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Illusions (1992)

A young wife, Jan has a mental breakdown and spends time in a hospital. Eventually, she wants to go home, but her doctor is hesitant to release her. Still the woman, wanting to save her ... See full summary »

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Victor Kulle

Writer:

Peter Colley (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Carradine ... Greg / Husband
Heather Locklear ... Jan / Wife
Emma Samms ... Laura / Greg's sister
Ned Beatty ... George / handyman
Susannah York ... Dr. Sinclair
Melinda Cordell ... Mrs. Sanderson
Paul Mantee ... Professor McRoe / Jan's father
Leslie Danon Leslie Danon ... Laura / Young
Russell Baer Russell Baer ... Greg / Young
Elli Maclure ... Nurse
Patrick Wright ... Orderly
Suzanne Tegmann Suzanne Tegmann ... Patient
Michael Brenner Michael Brenner ... Steven Willoughby
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A young wife, Jan has a mental breakdown and spends time in a hospital. Eventually, she wants to go home, but her doctor is hesitant to release her. Still the woman, wanting to save her disintegrating marriage, insists. Upon her return, she and her archaeologist husband, Greg are visited by Laura, his seductive "sister." The poor wife is appalled by the too close relationship between the two and shares her discomfort with her landlord and he has a peculiar reaction. Meanwhile, the hapless wife seems to becoming increasingly paranoid and strange. She has no idea that drugs are behind her odd behavior. Eventually, she goes over the edge and shoots her sister-in-law, and still the madness continues until the story's violent climax. Written by lament

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before Midnight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The play is much better
22 June 2005 | by JaynrandSee all my reviews

I bought this video because I was working on a production of the play it is based on "I'll Be Back Before Midnight." The play and the screenplay for this movie are both by Peter Colley, who is also an associate producer of the film.

As has been noted, the director was working on an English-speaking production for the first time and was a Russian political refugee - who came to the US via Czechkoslavakia. Better for him if he had stayed there.

This is a terrible movie. The suspense of the screenplay doesn't hold a candle to the play. I can't believe that Colley made such a mess of what is basically a terrific comedy-thriller. Plot lines are muddled, characters are non-existent or inconsistent, and there is not a moment of REAL suspense in the whole movie.

The director must share some of the blame, too, of course. I imagine the editors had their work cut out for them when they were handed this mess. A narration (by Heather Locklear's character, but not done by Locklear) just confuses things more.

IF you are considering doing the play, don't judge it by this movie. This is one of the worst movies I have EVER seen. The acting, the lighting and camera-work, the costumes, the music, and physical production are all just terrible. Originally set in an old "haunted" farm house - the movie takes place in some Spanish-style castle.

The whole premise is muddled and there is no mystery or suspense. Even the "surprise" ending has only one mild shock-scare, and that one is here and gone before you know what has happened.

I would say that the illusion here is that anyone involved knew anything about making a movie - especially a thriller.


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