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Trick of the Eye (1994)

A woman artist is hired by a wealthy woman to paint a mural in a room however she finds out that the woman wants her to do more than paint the mural as hidden family secrets are revealed.

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Ed Kaplan

Writers:

Jane Stanton Hitchcock (novel), John Gay (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Frances Griffin
Meg Tilly ... Faith Crowell
Paxton Whitehead ... Deane
Alastair Duncan ... Simon
Romy Rosemont ... Cathy Newman
Barnard Hughes ... Harry Pitt
Vicki Walker Vicki Walker
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A woman artist is hired by a wealthy woman to paint a mural in a room however she finds out that the woman wants her to do more than paint the mural as hidden family secrets are revealed.

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not a bad b-class film
24 January 2003 | by KatharineFanaticSee all my reviews

A struggling young artist is caught up in a heavenly opportunity when she's asked to paint the grand ballroom of an upper class Long Islander. The older woman, Mrs. Griffin, seems to have a strange fascination with the painter, and the "vision" created on the ballroom walls, which leads Faith to the mysterious death of the woman's daughter, Cassandra. As she unfolds truth from deception, she lies on the brink of a horrifying discovery...

There are obvious flaws in the structure of this film, which doesn't explain away all the events in the characters' lives, but overall as a thriller it works. The aura of the house and the strange Mrs. Griffin give the piece an eerie feeling, even as we fear Faith is treading on the threshold of doom. The performances are fair and although there's a lack of dramatic action until the last few minutes of film, we really get a sense of who the characters are and even some of their motivations. The final scene is jarring enough to satisfy any mystery fan, even if Burstyn's acting seems a little over the top.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mist√©rios do Passado See more »

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1.33 : 1
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