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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

The hairdresser, wife and mother Cynthia Kellogg is in police department being interrogated by the experienced detective John Woods and his partner, Detective Linda Nealon. Through ... See full summary »

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Arthur Kellogg
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Det. John Woods
Billie Neal ...
Det. Linda Nealon
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Dominic, Joyce's Father
Karen Shallo ...
Gloria, James' Mother
Crystal Field ...
Jeanette, Joyce's Mother
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Aunt Rita (as Maryanne Leone)
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Usher (as Marc Tantillo)
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Pat - Cynthia's Mother
Christopher Scotellaro ...
Joey, James' Brother
Ron J. Amodea ...
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Leonid Merzon ...
Yuri
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The hairdresser, wife and mother Cynthia Kellogg is in police department being interrogated by the experienced detective John Woods and his partner, Detective Linda Nealon. Through flashbacks, she reveals how her best friend and colleague Joyce Urbanski married the scum and nasty James Urbanski; how hard Joyce's life with James was; and why Joyce became a criminal. The smart detective finds some contradictions in her statement and presses Cynthia, trying to disclose the truth of two murders. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Murder is a secret that should never be shared.

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

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19 April 1991 (USA)  »

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Pensamientos mortales  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,018,321 (USA)
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The film's title refers to Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' (Act I, Scene 5), in which Lady Macbeth invokes the powers of darkness in preparation for committing murder: "Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty..." See more »

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Camera crew reflected in the van when Joey drives away from Cynthia. See more »

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James: Where's Mr. Morehead?
Joyce: Who?
James: You know, Mr Morehead.
Joyce: Who's that?
James: Arthur, got more head than hair.
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Great Cult Classic
18 June 2016 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

Alan Rudoph started out as something of a protégé of Altman's in the 1970's, assistant directing on The Long Goodbye, California Split and Nashville. Since then he's made a good number of movies of his own that, from what I've seen, tend to be rather uncommercial, slow, serious, painstakingly realistic, sometimes maybe a little dull, but often very interesting films. This is certainly a high point, very interesting indeed and very far from dull. It's a really first rate crime story comprising a long conversation between a detective, played by Harvey Keitel and the central character Cynthia, played by Demi Moore in one of her best performances. The story she has to tell is relayed to us in flashback and deals with her best friend Joyce (Glenne Headly, another excellent performance) and her truly horrible, brutal bully of a husband James (Bruce Willis, also excellent - hateful and frightening but very believable); how Joyce always liked to fantasize about killing James off; how one day he does indeed end up dead; how they agree to lose the body and say nothing to anyone, how their relationship then bends and breaks under the strain; and what happens next.

The film however does have one major flaw. After slowly revealing its cards with tense interrogation scenes the ending is a complete cop out. Without giving anything away, I will say that after working so hard on revealing the facts in the detective's questioning, the truth is unveiled by us seeing the thoughts of one of the major characters. This is not only cheating, but it also leaves a second major crime unresolved. Despite this, I highly recommend you see this film.

Overall rating: 8 out of 10.


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