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Remember My Name (1978)

Just released from prison, a young woman arrives in town to "start a new life", but soon begins stalking a married construction worker for no apparent reason, turning his life inside out and eventually terrorizing him and his wife.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writer:

Alan Rudolph
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Chaplin ... Emily
Anthony Perkins ... Neil Curry
Moses Gunn ... Pike
Berry Berenson ... Barbara Curry
Jeff Goldblum ... Mr. Nudd
Tim Thomerson ... Jeff (as Timothy Thomerson)
Alfre Woodard ... Rita
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Teresa
Jeff Perry ... Harry (as Jeffrey S. Perry)
Alan Autry ... Rusty (as Carlos Brown)
Dennis Franz ... Franks
Terry Wills Terry Wills ... Waiter
Ina Gould Ina Gould ... Shopper
Jette Seear Jette Seear ... Saleslady
Belita Moreno ... Neighbor
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Just released from prison, a young woman arrives in town to "start a new life", but soon begins stalking a married construction worker for no apparent reason, turning his life inside out and eventually terrorizing him and his wife.

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Everyone knows a woman is fragile and helpless. Everybody's wrong. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

1978/Geraldine Chaplin, Winner Best Actress Award, Paris Film Festival, Miami Film Festival. See more »

Soundtracks

Keep On Walking
(uncredited)
Written by Allan F. Nicholls
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Obsessive-Compulsive
13 December 2019 | by keithhmessengerSee all my reviews

Frequently the maker of intriguing films (The Moderns, Equinox, Trouble In Mind) and protégé of the great Robert Altman (who produces here), writer-director Alan Rudolph's 1978 film also fits this mould. Here, we have showcased a stunning central performance by Geraldine Chaplin (the actress also a regular Altman collaborator) as the enigmatic, volatile Emily, seemingly returning from we know not where (prison?) and set on disrupting the life of Anthony Perkins' construction worker, Neil Curry, and his wife Berry Berenson's Barbara. Rudolph sets up his film as an effective mystery/thriller - albeit in his customary offbeat style - keeping us guessing as to the stalking Emily's intents, motives and history, creating a mood and unsettling presence, at times reminiscent of something like Michael Haneke's Hidden. The personal malaise obviously being suffered by Emily is also broadened out to encompass feelings of greater societal paranoia (post-Vietnam and Watergate?), alluded to via the film's running TV commentary, referencing (of all things) a Budapest earthquake.

Rudolph's cast is consistently impressive, Perkins attempting to maintain calm in the face of Emily's increasingly prominent and disruptive presence, Berenson convincing as the wife asking the increasingly urgent questions, whilst Moses Gunn is probably the most sympathetic character here with his well-meaning landlord to Emily, Pike, who has genuine concern for Emily's state of mind. It is this state of mind on which Rudolph focuses our attention, with Chaplin quite superb, whether flirting romantically to Alan Autry's fellow worker, Rusty, creeping silently deadpan and undetected around the Curry household, or exacting (sometimes violent) retribution against (a young, lanky) Jeff Goldblum's store manager, Mr Nudd, or Alfre Woodward's shop worker, Rita. As is often the case with Rudolph I've found, the payoff may not fully justify the impressive, here slow, scene setting and build-up. This rather proves (again) to be the case with Remember My Name - the journey is worth catching, nevertheless.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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