Deceived), there is, and always will be, a market for well budgeted thrillers. Particually when led by good female character actors. Yet Deceived commits one of the ultimate sins against a supposed "heroine" character, it makes her look, well, dopey. The little twists and turns have a Hitchcockian feel to them, but they just come off as contrived. Thus as Hawn goes about unravelling the mystery that's come about after the can of worms is opened, the shock value is mostly tepid.

Great scoring from Newman and atmospheric photography from Green help to create the illusion this is a better film than it actually is. Even Heard deserves a pat on the back for managing to not let the script bog his acting down as he makes the character work. But this is mostly forgettable stuff and can't be recommended with confidence. 5/10


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