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Playmaker (1994)

A would-be actress uncovers horrifying files on other starlets.

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Yuri Zeltser

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Kathryn Nemesh (story), Darren Block (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Colin Firth ... Ross Talbert / Michael Condren
Jennifer Rubin ... Jamie Harris
John Getz ... Eddie
Jeff Perry ... Allen
Arthur Taxier ... Detective Chassman
Dean Norris ... Detective Marconi
Belinda Waymouth Belinda Waymouth ... Angie
Diane Robin ... Terry
Stephen Polk ... Director
Alice Kushida Alice Kushida ... Casting Assistant
Clare Kirkconnell ... Realtor
William James Shaw William James Shaw ... Script Delivery Person
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Storyline

A talented young actress seeks the professional help of an acting coach. But he seems quite odd, and she finds files of other pupils murdered by him. As he tries to kill her to, she shoots him. As the police arrive at the scene a different corpse is lying dead on the ground, which seems to be the real teacher. As she fell in some sort of love with the false teacher, she tries to find him, and discovers that he was just an actor like herself, and that she is just a puppet on a string in a perverse and bizarre story... Written by Lukas Fichtinger <lfichtin@htlbraunau.asn-linz.ac.at>

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Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. See more »


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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1995 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Date - Eine tödliche Verabredung See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Playmaker Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The producer (Peter Samuelson) saw two people standing on a corner holding a sign "looking for money for movie". Their story was used as a basic for the screenplay. See more »

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In the darkroom Ross takes a print directly from the developer and hangs it up without using the stop bath or fixer. When exposed to light, the print would turn black after several seconds. See more »

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Oh so close to making the play
22 November 2000 | by corvus-3See all my reviews

This one works if you can suspend your disbelief just a wee bit more than you'd normally allow. The reward is a twisty ride through smoke and mirrors, stopping along the way to ask some pretty hefty questions.

Jamie is an aspiring actress who is long on ambition but short in the confidence department. Out of desperation, she hooks up with a brilliant but eccentric acting coach. He teaches her that nothing is what it seems, but what she really learns is that if you're good enough at deception, you can get away with murder. However, the real lesson here is that success achieved by becoming more ruthless than your enemies makes you the enemy.

Because your sympathy is with Jamie at all times, you are encouraged to believe that she is forced to take this position by people more evil than herself. This is a highly suspicious concept, I think. But it is an interesting idea and fairly well presented in a funhouse structure with enough surprises to keep you intrigued.


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