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Suture (1993)

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

Certificate:

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:

Coolidge, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$102,780
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Company Credits

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Kino Korsakoff See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of both Scott McGehee and David Siegel. See more »

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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

(The Guest) Arrival at Wartburg
from "Tannhauser"
By Richard Wagner
Performed by Parry Music Library
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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A filmmaker's film
18 May 2003 | by joybran2000See all my reviews

A masterpiece of black and white Cinemascope, a brilliant use of the format. Every frame is beautifully composed with meticulous production design and art direction. It is so stylized that perhaps only ardent cinephiles can really appreciate it.

The story is about a rich murderer who discovers that he has a long lost brother who looks so much like him that, if he is killed by a car bomb (in the murderer's car, in his clothes, carrying his identification), nobody will guess it isn't the murderer. The innocent brother is so poor and naive that he allows himself to be set up, but, instead of dying, he survives with a smashed face and no memory.

The justification for this implausible setup is the opportunity to explore the idea of identity by positing an amnesia patient who is fitted with a very different person's face and past. If this story had been told in a conventional way with color, a narrower screen size, realistic rather than stylized acting, and the casting of two actors who looked very similar, it would have made a reasonably interesting thriller.

The brilliance lies in the artifice, especially in casting the wonderful Dennis Haysbert in a role written for his directly opposite physical type. The filmmakers seem to expect the audience to be able to watch the movie on more than one level. The story allows the audience to consider the obvious questions about the nature of identity, but the stylization allows the audience to consider the different questions about the nature of the film experience.


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