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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tim Whalen
... Olivia Lawrence
... Brooke Morrison
... Mike McGill
... Tony Gateworth
... Anne Briscoe
Erik Holland ... Chief of Police
... Granger Morrison
... Tommy McGill
Bernie McInerney ... Harland Fitzgerald
Bill Lopatto ... Weyburn
Pirie MacDonald ... Theodore Cantrell
Maeve McGuire ... Aunt Eleanor
Ira Wheeler ... Uncle Charles
... Sam


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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11 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Dying for Love  »

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Director Bob Swaim was hired to direct this American mystery-suspense movie after having directed the critically acclaimed French thriller La balance (1982). See more »


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


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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Everyone Wants Meg's Money
24 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Masquerade is a really good Hitchcockian type of thriller, a combination of Suspicion and The Heiress in which sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia DeHavilland brought aspects of Meg Tilly's character in their Oscar winning performances. It was shot on location in the ritzy Hamptons of Suffolk County, in fact the plot is about the haves and have nots of the area. And that's an area where the haves have PLENTY.

One of those haves is Meg Tilly heir to a $300,000.000.00 fortune. She's a nice kid who properly wonders whether the men who court like her for her or bank account.

She's got one leach of a stepfather in John Glover, a character you just love to hate. But by the terms of her mother's will she can't get rid of him until she's 21. And he's a guy who's used to a very high lifestyle.

Tilly's also got two men in her life. Local boy Doug Savant whose father works in the shipyard on the yachts of the rich and famous who has joined the town police force. He's been crushing out on her since he was a little kid. But the Hamptons do have their own caste system.

And then into her life comes Rob Lowe, the handsome and mysterious stranger who captains Brian Davies yacht and on the side kanoodles with his wife, Kim Cattrall. He puts the moves on Tilly and since its Rob Lowe, who could blame a girl.

Tilly's the innocent here, that's a constant, but as the story continues and several murders take place, she doesn't know who to trust. You won't know because the plot takes several twists and the motives of the persons in the cast change over the course of the film.

For those of you Rob Lowe fans of both genders you can have ample opportunity to see him in several stages of undress with Kim Cattrall and Meg Tilly. He's also got an interesting scene with Doug Savant who looks pretty good himself that takes on some homoerotic overtones. What beautiful children those two would have if possible.

The title Masquerade refers both to the name of the Tilly family yacht and the fact that except for Tilly, a lot of these characters are not as they appear on the surface. Masquerade is a really good thriller of a film, don't miss it when it is shown.

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