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The Maddening (1995)

Burt Reynolds finally goes completely insane in this psycho-horror flick about a deranged father who'll stop at nothing to protect his family's secrets.

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Danny Huston

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Andrew Neiderman (book), Henry Slesar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Roy Scudder
Angie Dickinson ... Georgina Scudder
Mia Sara ... Cassie Osborne
Brian Wimmer ... David Osborne
Josh Mostel ... Chicky Ross
William Hickey ... Daddy
Kayla Buglewicz Kayla Buglewicz ... Samantha Osborne
Candace Hutson ... Jill Scudder
Angela Bomford Angela Bomford ... Mrs. Plummer
Darrell Fetty ... Truman (as Darrel Fetty)
Rett Wedding Rett Wedding ... Conrad
Bobby Amor Bobby Amor ... Jake
Marie Debrey ... Joanne
Victoria Bass Victoria Bass ... Lisa
Daniel Greene ... Cop
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Storyline

David and Cassie Osborne have an argument one night. So the next morning after David goes to work, Cassie runs off to her sister's house for a few days with their daughter Samantha. Only they never get there. David starts looking for them, and her sister, Joanne, thinks David had something to do with their disappearance, and calls the police. Actually Samantha and Cassie are with Roy and Georgina Scudder, and their daughter Jill. Roy picked them up after their car broke down. The only problem is, the Scudders, who seem a little odd at first, won't let them leave or call anyone. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Never rely on the kindness of strangers. See more »

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Rated R for violence and terror, and for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demencia See more »

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Thinkfactory Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Reynolds apparently kept a photo from his earlier movie Sam Whiskey (1969) in which he also starred with Angie Dickinson. The still was of the bedroom scene between himself and Dickinson. Reynolds apparently had the photo blown-up and then hung it over the top of his bar at his house. A caption was added to the picture. It read: "An actor's life is pure hell?". See more »

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Referenced in Decker: Sonrise (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

MIDNIGHT BLUES
Written by Wendy Levy and Patt Pattison
Courtesy of Mar-Tune Music and Music Meister Publishing
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May be Reynolds' lowest point
6 December 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I decided to watch "The Maddening" because I was intrigued by the movie's promise of showcasing Burt Reynolds in a very atypical role, that being a bad guy. But I was sorely let down by the end results. Except for some good photography and lighting for what was a low budget production, the movie goes wrong in just about every way you can think of. The story has nothing really new - you'll be able to more or less predict what will happen next before it actually happens on the screen, save for some REALLY BIG continuity gaffs. As for Reynolds (who wears an especially bad hairpiece), although he has shown he can act in other movies, here he just seems to be badly miscast; at every moment he comes across as good ol' boy Burt Reynolds instead of someone who is scary and disturbed. One last thing: While the movie got slapped with an "R" rating, it really doesn't earn that harsh rating. If you ask me, the movie is more deserving of a PG-13 rating.


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