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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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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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Thriller

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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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$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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Officer: So you do think it was him?
Detective Roland: Him... or somebody else.
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by Jack Off Jill
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Ridiculously unsupported ending...
28 December 2002 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 12/28/02 - 5 out of 10(Dir-Michael Steinberg): Ridiculously unsupported ending blows what for the most part was a very stylish, well acted, well-done horror/thriller movie. Julia Stiles does a superb job with her role of a tortured child with violent tendencies and the direction is sly and cunning, but for some reason the filmmakers decided to throw a curve in the last half hour that works for some movies but for this one destroyed all that had been built up to this point. To tell you much of the story wouldn't really matter because, just remember, the end isn't what is expected or should be unless the actors & actresses are lying to you throughout it. This is basically about a mother who becomes killed apparently by a break-in but through the twists and turns of the story-telling we are being led to believe that one of the children has something to do with it. That actress is then put through the paces and shown to be a definite possibility to the murder even to the point of imitating her mother after her death and definetly wanting to take her place. The movie should have been more about why she wanted to do this but we only get small hints about this. Then, all of a sudden, instead of exploring what I mentioned in the last sentence the aforementioned `stupid' & `meaningless' ending was thrown at us from left field. I think I've said enough, Yes I'm upset.(but I'll get by). Hopefully Steinberg will as well.


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