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The Maddening (1995)

R | | Thriller | 18 June 1996 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Scudder
... Georgina Scudder
... Cassie Osborne
... David Osborne
... Chicky Ross
... Daddy
Kayla Buglewicz ... Samantha Osborne
... Jill Scudder
Angela Bomford ... Mrs. Plummer
... Truman (as Darrel Fetty)
Rett Wedding ... Conrad
Bobby Amor ... Jake
... Joanne
Victoria Bass ... Lisa
... Cop
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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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Rated R for violence and terror, and for some language | See all certifications »
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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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By Dan Raziel and Marino
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What was Burt thinking?
28 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Maddening is a trashy, low-budget flick with a "big" star. I couldn't figure out why Burt Reynolds would appear in something like this, especially since he's always seemed so vain, I didn't think he'd have it in him to play a "bad guy." Looking back, this was made around the time of his divorce from Loni Anderson and the cancellation of his TV Show, so his star was definitely on the decline at the time. Maybe he needed the money to pay for lawyers? That being said, Burt is one of the few really good things in this film. His understated performance and on-screen charisma kept me watching even when the story and terribly pacing made me want to turn it off.

Unfortunately there's only so much that actors can do with material. This film is paced so poorly, and the story is so one-dimensional (just waiting for all of the characters to converge for the final show-down) that there's little the actors can do to help.


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