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The Three Lives of Karen (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  28 May 1997 (USA)
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State trooper Matt patiently accompanies his bride, Karen Winthrop, when businessman Paul turns up and claims she's his missing wife and the mother of his daughter Jessica. He could be ... See full summary »

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Karen Winthrop / Emily Riggs / Cindy Last
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Paul
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Matt
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Jessica (as Monica Bugajski)
Kelsey Elizabeth Boulware ...
Jessica (6years old)
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Lois
Ana Harrison ...
Young Lois
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William Last
Gina Stewart ...
Karen's Mother
Rick Warner ...
Dr. Richards
Marguerite Lowell ...
Donna
Diana Taylor ...
Faye
Suellen Yates ...
Clara
John Keenan ...
Tom Riggs
Mike McGovern ...
Ben
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State trooper Matt patiently accompanies his bride, Karen Winthrop, when businessman Paul turns up and claims she's his missing wife and the mother of his daughter Jessica. He could be right, since Karen has amnesia. Evidence she was indeed Emily Riggs convinces Karen to stay indefinitely and postpone the wedding. However, digging for her past she stumbles across an earlier identity, Cindy Last, trough embittered foster-mother Lois, who hints at a traumatic start of her wandering. Written by KGF Vissers

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Scant Difference From Typical Soap Opera fare.
24 February 2005 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Gail O'Grady performs here as a young woman suffering from fugue amnesia (repressed memory), forgetting blocs of years due to an inability to handle emotional stress, resulting in a compulsion to establish completely new beginnings. Her condition occurs twice, in each case inspiring a flight to fresh surroundings to avoid forms of mental distress with which her conscious mind cannot cope, and as the story begins she is Karen Winthrop, planning her wedding with her fiancé Matt (Tim Guinee). Shortly before the scheduled nuptials, an attorney, Paul Riggs (Dennis Boutsikaris), bewilders her by revealing that she is his wife Emily, vanished for four years, and that they are parents of a nine-year-old daughter, and during subsequent efforts by Karen/Emily to discover the truth about her other life, a third persona, Cindy, turns up from around a hidden corner of her past. As should be expected, the woman finds that dealing with these revelations is a bit knotty, as will a viewer having the many unanswered questions raised by a script that, while initially intriguing, fails to come alive during climactic scenes due to flawed plot contrivances, telegraphed dialogue, and a surfeit of choppy flashbacks. Set and shot in and near picturesque Southport, North Carolina, the film profits from good production values and contributions from the crew, with acting laurels going to Boutsikaris for his nicely stratified playing as Paul Riggs whose re-entrance into the amnesiac's life convulses her existence.


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