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Windows (1980)

Emily is the subject of a perverse obsession by a gay neighbor, Andrea, who not only is in lust with her but hires a rapist in order to get audio tapes of her moaning. Andrea turns peeping ... See full summary »


Gordon Willis


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Credited cast:
Talia Shire ... Emily Hollander
Joe Cortese ... Bob Luffrono (as Joseph Cortese)
Elizabeth Ashley ... Andrea Glassen
Kay Medford ... Ida Marx
Michael Gorrin ... Sam Marx
Russell Horton ... Steven Hollander
Michael Lipton Michael Lipton ... Dr. Marin
Rick Petrucelli Rick Petrucelli ... Obecny
Ron Ryan Ron Ryan ... Detective Swid
Linda Gillen ... Police Woman
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Nick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryce Bond Bryce Bond ... Voice-over
Ken Chapin Ken Chapin ... Renting Agent
Bette Davis ... Charlotte Vale (archive footage)
Marty Greene Marty Greene ... Ira


Emily is the subject of a perverse obsession by a gay neighbor, Andrea, who not only is in lust with her but hires a rapist in order to get audio tapes of her moaning. Andrea turns peeping tom and watches Emily with a telescope as she begins a love affair with Detective Cortese. Written by Dale Berryessa

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It does no good to lock the doors. See more »


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Release Date:

18 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corky See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$311,796, 20 January 1980

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1.85 : 1
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Endless shots of the Brooklyn Bridge. See more »


Andrea Glassen: Please... don't hurt me. Please... don't hurt me. *Please*... don't hurt me. Please... don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. Please. Please. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please.
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UK cinema and video versions were heavily cut by 2 minutes 16 secs by the BBFC to edit the opening rape scene. See more »


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They should do a modern re-make of this
2 June 2010 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

The general opinion of this movie is either that it is terrible, or that it is SO bad, it's actually good. Well, I don't think this movie is really "good" in any sense of the word, but it's not that bad either. It definitely has some good aspects. The cinematography is outstanding, not surprisingly perhaps since it was directed by famed cinematographer Gordon Willis. Visually it was kind of and attempt to update the moody film-noir style of the 40's and 50's to the present day (as of 1980 anyway). It was also filmed in NYC and it captures a lot of the palpably sleazy ambiance of the city in that era that can also be seen in films like "Taxi Driver" or "Dog Day Afternoon".

The plot is ridiculous, of course, but that's not necessarily a bad thing either. In fact, the people who were so offended by the movie originally should have taken into account that this movie defames real-life lesbians about as much as "Roadrunner" cartoons defame real-life coyotes. (And Wile E.Coyote gives a much more subdued performance and usually shreds less scenery than Elizabeth Ashley does in this movie). Besides the problem is not that lesbians are frequently portrayed as villains in movies. Even taking their relative numbers into account, there are still far less lesbian villains in movies (not including sexy bisexual women, which is a whole different thing) than there are white male villains. There is certainly a lack of POSITIVE portrayals of lesbians in movies perhaps even today, but that's a different issue. And, ironically, the typical negative portrayal of lesbians in the media does not generally involve them being murderous stalkers, but rather being shrill, self-righteous, humorless, man-hating busy-bodies who want to censor everything under the sun that offends their perpetually outraged sensibilities. Hmmm, I wonder where that stereotype comes from?

But back to the movie, this is one of 70's/80's movies that would actually be PERFECT for a re-make. They could put a really sexy actress in the lead who doesn't play the whole thing as deadly earnestly as ole "Yo! Adrienne!" does here. It would actually be pretty hard to best Elizabeth Ashley's campy, OTT performance, but I think modern audiences would certainly appreciate a performance like this a lot more than they did back in 1980. This isn't a good movie, of course,but why re-make a GOOD movie? Re-make, DVD release, or both--this is definitely long-due for some kind of revival.

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