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Tattoo (1981)

A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.

Director:

Bob Brooks

Writers:

Bob Brooks (story), Joyce Buñuel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... Karl Kinsky
Maud Adams ... Maddy
Leonard Frey ... Halsey
Frederikke Borge Frederikke Borge ... Sandra (as Rikke Borge)
John Getz ... Buddy
Peter Iacangelo ... Dubin
Alan Leach Alan Leach ... Customer
Cynthia Nixon ... Cindy
Trish Doolan ... Cheryl
Anthony Mannino Anthony Mannino ... George
Lex Monson Lex Monson ... Dudley
Patricia Roe Patricia Roe ... Doris
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Teresa
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Ralph
John Snyder ... Hawker
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Storyline

Karl Kinsky, an unbalanced tattoo artist, becomes dangerously obsessed with Maddy, a model he meets when he's hired to paint temporary tattoos on a group of women for a photo shoot. As his obsession grows, Kinsky becomes increasingly determined that Maddy should bear his "mark" ... forever. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Taglines:

His twisted passion for her and her desire to escape, mark their lives forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tatuaje al desnudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Writer-producer Bob Brooks once said of this film: "We created 'Tattoo' as a drama of what one human being can do to another, love, possession, vengeance. We lay tattoos on each other in any kind of a relationship. Call it a mark, call it a scar, the effects are permanent". Similary, actress Maud Adams once said that the film was a "story about the psychological marks people put on one another in the name of love". See more »

Quotes

Karl Kinsky: Usually they're women that are ready to identified, ready to belong. Women that need the mark in order to exist. It's nothing new. It's actually been going on for centuries.
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: James Bond (1983) See more »

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Bruce Dern's intense yet subtle performance makes a mundane thriller into a fascinating viewing experience.
14 January 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I love Bruce Dern! The guy has appeared in some of my all time favourite exploitation movies ('The Wild Angels', 'The Trip', 'Psych-Out', 'The Cycle Savages', 'Bloody Mama'), usually playing some kinda evil or deranged character. He does it so well that you can forgive many people thinking he must be a bad ass in real life, when apparently he's a straight living health freak who indulges in marathon running. Anyway, he makes 'Tattoo' into a fascinating viewing experience. It isn't the greatest movie ever made, in fact it's quite a mundane thriller for the most part, but Dern makes it compelling with an intense and yet subtle performance. He plays a very odd tattoo artist who becomes obsessed with Maddy, a bitchy model (Maud Adams, Bond girl and 'Rollerball'). Now Maud Adams isn't really my cup of tea but she sure looks good in the nude scenes, and anyway, this is Dern's movie all the way. Most people seem down on this one, but I can't see why. I will say that the bigger the Dern fan you are the more you will enjoy it. I enjoyed it a LOT!


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