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Fascination (2004)

Only a few weeks after her husband's mysterious death, Maureen returns from a cruise with handsome Brit Oliver Vance in tow. Her son Scott is mortified. He still can't believe that his ... See full summary »

Director:

Klaus Menzel

Writers:

Daryl Haney (based on a screenplay by), John L. Jacobs (based on a screenplay by) (as John Jacobs) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Naughton ... Patrick Doherty
Jacqueline Bisset ... Maureen Doherty
Adam Garcia ... Scott Doherty
Stuart Wilson ... Oliver Vance
Alice Evans ... Kelly Vance
Craig Cady ... Phillip Shields
Vincent Castellanos ... District Attorney
Jaime Bello Jaime Bello ... Martin Earnhardt
Sterling Fitzgerald ... Sammi Russell (as Ann Michele Fitzgerald)
Ted Richard Ted Richard ... First Detective
Gary Davies Gary Davies ... Second Detective (as Gary-Michael Davies)
Cucho Viera Cucho Viera ... Pharmacist
Bill Sloan ... E.R. Doctor (as William Sloan)
Elia Enid Cadilla Elia Enid Cadilla ... Justice of the Peace
Idee B. Charriez Millet Idee B. Charriez Millet ... Nurse
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Storyline

Only a few weeks after her husband's mysterious death, Maureen returns from a cruise with handsome Brit Oliver Vance in tow. Her son Scott is mortified. He still can't believe that his father - a world-class athlete - actually drowned. When Maureen and Oliver announce wedding-plans, Scott's world begins to fall apart. Oliver's attractive daughter Kelly shares Scott's distrust of the impending marriage - and proposes a theory of her own: is it possible that Maureen and Oliver have known each other longer than just a few weeks; and if so, could they have possibly killed Scott's father? The two start to investigate - and soon fall in love. But while they are united by a horrible suspicion, the investigation soon reveals some secrets that keep them apart. Scott has to realize that he can truly trust no one - not Oliver, not Maureen and definitely not Kelly. Written by Karsten Kastelan

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She's either the love of his life... Or the end of it


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart of Stone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,018, 30 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,066, 6 February 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Quality Films, Classicmap See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film only played on 10 screens in the US. Worldwide release focused on Germany, where it played on 105 screens. See more »

Goofs

During the final conversation between the couple as they are discussing trust, her left hand is in her lap, then suddenly on the back of Scott's seat. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

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Decidedly un-thrilling
14 August 2005 | by jheiselSee all my reviews

Someone probably should have told the producers/directors of Fascination that a thriller is, by definition, supposed to be thrilling. Instead, this movie contains one of the funniest opening sequences ever: a buff older dude goes out for a swim, then on his way back to shore, a wave knocks him into a rock, his head hits with a big CRACK, and he drowns. Opening credits roll, with the unintentionally funny "Based on a screenplay by ..." two writers getting a chuckle out of me. Especially when it was followed by "Written, Produced and Directed by Klaus Menzel". Anyway, old dude's wife quickly remarries, throwing her son (Kangaroo Jack voice Adam Garcia) into a bit of a tizzy, which is only resolved when he meet new hubby's daughter, and they get their sex on. A series of unlikely events happen -- the best of which is Garcia and his lawyer buddy exhuming the former's father to perform a toxicology test -- and Garcia's suspicions of the new husband keep mounting. Like many other movies I have watched recently, this would probably make for an enjoyable enough afternoon on TBS/TNT/USA/etc. I honestly think that movies like this need to have their monotony broken up by commercials. Interestingly, this was not a made-for-TV move, but rather an MGM-financed $5,000,000-budget big-screen flop that opened on 10 screens nationwide and grossed a lot less than its budget. How much less? 1/10 would've been nice, but not even close. There are some sexy sex scenes though, so it's not all bad -- Alice Evans is a babe wicked stepsister. I would give it a 3.5 basically for that, but the end of this movie totally blew (even following what came before it), and right before the credits roll there is a joke (I assume it's a joke!) ad for Garcia's character's first album, ballads based on his pseudo-incestuous relationship with his sister. That brings this movie into solid 2.5-3.0 territory -- IMDb says 3.7, so hey!


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