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Tattoo (1981)

A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.

Director:

Bob Brooks

Writers:

Bob Brooks (story), Joyce Buñuel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... Karl Kinsky
Maud Adams ... Maddy
Leonard Frey ... Halsey
Frederikke Borge Frederikke Borge ... Sandra (as Rikke Borge)
John Getz ... Buddy
Peter Iacangelo ... Dubin
Alan Leach Alan Leach ... Customer
Cynthia Nixon ... Cindy
Trish Doolan ... Cheryl
Anthony Mannino Anthony Mannino ... George
Lex Monson Lex Monson ... Dudley
Patricia Roe Patricia Roe ... Doris
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Teresa
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Ralph
John Snyder ... Hawker
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Storyline

Karl Kinsky, an unbalanced tattoo artist, becomes dangerously obsessed with Maddy, a model he meets when he's hired to paint temporary tattoos on a group of women for a photo shoot. As his obsession grows, Kinsky becomes increasingly determined that Maddy should bear his "mark" ... forever. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Every great love leaves its mark. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tatuaje al desnudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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According to the Movie Review Engine, "During its initial release, the film raised the ire of feminist groups because of the ad campaign that featured a naked woman bound at the ankles." See more »

Quotes

Karl Kinsky: Don't you know that I have committed my life to you? That this is a protective shield? It's my mark, Maddy, it's all I have to offer you. Now I'm not sure anymore whether you're worthy of it. I don't even think that I've made the right choice.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Winners That Were Losers (1983) See more »

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A Skin flick starring Bruce Dern, Maud Adams and her breasts
3 May 2005 | by roland-sinnSee all my reviews

Tattoo is very beautiful and stylish looking, as is Maud Adams. Below the cinematographic beauty is a core of exploitation.

Maud Adams is not a great actress, but she and her breasts have wonderful personality which comes through on screen. Bruce Dern, a very good actor, lends gravity to his performance and does much more justice to the screenplay than it deserves.

The story of Tattoo is pretty silly, the screenplay amateurish and many scenes are poorly executed. But despite it's many faults, I found Tattoo genuinely engrossing. The film is a visual delight and the music score meshes very nicely.

Be warned that Tattoo is psychologically as well as physically exploitative so sensitives should steer clear, though really it's very mild compared with some more recent flicks.

If you're a hetero guy, you'll love it. 6/10


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