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Extremities (1986)

A woman takes revenge on the man who invades her home and tries to rape her.


Robert M. Young


William Mastrosimone (screenplay), William Mastrosimone (play)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Farrah Fawcett ... Marjorie
James Russo ... Joe
Alfre Woodard ... Patricia
Diana Scarwid ... Terry
Sandy Martin ... Officer Sudow
Eddie Velez ... Officer #1
Tom Everett ... Officer #2
Donna Lynn Leavy ... Woman on Phone (voice)
Enid Kent ... Mother at Police Station
Michael Hennessy Michael Hennessy ... Pizza Man
Danika Hendrickson Danika Hendrickson ... Joe's Daughter
Clare Wren ... Racquetball Player
James Avery ... Security Guard


An intended rape victim manages to escape from her attacker but leaves her purse behind. Worried that he may visit her house and finish what he has started, she contacts the police but they are unable to help, saying that she has no proof. "If he calls, let us know and we'll send a man round!" A fat load of good that would be. Her worst fears are realised when, alone one day in the house, her attacker visits and attempts again to rape her. Circumstances allow her not only to resist the attack but to turn the tables and lock him away. And that is where her dilemma really starts. Does she release him and risk another attack? Does she go to the police and risk being called a liar? Or does she kill him - and become as low as him? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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What she did to survive is nothing compared to what she'll do to get even. See more »


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James Russo (Joe) and Farrah Fawcett (Marjorie) played their respective roles in the off-Broadway production prior to the film. See more »


When Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett) first puts Joe (James Russo) in the fireplace, his eyes are fresh from being sprayed with bug spray and are swollen shut so he can't see, but once in the fireplace he opens them wide open and looks directly at Marjorie as though he can see her clearly. See more »


Joe: [after his fake story about him and Marjorie to her roommates] Jesus, I'm so sorry that this thing happened today. And I forgive you, Marjorie.
Marjorie: [Marjorie flies into a rage and attacks Joe, seeing the sheath for his knife] What is this? What is this?
Joe: [Pat recoils in horror as Marjorie holds it up to his face] I use it for work. I cut open boxes in the warehouse.
Marjorie: [menacingly] Cut boxes, huh?
[holds it closer to Joe's face]
Marjorie: Cuts them good, huh? It's the kind of knife they use to gut a deer.
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Fiercely done movie.
21 August 2003 | by triple8See all my reviews

This was some strong movie. Very powerful, very different. Yet strangely, I didn't warm to it as much as I should have. That does not diminish the movie's power. This just proved very difficult to watch.

I can certainly appreciate the theme of having one's dignity stolen and the need to take back one's power. The movie itself was wonderfully acted and directed. And obviously it was SUPPOSED to be hard to watch. I just wish I had warmed to it enough to give it a 10 like "The Accused". I think part of the problem was the limited focus of the camera,these 2 people starring almost by themselves, the story mainly going back and forth between Farra's Character and her rapist.After awhile it gets to you.

All in all this was an edgy film that's certainly thought provoking and worth watching. I doubt I'd see it again but the film as a whole is very well done.

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Release Date:

22 August 1986 (USA) See more »

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Extremities See more »

Filming Locations:

Binghamton, New York, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,429,075, 24 August 1986

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1.85 : 1
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