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Masquerade (1988)

A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the ... See full summary »

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Bob Swaim

Writer:

Dick Wolf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Tim Whalen
Meg Tilly ... Olivia Lawrence
Kim Cattrall ... Brooke Morrison
Doug Savant ... Mike McGill
John Glover ... Tony Gateworth
Dana Delany ... Anne Briscoe
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Chief of Police
Brian Davies ... Granger Morrison
Barton Heyman ... Tommy McGill
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Harland Fitzgerald
Bill Lopatto Bill Lopatto ... Weyburn
Pirie MacDonald Pirie MacDonald ... Theodore Cantrell
Maeve McGuire Maeve McGuire ... Aunt Eleanor
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... Uncle Charles
Timothy Landfield ... Sam
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Storyline

A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the two run into a problem the local cop, who happens to be an old friend of Olivia's, seems to be turning a blind eye to incriminating evidence. Written by Rob Hartill

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An heiress. A setup. A murder.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dying for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,855,828

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,593,744
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Wolf: The film's writer as Sedgewick. See more »

Goofs

After having had sex with Brooke Morrison, Tim Whalen has a sweat-wet back and in the next shot is dry. See more »

Quotes

Olivia Lawrence: Marry me.
Tim Whalen: What did you say?
Olivia Lawrence: You heard me.
Tim Whalen: Olivia.
Olivia Lawrence: A simple yes would be fine.
Tim Whalen: You know I love you.
Olivia Lawrence: Oh Jesus, forget it. Pretend I never said it. I didn't mean it.
Tim Whalen: No, there's nothing in the world I'd rather do than marry you but I - I just don't think you know enough about me.
Olivia Lawrence: You rob banks or something?
Tim Whalen: Bounce checks.
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Alternate Versions

A TV version exists where there is a much longer conversation between Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) and Brooke Morrison (Kim Cattrall) in bed in which they discuss her numerous affairs with other men. Secondly, Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) discusses with Tim about their past summer before they met. This scene is in her Manhattan apartment either before or after Olivia's meeting with her attorneys. Thirdly, Olivia approaches Tim overlooking the window and starts to kiss him passionately. See more »

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Too overwrought
10 October 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) is a yachting stud having an affair with his boss's wife Brooke (Kim Cattrall). They live in the upscale town of Southampton, Long Island. Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) is a young heiress after her mother's death. She returns home after college and gets involved with Tim. She is forced to live with her alcoholic gambling debt-ridden stepfather Tony Gateworth (John Glover), and his girlfriend Anne Briscoe (Dana Delany). On the surface, Tim and Tony don't get along but they actually have a scheme to kill Olivia. Tim starts to have cold feet but Tony threatens him. In the planned break-in, Tim kills Tony and Olivia insists on taking the blame as self-defense. Her love-lore friend Officer Mike McGill (Doug Savant) turns a blind eye to incriminating evidence.

It's a twisty murder scheme conspiracy. The movie suffers as one thinks about it too much. It's highly questionable why Tim does any of it. How could he ever guarantee he'd be paid in the original plan? I buy into Meg Tilly's cluelessness. She's probably the only one that makes sense. The various wills and legality need to be better explained. Also the schemes seem to be so many excuses to advance the plot. My biggest problem is that the movie tries too hard to overload the overwrought melodrama. It becomes too cloying and tiresome. And that music just won't stop.


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