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Special Effects (1984)

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

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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen
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Cast

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 Kris Evans ... Cosmetician
Mike Alpert Mike Alpert ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

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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Mary Jean is just dying to get into the movies... She's about to get her wish. See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

References Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Just A Face (But Just The Same)
Performed by David Snider and The Defiel Band
Music and Lyrics by Michael Minard
©1984 Minard Music Company-ASCAP
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A Chore To Sit Through
13 March 2018 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

It seems like Larry Cohen was trying to emulate DePalma with this ambitious, but poorly realized knock off of "Body Double." Some nice sets and decent shots cannot change the fact that Zoe Tamerlis is the WORST actress ever captured on film. If you thought Bo Derek or Pia Zadora were bad actresses, then after seeing Zoe in THIS, those ladies will look like Kathryn Hepburn and Meryl Streep by comparison. Usually poor acting isn't too much of a distraction if the material is good, but every time Tamerlis speaks it is painful. Eric Bogasian and Brad Rijn fare much better. Larry Cohen has made so many great movies, mostly in the 1970's, which seemed to be his decade. Interestingly he made another film the same year as "Special Effects," called "Perfect Strangers," which is actually MUCH better than this one. Strangely it's not nearly as well-known, probably due to the fact that it isn't flashy, and loaded with sex and violence. You do get plenty of that in this film. My advice is to skip this one and seek out "Perfect Strangers" instead. This movie gave me a headache, and I feel like i lost some brain cells in the process.


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