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The Maddening (1996)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Wimmer ...
David Osborne
Chicky Ross
Kayla Buglewicz ...
Samantha Osborne
Candace Hutson ...
Jill Scudder
Angela Bomford ...
Mrs. Plummer
Truman (as Darrel Fetty)
Rett Wedding ...
Bobby Amor ...
Victoria Bass ...
Daniel Greene ...


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 <>

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




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18 June 1996 (USA)  »

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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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No career comebacks were made here...easily one of the worst movies ever made
12 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Appalling thriller from director Danny Huston went straight-to-video in 1995; one look at it and you'll understand why. Based on the book "Playmates" by Andrew Neiderman, Mia Sara plays an unhappy wife who is kidnapped along with her toddler by a highly dysfunctional rural family. Note to Burt Reynolds: never again try to attempt a Hollywood comeback with a role as a psychotic hick in a curly hairpiece. Shameful, amateurish dud gives off bad vibrations all the way. Huston tries hard to be repulsive (Reynolds punching Sara in the face, a big ugly bug resting on Brian Wimmer's mouth) rather than make an attempt to explore these characters with any kind of depth. He doesn't want viewers to invest their interest, he just wants to shock and provoke. That works for about two scenes...with a seat-numbing 90 minutes still left on the clock. NO STARS from ****

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