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Malice (1993)

A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

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Director: Jez Butterworth
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Jed
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Dr. Kessler
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Dennis Riley
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Lester Adams
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William Duff-Griffin ...
Dr. George Sullivan
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Tanya
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Paula Bell
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Dr. Matthew Robertson
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Ms. Worthington
Michael Hatt ...
Neighbor Boy
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A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches children, Andy's a college professor. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know it all" doctor. Written by Rob Hartill

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Deception. Betrayal. Murder. Some things you never see coming. See more »


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Rated R for sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Bodily Harm  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,232,650, 3 October 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,044,636
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Trivia

A sign for the fictional college was placed at the Smith College campus location the day before it was to be shot, but was stolen that night and never recovered. See more »

Goofs

The discovery of the murder of Paula was shown as early morning, whereas the crime scene for the murder is shown at night. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: Ask God how many shots of bourbon he had before he cut me open.
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: The List (1993) See more »

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MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by The Wolfgang Press
Courtesy of 4AD Records / Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Malicious Twists But Sadly Contrived Plot
23 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Becker's 'Malice' is a little bit of a mixed bag. First of all, there are two stories that hardly have anything to do with each other, one being about a serial killer raping and murdering collegegirls and another about a married couple and a doctor. Sorkin is a gifted writer as is evident in his work for TV but somehow the plot of 'Malice' is a bit contrived, messy and the screenplay lacks depth. The story would have been far more effective if the characters were better developed. There are plenty of twists and suspense but the surprise turns are a little out of place and it is hard to understand the motivation behind the characters' actions. For instance, why would Kidman's character allow herself to get so severely ill and risk her own life in the hands of someone else? Yet, 'Malice' is an entertaining thriller. The plot might be confusing at times but the performances are good, the dialogues are solid and it is technically well executed. The soundtrack flows well and some of the visuals are brilliant. Nicole Kidman is wonderful in spite of a poorly written character. Bill Pullman is great as the naive, passive, boring, pushover husband. Alec Baldwin, who plays Andy's counterpart is equally good. The supporting cast includes talented names life Anne Bancroft, Peter Gallagher, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bebe Neuarth but their screen time is limited. Bancroft stands out followed by Neuwarth and Gallagher. Overall, 'Malice' is a good enough fun watch if one is looking for something with a little but of suspense, clever dialogue and good acting but there's not much else to look forward to.


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