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Audrey Rose (1977)

A stranger attempts to convince a happily married couple that their daughter is actually his daughter reincarnated.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Frank De Felitta (screenplay), Frank De Felitta (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Mason ... Janice Templeton
Anthony Hopkins ... Elliot Hoover
John Beck ... Bill Templeton
Susan Swift ... Ivy Templeton
Norman Lloyd ... Dr. Steven Lipscomb
John Hillerman ... Scott Velie
Robert Walden ... Brice Mack
Philip Sterling ... Judge Langley
Ivy Jones ... Mary Lou Sides
Stephen Pearlman ... Russ Rothman
Aly Wassil Aly Wassil ... Maharishi Gupta Pradesh
Mary Jackson ... Mother Veronica
Richard Lawson ... Policeman #1
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Detective Fallon
Elizabeth Farley Elizabeth Farley ... Carole Rothman
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In New York City, Janice Templeton (Marsha Mason) is happily married to executive Bill Templeton (John Beck) and they live in a comfortable and fancy apartment with their eleven-year-old daughter Ivy (Susan Swift). One day, Janice is stalked by a weirdo and she tells her husband. Soon afterwards, the stranger contacts them and invites the couple to meet him in a restaurant. Elliot Hoover (Sir Anthony Hopkins) tells Janice and Bill that his daughter Audrey Rose died eleven years ago, burned in a car crash, and her soul has been reincarnated in Ivy's body. Bill and Janice believe that Elliot is nuts, and Bill tells his lawyer to get a restraining order against Elliot. However, Ivy has dreadful nightmares and only Elliot is able to calm her down. When Elliot abducts Ivy, Bill and Janice go to court to have him arrested. But Elliot wants to prove that Ivy and Audrey Rose are the same soul. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

Susan Swift portrayed two roles in this movie: Ivy Templeton and Audrey Rose. See more »

Goofs

When Janice Tempelton first suspects that Elliot Hoover is stalking her family she enters her apartment 901 (9th floor) she looks out the window down to the street, but the angle that is shown couldn't be higher than the 3rd or 4th floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Janice Templeton: Ivy!
Ivy Templeton: Hi mom!
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A serious misfire...
22 February 2006 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

I like Robert Wise movies and I think he was a brilliant stylist who could always be counted on to express the zeitgeist of the age. This film, however, is a serious misfire on his part. Its basic (and only) premise is to treat the possibility of reincarnation as something dramatic, shocking and even potentially scary. Even admitting reincarnation does exists, the heroine's story doesn't make a whit of sense on any level or plane of reality you can name. In this film, reincarnation is just another disease of the week used to justify a soap opera where Marsha Mason can shed as many Oscar-baiting tears as she wants, act all motherly, irrationally change her mind every five minutes while crumpling her handkerchief and filling the screen with the sound of mucus. Whereas Anthony Hopkins is a compelling presence stating an interesting case in an interesting way, John Beck, as Ivy's biological father, is clearly a studmuffin-with-buns-of steel-of-the-month actor whose part demands nothing more than the ability to look tough, use his fists occasionally and remain an uncompromising and uncomprehending lantern-jawed heel from beginning to end. The film starts with a stomach-churning idyllic exposition of what a fun place Manhattan can be for families who have no money worries and whose bread winner exercises an unidentified profession that vaguely has something to do with advertising. The Templetons live in the bosom of luxury with their pampered and obnoxious daughter, in the apex of gracious living quarters, in an era when burnt orange, brown, beige and dark oak were considered an acceptable colour scheme and off-white neo-colonial plush furniture was considered the epitome of good taste. That itself is scarier than anything else the script can come up with. Historical note: the mixture of horror scenes and a trial setting could have given interesting results if one is to judge by the recent "Exorcism of Emily Rose" (very good film but no relation, unfortunately), but in this film it just adds another layer of absurdity to the proceedings. Robert Wise has always been able to absorb the spirit of his times without being subservient to it (e.g.: Eleanor's car trip and the spiral staircase scene in "The Haunting" are an homage to the same scenes in Hitchcock's "Psycho" and "Vertigo" respectively, while remaining personal); but in this film, one senses a willingness to compete with the memory of "Rosemary's Baby", "The Exorcist" and "Don't Look Back" as well as the impossibility to do so because the underlying material and the reason to care are simply absent. I for one was thankful to stop hearing the little brat whine at the end of the film. But the thing that dates the movie the most and definitely relegates it to the putrid pile of 70's "new age crap" is the fact that, nowadays, the person who would be put on trial for murder is the irresponsible hypnotist quack whose work we are asked to respect and take seriously.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sterobcar Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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