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Malice (1993)

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A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

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Harold Becker

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (story), Jonas McCord (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Jed
Nicole Kidman ... Tracy
Bill Pullman ... Andy
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dana
George C. Scott ... Dr. Kessler
Anne Bancroft ... Ms. Kennsinger
Peter Gallagher ... Dennis Riley
Josef Sommer ... Lester Adams
Tobin Bell ... Earl Leemus
William Duff-Griffin William Duff-Griffin ... Dr. George Sullivan
Debrah Farentino ... Tanya
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Paula Bell
David Bowe ... Dr. Matthew Robertson
Diana Bellamy ... Ms. Worthington
Michael Hatt Michael Hatt ... Neighbor Boy
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Storyline

A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches children, Andy's a college professor. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know it all" doctor. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Deception. Betrayal. Murder. Some things you never see coming. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodily Harm See more »

Filming Locations:

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,232,650, 3 October 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,044,636
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Dolby SR | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Tracy's mother does the card trick, she secretly places the card Andy chose in the left pocket of her robe, but she removes it from her right robe pocket before showing it to him. See more »

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Andy Safian: You want something done right, dammit, you call a teacher.
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The God Complex and the Scammy Scamersons.
13 February 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Malice is directed by Harold Becker and co-written by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank from a story by Jonas McCord. It stars Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Bebe Neuwirth and Josef Sommer. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Gordon Willis.

Andy (Pullman) and Tracy Safian (Kidman) take in a respectable Dr. Jed Hill (Baldwin) as a lodger thinking he ticks all the ace lodger boxes. However, he turns out to be far from ace and after having to perform emergency surgery on Tracy, the Safian's world gets turned upside down...

Malice is an old fashioned thriller, it has flaws and major implausibilities, but if taken on its own popcorn thriller terms it rounds out as a good night's entertainment. There's considerable thriller talent involved in the production, with Becker (Sea of Love), Frank (Dead Again), Sorkin (A Few Good Men), Kidman (Dead Calm) and Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October) all having been party to producing some quality genre offerings. It's loaded with betrayals and shifty shenanigans, and when the surprises come they are genuinely smart and worth the wait. But why the makers decided to tag in a pointless serial killer sub-plot is anyone's guess since it has no bearing on the otherwise well thought out story. Cast are on form, with Baldwin revelling in oily egomania and Pullman classical in gullible's travels mode.

You will wish it had a more thundering climax, even if it is actually a touch clever, and credibility is often stretched to breaking point, but Malice operates out of the upper echelons of 1990s thrillers and still remains entertaining today. 7/10


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