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The Surrogate (1984)

Stuck in a sexless marriage, a frustrated well-to-do couple agrees to see a female sex therapist. Unfortunately, she only helps escalate the tensions between them. Meanwhile, the police is baffled by a string of brutal nightly killings.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Hindle ... Frank Waite
Carole Laure ... Anouk Vanderlin
Shannon Tweed ... Lee Waite
Jim Bailey ... Eric
Michael Ironside ... George Kyber
Marilyn Lightstone ... Dr. Foreman
Jackie Burroughs ... Woman at Anouk's
Barbara Law Barbara Law ... Maggie Simpson
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... John Manyon
Jonathan Welsh Jonathan Welsh ... Brenner
Jean-Claude Poitras Jean-Claude Poitras ... Fashion Designer
Tony Scott Tony Scott ... Jones
Dean Hagopian Dean Hagopian ... Drunk
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Larry
Jim Hanley Jim Hanley ... Waiter
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Frank and Lee have marital problems: he's been impotent for 18 months, she alternates between sympathy and criticism. His temper gets the best of him, so he's seeing a psychotherapist who finds the anger and the impotence related. She recommends that Frank and Lee hire a mysterious European woman to lead them through fantasies intended to unlock passion and help them heal. At the same time this is going on, the police are investigating a series of stabbings: as corpses pile up, we wonder if Frank's temper may be behind this; or perhaps it's Eric, a cross-dressing neighbor and friend of Lee's; it may even be the European woman, who keeps popping up with new fantasies. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1984 (Canada) See more »

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Blind Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Color
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Performed by Martha and The Muffins
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Offbeat, intriguing, edgy thriller
14 January 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Art Hindle and Shannon Tweed (who doesn't look too good in this early role; IMO her looks improved with age) bring to you the ultimate in dysfunctional married couples: he's a bad-tempered car salesman with frequent outbursts of anger, and she's his frigid rich wife who doesn't like to be touched by anyone except herself. Can the enigmatic "sex surrogate" Carole Laure help them solve their problems by immersing them in a series of wild fantasies? And who is killing all those people around the neighborhood, puzzling police detective Michael Ironside? It's this collection of messed-up, edgy, unpredictable characters that makes "The Surrogate" so intriguing to watch. The movie seems to be on the edge of parody at times, but (thankfully) it never falls over. The final twist is not unguessable after a certain point, but it still makes for a pretty tense climax. (***)


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