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Shattered (1991)

After a horrific car wreck leaves him an amnesiac, a man slowly begins to unravel his shocking past.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Richard Neely (novel), Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Dan Merrick
Bob Hoskins ... Gus Klein
Greta Scacchi ... Judith Merrick
Joanne Whalley ... Jenny Scott (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Corbin Bernsen ... Jeb Scott
Debi A. Monahan Debi A. Monahan ... Nancy Mercer
Bert Rosario ... Rudy Costa
Jedda Jones Jedda Jones ... Sadie
Scott Getlin Scott Getlin ... Jack Stanton
Kellye Nakahara ... Lydia
Dona Hardy Dona Hardy ... Pet Shop Woman
Frank Cavestani Frank Cavestani ... Cop
Jasmin Gabler Jasmin Gabler ... Jeb's Secretary
Charlene Hall Charlene Hall ... Receptionist
Dierk Torsek Dierk Torsek ... Dr. Benton
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Storyline

Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can't remember. He meets pet shop owner and part time private detective Gus Klein who is supposedly done some work for him prior to the accident. Klein helps Merrick to find out more about his past and true identity. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A love he can't forget. A murder he can't remember.


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Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Búsqueda mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Manzanita, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,511,031
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', of this project, director Wolfgang Petersen "was contemplating [it] even before his breakthrough success with Das Boot (1981) ten years earlier". See more »

Goofs

The initial car crash ostensibly happened in Marin County CA, but a scene where they return to the crash site shows granite talus slopes and tall pine trees, as found in the Sierras or Rockies. See more »

Quotes

Gus Klein: So your wife had an affair. You've never had an affair, Mr. Merrick?
Dan Merrick: As a matter of fact, I have. But I'm not sure with who.
Gus Klein: [laughing] That could keep a guy on his toes, huh?
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Soundtracks

NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN
Written by Justin Hayward
Performed by The Moody Blues
Published by Essex Music, Inc.
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of
PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc.
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Neo-Noir ala Petersen
28 April 2007 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

Wolfgang Petersen (Poseidon & the Neverending Story)'s Neo Noir starring Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, and Greta Scacchi about a West Coast developer who has amnesia after a car accident and begins to suspect his wife of treachery.

This begins in a pretty mundane way. It runs like any one of thousands of films of the early 1990's, and there doesn't appear to be anything special about it until you get a little bit of the way into it. Roughly one third through, you begin to see the subtle idiosyncrasies of this work, and soon, you are wholly absorbed.

This features some great intrigues, a nice well paced plot, and a really twisty ending. Dialog delivery isn't as bad as you might expect, and the story itself steals the show. Camera angles are a bit odd at times, but nothing like some of those 1970's flicks!

All in all, though it was done as recently as 1991, it is horribly dated but I was still completely entertained by this film, and while it's not Friday-Saturday night quality, it makes for a great Saturday or Sunday afternoon diversion.

It rates a 7.6/10 from...

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