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The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972)

A traveling salesman is lured by a precocious teenage girl to her shack in the desert for some sexual escapades. However, a scuzzy biker comes along and they both find themselves dominated and tormented by him.

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Jack Starrett
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Rosalie
Ken Howard ... Virgil
Anthony Zerbe ... Fry
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Storyline

A traveling salesman is lured by a precocious teenage girl to her shack in the desert for some sexual escapades. However, a scuzzy biker comes along and they both find themselves dominated and tormented by him.

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First she loves, then she kills- Then she goes out and collects the next victim!

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Someone to Watch Over Me See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The lacking "vital element" in Misery...
6 March 2002 | by figjam69See all my reviews

The plot, as told by figjam (I'll try not to be too corny):

> A stranded and dirty teenage girl is picked up along a desolate strip of highway by a traveling salesman. Being very straight-lace as defined by the times, he's at a loss as to how to react to (and protect himself from) the primal instincts of a lost, lonely little girl.

> Unable to read or write, unable to understand the concept of hygiene, her closest "companion" being her rapist, all the girl needs is the help of a social worker. How do you get her the help she needs when you're her captive? > She needs companionship, but she doesn't know this and therefore, can't articulate it. She tries to keep the salesman from leaving her at any cost.

> The key words to understanding Rosalie are GROTESQUE INNOCENCE. It's this innocence that makes this movie better than Misery (according to me). I wonder if this is the vision that Stephen King had for Misery but couldn't quite achieve.


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