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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

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Two detectives interrogate a hairdresser on two homicides she may or may not have been involved in.

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Alan Rudolph
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Cynthia Kellogg
Glenne Headly ... Joyce Urbanski
Bruce Willis ... James Urbanski
John Pankow ... Arthur Kellogg
Harvey Keitel ... Det. John Woods
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Det. Linda Nealon
Frank Vincent ... Dominic, Joyce's Father
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Gloria, James' Mother
Crystal Field Crystal Field ... Jeanette, Joyce's Mother
Marianne Leone ... Aunt Rita (as Maryanne Leone)
Marc Baron ... Usher (as Marc Tantillo)
Doris McCarthy ... Pat - Cynthia's Mother
Christopher Scotellaro Christopher Scotellaro ... Joey, James' Brother
Ron J. Amodea Ron J. Amodea ... Band Leader
Leonid Merzon Leonid Merzon ... Yuri
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Storyline

The hairdresser, wife and mother Cynthia Kellogg is in police department being interrogated by the experienced detective John Woods and his partner, Detective Linda Nealon. Through flashbacks, she reveals how her best friend and colleague Joyce Urbanski married the scum and nasty James Urbanski; how hard Joyce's life with James was; and why Joyce became a criminal. The smart detective finds some contradictions in her statement and presses Cynthia, trying to disclose the truth of two murders. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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After all the lies have been uncovered, there is only one place left to find the truth. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, momentary violence, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's title refers to Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' (Act I, Scene 5), in which Lady Macbeth invokes the powers of darkness in preparation for committing murder: "Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty..." See more »

Goofs

Camera crew reflected in the van when Joey drives away from Cynthia. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Urbanski: I think I hear him. Like, sometimes I think I hear his voice calling me.Joycie. It's really weird, the way the mind works.
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Connections

Remade as Anything That Moves (1992) See more »

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Just the Way You Are
Written by Billy Joel
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Just don't overthink it, and it will be good
23 March 2020 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

Mortal Thoughts was an average film of its time. As long as you don't overthink anything, you should find the film enjoyable. For those of you who like to over analyze everything, nitpick, over think, over exaggerate, please, either stay away from this, or just keep your mouth shut and try to let the person sitting next to you enjoy the damn movie. Sure, its botchy. It's not terrific, it's not perfect, but it is a solid film that is pretty engrossing. I wouldn't necessarily call this a thriller, although I think the title would suggest it to be one. This is more of a mystery, and by mystery, I'm talking about the "what really happened", not the "whodunnit" mystery, so if that doesn't appeal to you, this isn't what you're looking for. Everything is pretty simple and straight forward as far as the premise, there's a murder, and the viewer thinks they know who, but why, and do you REALLY know who? Bruce Willis plays a perverted pig in this film ( he asks Demi Moore multiple times to reveal herself to him, in his own words. God I wanted to slap his character!) It does have a twist or two, although I will argue that the twist may have killed the movie a little bit. I understand why they did it, but this is where the movie would have been fine without it, and unfortunately, I can't reveal why without spoiling anything, so I have to end this here. It's going to excel for about 66% of you, guesstimating. The rest of you knuckleheads are going to want to rip it apart with your logic and common sense and....I wish people could just enjoy films like they did back in 1991! Oh, look, that's what year this was released. I give it 6 out of 10 stars. Fair film for its time. So give it a fair shake.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pensamientos mortales See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,068,524, 21 April 1991

Gross USA:

$18,784,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,784,957
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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