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Obsession (1976)

A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Courtland
... Elizabeth Courtland / Sandra Portinari
... Robert Lasalle
Sylvia Kuumba Williams ... Maid (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
Wanda Blackman ... Amy Courtland
... Third Kidnapper (as Patrick McNamara)
Stanley J. Reyes ... Insp. Brie
Nick Krieger ... Farber
Stocker Fontelieu ... Dr. Ellman
... Ferguson
Andrea Esterhazy ... D'Annunzio
Thomas Carr ... Paper Boy
Tom Felleghy ... Italian Businessman
Nella Simoncini Barbieri ... Mrs. Portinari
John Creamer ... Justice of the Peace
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New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland's life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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His wife has been dead for 15 years. Until today. See more »


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13 September 1976 (Sweden)  »

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Deja Vu  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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The first Brian De Palma film shot by cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. See more »

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In Robertson's first trip on the paddle-wheel boat to deliver ransom money in 1959, as it takes off, a pan to the street reveals traffic nearby with contemporary (1970's) cars. See more »

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Sandra Portinari: Signore, I thought it was the Italian men who picked up the American women?
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The film has no end credits, other than the words "The End" in the final frame. See more »

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Featured in No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) See more »

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**** out of ****
17 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Underrated masterpiece by De Palma was basically disregarded due comparisons to "Vertigo". Sure, the basic premise is the same, but De Palma takes it in a totally different direction. Technically, this is among his best works, with the beautiful camerawork complimenting a haunting, disturbing story. The story takes it's time, and while the slow pace may bother some viewers, patient viewers will realize that it works to draw them in. By the time it is over, it feels like you have just come out of a trance.


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