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Special Effects (1984)

A director makes a movie based on a murder he committed.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zoë Lund ... Andrea Wilcox / Elaine Bernstein (as Zoe Tamerlis)
Eric Bogosian ... Neville
Brad Rijn ... Keefe Waterman
Kevin O'Connor Kevin O'Connor ... Det. Lt.Philip Delroy
Bill Oland Bill Oland ... Det. Vickers
H. Richard Greene ... Leon Gruskin (as Richard Greene)
Steven Pudenz Steven Pudenz ... Wiesanthal
Heidi Bassett Heidi Bassett ... Neville's Asst. Director
John Woehrle John Woehrle ... Studio Executive (as John Woerhle)
Kitty Summerall Kitty Summerall ... Andrea's Roommate
Kris Evans ... Cosmetician
Mike Alpert Mike Alpert ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Reality and illusion collide in this thriller about a megalomaniacal movie director who murders a young would-be actress, then sets about making a feature about the deed, casting the dead woman's clueless husband as the patsy, and finding a dead ringer to play the part of the dead actress. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Andrea was dying to get in the movies ... See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cutting Room See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the head shots Neville and Detective Delroy look through is Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie See more »

Goofs

Andreas hair changes from wavy to curly in each scene See more »

Quotes

Reporter: What is your greatest influence?
Neville: Abraham Zapruder.
Reporter: Who?
Neville: Honest Abe never lies.
Reporter: How do you spell that?
Neville: J-F-K.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 30 secs and edits shots from the stranglings of Andrea and the blackmailer, as well as heavily reducing a scene of Neville watching film footage of Andrea's murder. See more »

Connections

References Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Just A Face (But Just The Same)
Performed by David Snider and The Defiel Band
Music and Lyrics by Michael Minard
©1984 Minard Music Company-ASCAP
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"Columbo"..... with nudity ...... without Peter Falk ...................
6 August 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Special Effects" could easily pass for a weak episode of "Columbo", except for two things. There is nudity and there is no Peter Falk. I can just imagine an episode titled "Reel Death" on my television screen. This is not far fetched, as director Larry Cohen wrote no less than three episodes of "Columbo". Unfortunately "Special Effects" has problems. The gorgeous Zoe Tamerlis would not be one of them, that is until she opens her mouth. Her acting was perfect in Ms.45 since she played a mute. The New York locations and Eric Bogosian's artistically decorated film studio offer more entertainment than the film itself, which is almost awful ........................... MERK


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