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Scalpel (1977)

False Face (original title)
A psychopathic plastic surgeon transforms a young accident victim into the spitting image of his missing daughter.

Director:

John Grissmer

Writers:

John Grissmer, Joseph Weintraub (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lansing ... Dr. Phillip Reynolds
Judith Chapman ... Heather / Jane
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Uncle Bradley
David Scarroll David Scarroll ... Dr. Robert Dean
Sandy Martin ... Sandy
Bruce Atkins Bruce Atkins ... Bartender
Muriel Moore Muriel Moore ... Cousin Margaret
Clara Dunn Clara Dunn ... Gossipy Woman
Stan Wojno Stan Wojno ... Donald (as Stanley Wojno)
Laura Whyte Laura Whyte ... Jennifer Reynolds
Larry Quackenbush Larry Quackenbush ... Keith Jarvey
Greg Oliver Greg Oliver ... Killer
Mimi Honce Mimi Honce ... Maddie Schuster
Ellen Heard Ellen Heard ... Woman at the Party
Tad Currie Tad Currie ... Mr. Branch
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A psychopathic plastic surgeon transforms a young accident victim into the spitting image of his missing daughter.

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Her face was his fortune See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scalpel See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

PJ Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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After the Ball
by Charles Harris
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Robert Lansing Saves The Day!
6 May 2006 | by wilburscottSee all my reviews

The master of the icy stare that could freeze your blood, dumpy actor Robert Lansing made a lot of movies watchable, including "The 4-D Man" and many others. Such is the case with SCALPEL, a slice of southern sleaze from Georgia. When he's not busy chewing the scenery, casually talking about plastic surgery, or yelling "Go get her, GOD DAMN IT!" to a hired killer, he is just rolling in the part of Dr. Reynolds, your friendly neighborhood psychotic plastic surgeon. The rest of the fortunately small cast seems uninterested in what's going on, mainly there to collect a paycheck to buy some more of those gaudy 1970's outfits, although Arlen Dean Snyder is good in his role as the suspicious Uncle Bradley. Without Lansing, this film would have probably been long forgotten. We still need the DVD though! Get this thing a widescreen transfer!


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