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Whispers in the Dark (1992)

A psychiatrist (Sciorra) is helping a neurotic art gallery owner who has a submissive and very satisfying sexual relationship with her new lover, a domineering man with a violent streak. An... See full summary »

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Christopher Crowe
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Annabella Sciorra ... Ann Hecker
Jamey Sheridan ... Doug McDowell
Anthony LaPaglia ... Larry Morgenstern
Jill Clayburgh ... Sarah Green
John Leguizamo ... John Castillo
Deborah Kara Unger ... Eve Abergray (as Deborah Unger)
Anthony Heald ... Paul
Alan Alda ... Leo Green
Jacqueline Brookes ... Lorraine McDowell
Gene Canfield ... Billy O'Meara
Albert Pisarenkov Albert Pisarenkov ... Cab Driver
Malik Malik ... Earring Vendor
Bo Dietl ... Detective Ditali
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Badalucco Jr. Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Undercover Cop (as Joseph Baddalucco Jr.)
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Storyline

A psychiatrist (Sciorra) is helping a neurotic art gallery owner who has a submissive and very satisfying sexual relationship with her new lover, a domineering man with a violent streak. An airline pilot that the psychiatrist recently started dating turns out to be having an affair with the patient. When someone is murdered, the psychiatrist must decide whether the lover is a homicidal maniac or someone who loves her. Her mentor and his wife attempt to help her, but things aren't what they seem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Deception. Betrayal. Seduction. Murder. Her life depends on every word.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sessions See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,177,158, 9 August 1992

Gross USA:

$11,124,511

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,124,511
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Greta Scacchi and Lou Diamond Phillips were originally cast to play the lead roles of Ann Hecker and Doug McDowell respectively, but both immediately dropped out of the project. See more »

Goofs

Originally Ann says she is from Wisconsin. During the last act it is revealed she is actually from Ohio. See more »

Quotes

John Castillo: Nature played a real shit trick on me. I've got these instincts inside of me that are different from the others on this planet. When I see a pretty woman, I don't want to fuck. I want to hear the sounds she's makes when she's in pain.
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Alternate Versions

An unrated version is available on laserdisc, featuring a more explicit opening credits sequence and flashback scenes. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Hollywood's Fear of Love (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

BROKEN ARROW
Written and Performed by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Thinking man's thriller
3 January 1999 | by ScottyBSee all my reviews

I'm glad I stayed up to watch this one - I'd actually turned on the television to watch the previous movie that night and fortunately decided to keep on the same channel. I wasn't familiar with any of the cast before this movie, but the script was well written and the actors portrayed all the characters well.

This is definitely a movie where you have to keep your brain switched on to "thinking" mode to enjoy properly. Hardly surprising when almost all the characters are psychiatrists, detectives or patients on the therapists couch. The main theme of the movie is what happens when love is blind and you trust your instincts rather than the sober voices of friends around you. In a rather chilling twist, you are also made to consider just how much you should trust your friends who may have their own ulterior motives behind their apparent concern.

I along with, I imagine, most people watching this movie had the ending all figured out in my head - or so I thought until one of the best twists I can think of in a thriller - and was just waiting to see how and when they were going to prove me correct. I was, of course, completely wrong and a dramatic turn of events towards the end made this a thoroughly enjoyable movie which left me analysing the analysts long after the final credits had rolled. For those who enjoy this genre, I would highly recommend "Whispers In The Dark". I rated it at 8 out of 10 after one viewing, although I may have to watch again to decide if I should have rated it a 9. Definitely worth a night in.


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