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Special Effects (1984)

A director makes a movie based on a murder he committed.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Complete credited cast:
Zoë Lund ... Andrea Wilcox / Elaine Bernstein (as Zoe Tamerlis)
Eric Bogosian ... Neville
Brad Rijn ... Keefe Waterman
Kevin O'Connor Kevin O'Connor ... Det. Lt.Philip Delroy
Bill Oland Bill Oland ... Det. Vickers
H. Richard Greene ... Leon Gruskin (as Richard Greene)
Steven Pudenz Steven Pudenz ... Wiesanthal
Heidi Bassett Heidi Bassett ... Neville's Asst. Director
John Woehrle John Woehrle ... Studio Executive (as John Woerhle)
Kitty Summerall Kitty Summerall ... Andrea's Roommate
Kris Evans ... Cosmetician
Mike Alpert Mike Alpert ... Taxi Driver
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Reality and illusion collide in this thriller about a megalomaniacal movie director who murders a young would-be actress, then sets about making a feature about the deed, casting the dead woman's clueless husband as the patsy, and finding a dead ringer to play the part of the dead actress. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Andrea was dying to get in the movies ... See more »

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Trivia

One of the head shots Neville and Detective Delroy look through is Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie See more »

Goofs

Andreas hair changes from wavy to curly in each scene See more »

Quotes

Neville: Like I always say, I don't know what I like until I see it. And then I *know* I don't like.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 30 secs and edits shots from the stranglings of Andrea and the blackmailer, as well as heavily reducing a scene of Neville watching film footage of Andrea's murder. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Dance
Performed by David Snider and The Defiel Band
Music and Lyrics by Michael Minard
©1984 Minard Music Company-ASCAP
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Bogosian rules.
22 August 2000 | by mrseldomseenSee all my reviews

After making a disastrous, special-effects laden film, a movie director decides to make a low budget biography of a murdered actress. To make her murder look as real as possible the director murders the actress himself. Could have been a very good film about snuff films, but the film's direction is a letdown. Zoe (Ms. 45) Lund (in a dual role) and particularly Eric Bogosian are very good in their respective roles of the murdered actress and the actress playing her, and the Cecil B. Demented director. Brian DePalma would have had a field day with this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cutting Room See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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