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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

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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 ... 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 ...


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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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$19,018,321 (USA)

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


Camera crew reflected in the van when Joey drives away from Cynthia. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) See more »


By Billy Joel
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Well-done mystery/character-study doomed by that terrible title!
7 April 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Two best friends who work together in a beauty salon are involved in the death of one's abusive husband; police investigate and question the girls, but get conflicting stories. Anytime talk gets around to the career of Demi Moore, inevitably someone else will ask, "What was the name of that movie where Bruce Willis got killed and she played the beautician?" This picture got seen, but not by many, and that's a shame because it's effectively stylish, creepy and perceptive. Moore and Glenne Headly (in her best performance yet) are amazing, and Willis is excellent too in support. Lots of quiet tension and unease that brings about a palpable feeling of menace and suspense. I found it quite impressive. *** from ****

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