5.7/10
7,070
39 user 19 critic

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 »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sunset (1988)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell
Blind Date (1987)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Walter Davis is a workaholic. His attention is all to his work and very little to his personal life or appearance. Now he needs a date to take to his company's business dinner with a new ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Kim Basinger, Bruce Willis, John Larroquette
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jane March, Rubén Blades
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A clairvoyant thinks she's met her husband to be because she's seen him in her dreams. They marry quickly, and return to the husband's ("the butcher"), home in the city. She has a big ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Hughes
Stars: Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, George Dzundza
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Loren Dean
In Country (1989)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Emily Lloyd, Bruce Willis, Joan Allen
The Juror (1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When Annie Laird is selected as a juror in a big Mafia trial, she is forced by someone known as "The Teacher" to persuade the other jurors to vote "not guilty". He threatens to kill her son... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A cat burglar is forced to steal Da Vinci works of art for a world domination plot.

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Bruce Willis, Miko Hughes, Alec Baldwin
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Yuri
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Murder is a secret that should never be shared.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pensamientos mortales  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,018,321 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original director Claude Kerven was fired before filming began and was eventually replaced by Alan Rudolph. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

James: You take a pencil, a piece of paper, S-U-G-E-R, this is what we need.
See more »

Connections

Features Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
By Billy Joel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very Ordinary Suspects
28 March 2005 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Bryan Singer's 'The Usual Suspects' was itself a rather unusual thriller: almost the entire plot consisted of a criminal suspect telling the police a lie. By literally representing the character's words in images, the film exploited the trust that any movie-watcher has to put in what they see; the very concept of cinema only works if the audience can believe their own eyes, so it's a somewhat underhand trick to take advantage of this. But 'The Usual Suspects' nonetheless worked as a film, for three reasons. Firstly, the lie was extraordinarily entertaining in itself. Secondly, it's essentially falsity was brilliantly revealed. And thirdly, this revelation forced the viewer to reconsider everything they had seen in the film. If all movies were like this, cinema would die, but as an isolated film, it definitely made the grade.

Alan Rudolph's curiously named 'Mortal Thoughts' (surely "morbid thoughts" are actually what feature in this film) is a kind of precursor to 'The Usual Susepcts', but less acclaimed, and with good reason. The basic tale is less interesting than in the later film; there's no cleverness in the revelation, and the actual truth does not anyway fundamentally change one's opinion of the characters. The film doesn't even try and fool the audience: Harvey Keitel's policeman tells the witness throughout that he doesn't believe what she is saying, and once you accept that the woman may be lying, then the possibilities are limitless (something Singer dealt with deftly by only uncovering the lie at the very end, before it truly sinks into the audience that if the story was a pack of lies, then the truth could be anything). The result is a film that is reasonably watchable, but hardly distinguished. Yet in the true story, revealed at the end, there's actually a tale of human drama that might have driven a pretty strong film. The secondary tale of someone merely lying about such a story, however, is comparatively dull.


19 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?