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The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

A housewife is sick of her normal routine and makes all sorts of odd changes to her appearance. From her hair/wardrobe to her makeup, she creepily soon starts to take on the different personality of a lady who had died five years prior.

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Gordon Hessler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Miriam Oliver / Sandy
George Hamilton ... Greg Oliver
Robert F. Lyons ... Mark
Lucille Benson ... Housekeeper
Jean Allison ... Mrs. Dempsey
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Saleslady
Burke Byrnes ... Bartender at Beach
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Dance Partner in Bar
Charles Cooper ... Mr. Logan
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ... Mrs. Logan
William Kerwin ... Old Man
Nancy Hahn Leonard Nancy Hahn Leonard ... Rose
Macon McCalman ... Minister
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... Man Working (as Robert Palmer)
Delos V. Smith Jr. Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Flowerman
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A housewife is sick of her normal routine and makes all sorts of odd changes to her appearance. From her hair/wardrobe to her makeup, she creepily soon starts to take on the different personality of a lady who had died five years prior.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La extraña posesión de la señora Oliver See more »

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The Shpetner Company See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Miriam Oliver: I want to be myself.
Greg Oliver: Are you telling me you're not yourself? Who are you, then?
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See Karen Black stare into space...a lot.
25 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Since she died a few years ago, I feel that I can speak freely. Karen Black was NOT a particularly good actress in "The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver". During much of the film, she played a character who stared into space a lot and, at times, seemed a bit like a zombie. Sure, she was supposed to be a lady who was slowly turning into another woman...but she started out as a zombie...which is pretty odd as this was supposed to be the 'normal' lady! Additionally, many of her scenes just seemed difficult to believe...especially when she was required to show emotion. Considering she showed LOTS of emotion in "Trilogy of Terror" (another made for TV film), I can only assume the director was at least partially at fault here.

When the film begins, Miriam Oliver (Black) is having a super-creepy dream. Then, through the course of the film, she goes from a terribly quiet (zombie-like) lady to a wilder and much more interesting one. Sadly, the one you like is some sort of dead lady- -one who died five years ago. Could the ghost of the dead lady really be possessing Miriam?

I do agree with the review by Moonspinner55 that this film is slow moving. I think the lead-like pace especially made Black look bad as the film clearly lacked energy and life. But I thought the woodenness of the character through much of the film was just awful and I don't think that in the long run there is much in the way of payoff. And, I can almost guarantee that by the end of the film that the song "Venus" will practically make you scream as you hear it again...and again...and yet again.

By the way, at one point in the film, Miriam says she's 26...though actually she was about 38 at the time.


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