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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 ... Pet Shop Woman
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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The film was made and released about twenty-two years after its source novel "The Plastic Nightmare" by Richard Neely had been first published in 1969. See more »

Goofs

During the chase in the woods, the right front hubcap comes off of the Dodge, but it's back in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Dan Merrick: [on body disposal] We reckoned the chemicals in the ship would dissolve the body
Gus Klein: [gloating] Fat Chance... its *Formaldehyde*... it's one of the best *preservatives* known to man
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Psychological Thrillers (2016) See more »

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Written by Ashley J. Irwin
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Hitchcockian web woven with ludicrous plot.
1 October 1999 | by movieman9See all my reviews

Wolfgang Petersen has done some good thrillers in the past and has deep respect for classical directors such as Hitchcock, so what better opportunity than to create his own thriller the way the Master of Suspense would have if he were alive. He assembles a good cast, among them Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins (in an enjoyable role), and Greta Scacchi, and creates a story a la Vertigo. What could go wrong? With movies like this, one glitch in the plot could topple the whole film off the bell tower (pardon the Vertigo pun), and this one does just that. A man trying to remember what occurred in his personal life after surviving a tragic car wreck can be enthralling, and at many times this picture is indeed mind-numbing, but three-quarters into the story, you feel as if you have been cheated. Plausibility is a real concern in this thriller, but that's not to say there are not good elements within this confusion. Wolfgang Petersen shows a real expertise for framing his ludicrous story, and I believe Hitch would have been pleased with how Petersen motivates the camera here. Berenger does an okay job as the suffering crash victim, but it is Hoskins that really impresses as the pet store owner/private investigator who helps Berenger discover who he really was. "Shattered" is a nicely lensed film with a good dose of suspense surrounding it, but for a pay-off, I believe Hitchcock could have shown the filmmakers a thing or two about playing it straight with a good ending. Rating: Two stars and a half.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Manzanita, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,457,105, 14 October 1991

Gross USA:

$11,511,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,511,031
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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