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The Maddening (1995)

R | | Thriller | 18 June 1996 (USA)
Burt Reynolds finally goes completely insane in this psycho-horror flick about a deranged father who'll stop at nothing to protect his family's secrets.

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David Osborne
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Daddy
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Samantha Osborne
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David and Cassie Osborne have an argument one night. So the next morning after David goes to work, Cassie runs off to her sister's house for a few days with their daughter Samantha. Only they never get there. David starts looking for them, and her sister, Joanne, thinks David had something to do with their disappearance, and calls the police. Actually Samantha and Cassie are with Roy and Georgina Scudder, and their daughter Jill. Roy picked them up after their car broke down. The only problem is, the Scudders, who seem a little odd at first, won't let them leave or call anyone. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Rated R for violence and terror, and for some language | See all certifications »
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This movie represents the re star-teaming of its leads Angie Dickinson and Burt Reynolds who had starred together in the 1960s western Sam Whiskey (1969). Dickinson also makes a cameo in Reynold's The Last Producer (2000). See more »

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Referenced in Decker: Sonrise (2017) See more »

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MIDNIGHT BLUES
Written by Wendy Levy and Patt Pattison
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May be Reynolds' lowest point
6 December 2014 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch "The Maddening" because I was intrigued by the movie's promise of showcasing Burt Reynolds in a very atypical role, that being a bad guy. But I was sorely let down by the end results. Except for some good photography and lighting for what was a low budget production, the movie goes wrong in just about every way you can think of. The story has nothing really new - you'll be able to more or less predict what will happen next before it actually happens on the screen, save for some REALLY BIG continuity gaffs. As for Reynolds (who wears an especially bad hairpiece), although he has shown he can act in other movies, here he just seems to be badly miscast; at every moment he comes across as good ol' boy Burt Reynolds instead of someone who is scary and disturbed. One last thing: While the movie got slapped with an "R" rating, it really doesn't earn that harsh rating. If you ask me, the movie is more deserving of a PG-13 rating.


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