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Wicked (1998)

14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

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Michael Steinberg

Writer:

Eric Weiss
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A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz's most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stiles ... Ellie Christianson
Louise Myrback Louise Myrback ... Lena Anderson
William R. Moses ... Ben Christianson
Chelsea Field ... Karen Christianson
Vanessa Zima ... Inger Christianson
Patrick Muldoon ... Lawson Smith
Linda Hart ... Mrs. Potter
Casey Rion ... Leon
Michael Parks ... Detective Boland
Patrick McTavish Patrick McTavish ... Bobby Smith
Connie Blankenship Connie Blankenship ... Mrs. Smith
Venessa Verdugo ... Police Woman
Kyle Sabihy Kyle Sabihy ... Snuffy Holmes
Sterling Macer Jr. ... Detective Ritchie (as Sterling Macer)
Beano ... Forensic Cop
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After the mysterious death of an upper class housewife, her oldest daughter literally takes her place, dressing in her mother's clothes and seducing the father. A quirky detective investigates the crime and finds that there are many suspects, each with something to hide. Written by Larry McGillicuddy <pcsq84f@prodigy.com>

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Evil Never Looked So Good.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Second Wife See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Inger Christianson: Who died and made you boss?... Oh.
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Features Carnival of Souls (1962) See more »

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Clown
Performed by Switchblade Symphony
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Underrated thriller.
16 June 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

What's the use of watching movies if you're unwilling or too prejudiced to spot a genuinely talented filmmaker, regardless of the genre (or the budget) he's working with? Michael Steinberg shows, in this particular movie at least, that he is such a talent; his virtuosity is reminiscent of De Palma in his prime (think "Body Double"), and some of his subjective tracking shots would put Carpenter to shame. It's true that the script is formulaic and unoriginal (has a great twist ending, though). But thanks to the direction and the good performances in each and every role, "Wicked" is a taut, gripping and occasionally steamy little thriller. Worth a look for anyone with even a passing interest in the genre. (**1/2)


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