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Deadly Embrace (1989)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | Video 5 April 1989
A beautiful but lonely and neglected Beverly Hills wife hires a hot young stud as a gardener. It eventually gets through to her husband that some hanky panky may possibly be going on, and ... See full summary »


David DeCoteau (as Ellen Cabot)


Richard Gabai, Tony Malanowski (additional dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Stewart Moreland
Jack Carter ... Evan Weiss
Mindi Miller ... Charlotte Moreland (as Ty Randolph)
Linnea Quigley ... Michelle Arno
Michelle Bauer ... Female Spirit of Sex
Ruth Collins ... Dede Magnolia
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A beautiful but lonely and neglected Beverly Hills wife hires a hot young stud as a gardener. It eventually gets through to her husband that some hanky panky may possibly be going on, and he begins to spy on her. Complications and murder ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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When adultery turns to obsession, the climax may be murder...


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Release Date:

5 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Explosion der Leidenschaften See more »

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Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Linnea Quigley wore her own bathing suit. See more »

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Worth seeing despite its flaws
10 August 2018 | by ehitchcockSee all my reviews

This movie belongs to Ty Randolph, who pulls off an acting coup in her portrayal of the seamless fusion of dominance and dependence in the personality of a predator, Charlotte Morland, who goes after the newly hired houseman Chris (played by Ken Abraham) while her despicable husband Stuart Morland (Jan Michael Vincent), who is only home on weekends, strings along his trampy secretary until he can decide "what to do with my wife" and Chris's sweet, not-too-bright girlfriend Michelle (Linnea Quigley), who loves Chris very much, can't wait to hook up with him in his new digs.

The result is a triple triangle: the Morlands and his secretary; the same Morlands and Chris; and Charlotte, Chris, and Michelle. What could possibly go wrong?

Although one part of the ending is revealed early on, it doesn't spoil the final twists. Quigley is adorable and believable, making you want to keep Michelle from harm; Vincent's one-note performance I judge to be good because every time Morland speaks I hate him more; and Jack Carter is good as Morland's lawyer though Ruth Collins is wooden as his secretary. Just for Ty Randolph and the final surprises, I think this movie is worth seeing despite its flaws.

The main weak spot is Chris, in two areas: script and casting. The Morlands are domineering people who make things happen; but the story is centered on Chris, a guy things happen to. With every development you're thinking he should know better. And the actor, Ken Abraham, can't seem to find the character--he wanders through various character types and fails to react at critical points. There's a good deal of movie-maker artifice too, especially the intrusive fantasy clips; they work when they tell us Chris fantasizes Michelle in all situatins, but the ones with Michelle Bauer as the "goddess of sex" confuse the story.

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