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The Fatal Image (1990)

A woman and her daughter vacationing in Paris get caught up in intrigue after being witnesses to a murder.

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Thomas J. Wright

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C.J. Charles (story), Jeff Andrus (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michele Lee ... Barbara Brennan
Justine Bateman ... Megan Brennan
François Dunoyer François Dunoyer ... Insp. Hemery
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Vandelle
Sonia Petrovna ... Contancia
François Guétary François Guétary ... Prades
François Delaive ... Luc
Bernard Lepinaux Bernard Lepinaux ... Briot
Mike Davies ... Tex (as Michael Davies)
Philippe De Brugada Philippe De Brugada ... Alibert
Pierre-Olivier Mornas Pierre-Olivier Mornas ... Moped Owner
Belkacem Tatem Belkacem Tatem ... Turk
David Jalil David Jalil ... Utoria
Guy Verame Guy Verame ... Dorman Piqall
Anne-Laure Luisoni Anne-Laure Luisoni ... Maid
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A woman and her daughter vacationing in Paris get caught up in intrigue after being witnesses to a murder.

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They wanted to see the sights. What they saw was murder. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strangers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Collapses After A Promising Beginning.
21 April 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Mother and daughter Barbara and Megan Brennan, played respectively by Michele Lee and Justine Bateman, on holiday in Paris, are engaged in the customary activities of tourists there: climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower, boating upon the Seine, etc., with Megan capturing their activities with a video camera; when she mischievously films a couple passionately embracing at a construction site, she unwittingly records a murder and the killer, having spotted Megan's camera actions, pulls out all stops to find her in order to take possession of the damning tape. This is an intriguing basis for a scenario, but this internationally financed co-production droops hopelessly into weak melodrama as the script with its hackneyed dialogue is full of inconsistencies in logic and continuity, direction is flaccid, particularly of the featured players, and post-production dubbing and looping are flawed. Despite all of this, some excellent production values are in evidence, enhanced by appropriate scoring from Michel Colombier and the able cinematography of Jean-Yves Le Mener. A solid performance is given by François Dunoyer as a police detective and the splendid actress Sonia Petrovna garners acting honours with a skilled albeit largely wasted turn as a genuine femme fatale. For this low-budget affair, the DVD and VHS versions are identical.


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