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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
**SPOILER** Having nightmares of falling down an elevator shaft for
weeks has caused fashion designer Lynn Matthews, Melissa Gilbert, to go
on an extended vacation from her job in San Francisco. Lynn is worried
that, after working non stop for almost two years without a day off,
she suffering from burnout. It's when Lynn goes to get treated for her
nightmares by psychiatrist Dr. James Portman, Jay Robinson, that she
finds out, through regression therapy, that she's reliving something
that happened to her in another lifetime back in March 1963: she was
murdered by her then husband!
What strikes me a bit odd about the made for TV move "Dying to Remember" is how reincarnation is so easily accepted by everyone in the film even those, like Lynn, who never believed in that theory at all. Lynn balked when first told about being reincarnated and it would have taken almost the remainder of the film, with piles and piles of evidence, to convinced her that it in fact is real! Lynn for her part goes right to the city hall of records to check out every woman who was murdered or died in an accident in the year 1963 who's first name, the name that she heard in her nightmare, was Mary Ann. Lynn also scourers the city for an address that she also saw in her nightmare where Mary Ann was killed.
It later turns out that everything that Lynn believed about herself in her former lifetime, as Mary Ann Emerson(Kat Green), checked out down to the fact that she at the time was married to Mark Gage, Ted Shackelford. Gage is not only alive now but may well be the person who murdered her, as Mary Ann, back in 1963! Nothing really new here with Melissa Gilbert playing the damsel in distress in two different lifetimes, in 1963 and 1993. Lynn is perused by the same person or persons, who murdered her once and now, with her being able to implicate him in her previous murder,are determined to murder her again.
Watchable and some times even surprising, especially the ending, but nothing more then a B-movie with Miss. Gilbert as Lynn Matthews doing her best as the victim of one murder and the potential victim of another.
Being a fan of Melissa Gilbert's work, I was very eager to see this movie because I never got the chance to see it before on TV. Unfortunately the plot shall not stay long in my memory. The movie is horrible in writing, directing and building up tension, if at all. Miss Gilbert is running around in San Francisco trying to reconstruct what happened to her in a previous life. Dull, dull, dull...The story had so much more potential. It could have been a movie about a women getting to accept that she had lived a previous life in SF and what effect that will have now on her social, professional, emotional and religious life. Instead the audience is treated with another TV-mystery movie of the week going for the cheap thrills. A lost opportunity! Melissa Gilbert is the only plus in the movie.
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