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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  19 April 1991 (USA)
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Cynthia comes forward to talk to detective John about the murder of her best friend's husband. The story is told as a series of flashbacks... James was a bullying, verbally and physically ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Urbanski
Arthur Kellogg
Det. John Woods
Billie Neal ...
Det. Linda Nealon
Dominic, Joyce's Father
Karen Shallo ...
Gloria, James' Mother
Crystal Field ...
Jeanette, Joyce's Mother
Aunt Rita (as Maryanne Leone)
Usher (as Marc Tantillo)
Pat - Cynthia's Mother
Christopher Scotellaro ...
Joey, James' Brother
Ron J. Amodea ...
Band Leader
Leonid Merzon ...


Cynthia comes forward to talk to detective John about the murder of her best friend's husband. The story is told as a series of flashbacks... James was a bullying, verbally and physically abusive husband. His wife Joyce has, on a number of occasions, expressed her intention to kill him. One night when all three are at the fair, Joyce has a row with James, and Cynthia helps James back to the van. But later he was found dead... Written by Sami Al-Taher <>

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Murder is a secret that should never be shared.


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, momentary violence, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pensamientos mortales  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$19,018,321 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robin Wright was considered for the role of Cynthia Kellogg. See more »


While Cynthia and Arthur are alone in the house arguing about the murder, you can briefly see a person in a white t-shirt (not a character in the movie) sitting to the left in the dark in the room behind Arthur. See more »


James: You take a pencil, a piece of paper, S-U-G-E-R, this is what we need.
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Remade as Anything That Moves (1992) See more »


By Billy Joel
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a well meaning, well acted and constructive thriller.
14 July 2003 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

with an impressive cast, intelligent dialogue (some improvised) and characters that are commendably well drawn; altman protege director alan rudolph should be commended for making a watchable and thought provoking movie on the subject of marital physical abuse and the retributions of such a hideous and despicable act. the plot mainly revolves around the relationship of a typical working class new jersey couple played by the then married bruce willis and demi moore. all of the situations and characters are totally believable and down to earth unlike other movies on this subject which i think make this head and shoulders above the rest. sterling supporting performances are also given by harvey keitel as the investigating officer and glen headley as demi moore's friend. the flashback sequences are particularly well done and effective and in no way affect the overall tension which is expertly handled throughout and which constantly keeps the viewer on their toes. a movie to be treasured!

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What ethnicity are they supposed to be? Missyrocks
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