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Captives (1994)

R | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 3 May 1996 (USA)
A beautiful young dentist (Ormond) working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a violent inmate (Roth) after the break-up of her marriage, and embarks upon an illicit ... See full summary »

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Harold
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Blackie (as Anthony Kernan)
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A beautiful young dentist (Ormond) working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a violent inmate (Roth) after the break-up of her marriage, and embarks upon an illicit affair with him, with terrible consequences for all. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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A passion so consuming it transforms you and makes you do the unbelievable, the unimaginable, the unthinkable. See more »


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Rated R for a strong sex scene, and for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Stephen Rea turned down the lead role. See more »

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At 8:34 when Rachel takes the latex gloves out of her pocket and puts them on her hands to give Philip a dental exam, she should not have done that because the latex gloves are no longer sterile after being in her pocket, she should have got a fresh pair of gloves from the box as those are sterile. See more »

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Simon: [on answering machine] Rachel, hi, it's it's Simon. Um, I don't know how long you've got this flat for, but it's nice, so it's okay. I know you don't want to, but we've really got to talk about our house, and fix the price. I've tried calling you at work. Please ring back.
[Rachel holds her nose and plunges under the bath water]
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Edited into Screen Two: Captives (1996) See more »

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Engrossing romantic thriller
17 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out on British TV in the 1990s and it's remained embedded in my memory ever since. All young Hollywood directors should be contractually obliged to see "Captives" to see what real on-screen chemistry is like: the heat and intensity generated between leads Tim Roth and Julia Ormond just isn't something you see in every modern film, so much so that there were moments when I almost wanted to look away, embarrassed for their intimacy and urgency, shout "get a room!" – ah, but there's the rub – they can't. He's in prison; she's the visiting prison dentist, and they're caught in an impossible position that there's no easy escape from.

Others here have described the story well, so I won't cover that ground again. But it's exactly the kind of "little" British film I love to watch: when they're good, you're rewarded with an unusually good cast, a decent script and a neat premise that draws you in and grips you. The slightly unconvincing conclusion doesn't detract from how very enjoyable and stirring this film is.

"Captives" illustrates why Tim Roth deserved his reputation as an actor; but I'm sorry not to have seen more of Julia Ormond on screen since the 90s. Is it that she's in that twilight zone of female actresses, who suffer from the lack of good parts for women who don't look twenty years younger than their age?


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