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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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13 September 1976 (Sweden)  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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Composer Bernard Herrmann became infatuated with Geneviève Bujold after seeing her performance in an early cut of "Obsession". His feelings were heightened by Bujold's surprise visit to the soundtrack recording sessions in London in July 1975, the only time the two met in person. Herrmann's friend Charles Gerhardt recalled, "As she spoke to Benny in a heavy French accent I could tell he was about to get the hanky out. She told him of all the trouble she'd had with Cliff Robertson because he spent all his time in makeup and didn't make their love scenes meaningful. She said, 'Mr. Herrmann, he wouldn't make love to me - but you made love to me with your music'. And Benny started to cry. He would tell that story over and over at dinner, and start crying again every time". After Herrmann's death five months later, his widow found a photo of Bujold in his wallet. See more »

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When Court and Elizabeth are briefly seen dancing to a conspicuous waltz soundtrack (roughly five minutes into the film), their movements and steps are nowhere near in the style of a waltz, clearly indicating that the scene was filmed to another music, with the waltz soundtrack added later. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Portinari: Uncle Bob. Where's mommy?
Robert Lasalle: She's dead, honey. Your daddy didn't pay the men... and they killed her. You see, I gave the man the money. I'm taking care of you now. Now, you're gonna go wih him on the plane to a far-away place where I've got friends you can live with. Now, I'll be there in a week to see if everything is okay.
Sandra Portinari: But where's daddy?
Robert Lasalle: He don't want you anymore, honey. Now, you go with the man. Go on!
Sandra Portinari: No!
Robert Lasalle: Go with him!
Sandra Portinari: Uncle Bob, *no*!
Robert Lasalle: Go with the man!
Sandra Portinari: [getting dragged away] UNCLE BOB! ...
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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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De Palma's best Hitchcock-movie!
6 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Obsession" is truly the best movie Hitchcock never made.

It came out the same year as the great master of suspense made his last movie, the disappointing "Family Plot", it has a classy, brilliant soundtrack by the legendary Bernard Herrmann that fits nicely in with the work he did for Hitchcock, it has a wonderful script by Paul Schrader that will keep you guessing till the last frame, and last but not least: it's directed by Brian De Palma, who despite being slammed by some (stupid) critics for ripping off Hitchcock should in stead be praised for being able to copy the master better than any other living filmmaker.

Hitchcock is my favorite director of all times, and "Obsession" is so much like one of his films that it's difficult to accept that it was put together by another man. But De Palma doesn't deserve criticism for honoring his idol, he deserves praise for delivering a movie that, had it been made by Hitchcock, would rank among his finest films.

That's quite a feat! If you are a fan of De Palma or Hithcock you are almost guaranteed to love "Obsession", a highly underrated thriller that left me an even greater fan of Robertson, Bujold, Lithgow, De Palma, Schrader, Herrmann and every one else involved. Sit back, enjoy it and watch out for those wonderful last 20 minutes!


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