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Sisters (1972)

A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.

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Brian De Palma

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margot Kidder ... Danielle Breton / Dominique Blanchion
Jennifer Salt ... Grace Collier
Charles Durning ... Joseph Larch
William Finley ... Emil Breton (as Bill Finley)
Lisle Wilson ... Phillip Woode
Barnard Hughes ... Arthur McLennen
Mary Davenport Mary Davenport ... Mrs. Peyson Collier
Dolph Sweet ... Detective Kelly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby C. Collins Bobby C. Collins
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Storyline

The Staten Island apartment of lovely model Danielle becomes the scene of a grisly murder that is witnessed by her neighbor, Grace, a reporter. But the police don't believe her story, so it's up to Grace to solve the murder mystery on her own. Written by alarmanwp

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schwestern des Bösen See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (flashback sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brian De Palma was inspired to make the film after he read an article about a set of Soviet Union Siamese twins who were successfully separated after an operation. De Palma said he was haunted by a photograph of the twins in which one looked cheerful and healthy, while the other looked surly and disturbed. The article went on to include issues about the twins' psychological problems after their separation. See more »

Goofs

After Grace and the police have exited the apartment building, her mother comes out of the front door and during the following conversation suggests that Grace should change clothes. Grace then walks back into the building to do this, even if she lives across the street. See more »

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Grace Collier: I saw a murder, and I'm going to prove it!
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Why god created little red pills...
29 April 2006 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

Hang on to your psychoanalysis, Ladies and Gentlemen...a young Brian De Palma has brought us a fine mindf*ck that is in good company with "Psycho," "The Tenant," and even "Fight Club." "Sisters" is a brain-sizzling thriller that probes the relationship between separated Siamese twins Danielle and Dominique (Margot Kidder) in a maniacally unsettling way. Danielle is a successful actress/model; Dominique is a raving lunatic who becomes violent when sexually aroused. When Dominique murders Danielle's boyfriend, reporter Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) takes matters into her own hands after the police refuse to help. Meanwhile, Danielle's ex-husband Emil (John Waters doppleganger William Finley) runs a local psych ward. And Charles Durning plays a detective tracking the progress of a particularly heavy couch. De Palma weaves his character interactions seamlessly, employing the types of technical tricks that would be used more superficially in his later works (the use of split-screen to show action from two separate viewpoints, for instance), in addition to some of the trippiest black-and-white imagery this side of "Eraserhead." "Sisters" is an effective, highly influential work that holds up incredibly well today...just make sure you have a refill on your pills before watching it.


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