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Persecution (1974)

Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Robert Hutton (original story & screenplay) (as Robert B. Hutton), Frederick Warner (additional scenes & dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lana Turner ... Carrie Masters
Trevor Howard ... Paul Bellamy
Ralph Bates ... David Masters
Olga Georges-Picot ... Monique Kalfon
Suzan Farmer ... Janie Masters
Patrick Allen ... Robert Masters
Mark Weavers Mark Weavers ... Young David
Catherine Brandon Catherine Brandon ... Mrs. Deacon
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Banks
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Dr. Ross
Jennifer Guy Jennifer Guy ... Waitress
John Ryan John Ryan ... Gardener
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Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie and their newborn child. His mother swears vengeance on him, promising to toy with him as Sheba would have played with a mouse. Soon after, his mothers latest Sheba suffocates the baby under a pillow. Janie has a nervous breakdown. And then his mother brings in a French nurse to seduce David away from Janie.

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The horror of a twisted mind. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Hate You, Cat See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trevor Howard thought this was his worst film appearance. He said his performance just consisted of a scene in a hallway, and another shot in London Zoo. See more »

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Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Draggy and silly.
4 July 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Well, it has a couple of interesting camera angles and a sexy performance by the actress who plays the woman paid to seduce the hero, but the slow pacing causes it to drag too often, the editing is astonishingly bad at times, and the "plot secrets", when revealed, turn out to be totally insignificant. But it's in the last 15 minutes that the movie really jumps off the rails, and comes up with a silly and far-fetched conclusion. (*1/2)


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