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Suture (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 24 August 1994 (France)
After his brother tries to kill him, a man survives only to find himself in another man's body.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Haysbert ... Clay Arlington
Mel Harris ... Dr. Renee Descartes
Sab Shimono ... Dr. Max Shinoda
Dina Merrill ... Alice Jameson
Michael Harris ... Vincent Towers
David Graf ... Lt. Weismann
Fran Ryan ... Mrs. Lucerne
John Ingle ... Sidney Callahan
Sanford Gibbons ... Dr. Fuller (as Sandy Gibbons)
Mark DeMichele Mark DeMichele ... Detective Joe
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Nurse Stevens (as Sandra Lafferty)
Capri Darling Capri Darling ... Soprano
Carol Kiernan ... Ticket Agent
Laura Groppe Laura Groppe ... Sportswoman
Mel Coleman Mel Coleman ... Sportsman
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Storyline

Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father's funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a turn for the better, Vince is actually plotting to kill him with a car bomb and pass the corpse off as his own, planning to start a new life elsewhere with his father's inheritance. But Clay survives the blast and has his face, memory and identity restored in hospital... but are they the right ones? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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A thriller where nothing is black and white.

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sutura See more »

Filming Locations:

Eloy, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$102,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,780
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kino Korsakoff See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alto Rhapsody
By Johannes Brahms
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Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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Less Hitchcock, and more in the vein of John Frankenheimer
18 January 2017 | by DHfilmfanSee all my reviews

Suture is a wry, if overly self-conscious, and relatively amusing rumination on race, subjectivity (of the Cartesian variety, and its attendant mind-body dualism), class mobility, and perhaps to a lesser extent, the American criminal justice system.

Comparisons to Hitchcock are misguided, as Suture better resembles, if pays homage to, John Frankenheimer's classic Seconds (1966). Yet whereas the latter explores fickle desire as constitutive of subjectivity as its protagonist transforms from beleaguered banker to artist playboy (a lateral move in terms of class), Suture considers subjectivity's more social aspects. It plays with filmic conventions such as black-and-white imagery and period costumes and scenery as denoting the past, while providing us with the central conceit of a race-blind society (mirroring perhaps our 'post-racial' one?) The difficulty or discomforting level of dissonance required to accept the film's premise, and the implications such a conceit has for the film's characters, is perhaps itself the 'message' of the film.

I'd recommend a triple feature, watching first Seconds, then Suture, then the documentary 13th.


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