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Desperate Motive (1993)

Distant Cousins (original title)
After not seeing him since he was a child, a successful advertising executive with the ideal family is visited by his cousin. He soon finds that his cousin and his cousin's fiance are ... See full summary »

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Andrew Lane

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Pierre David (story), C. Courtney Joyner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Harris ... Katherine June Sullivan
David Keith ... Harry Young
William Katt ... Richard Sullivan
Mary Crosby ... Marcie
Brian Bonsall ... Alex Sullivan
Marg Helgenberger ... Connie
Cyndi Pass Cyndi Pass ... Mrs. Simms
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Mr. Williams
Edward Bunker ... Mr. Benson
Stacey Nelkin ... Bank Teller
Christopher Kriesa ... 1st Policeman
James Welch James Welch ... Police Officer #3
Jack Bannon ... Bill Curtis
Perla Walter Perla Walter ... DMV Clerk
Peter Ferrari Peter Ferrari ... Teenage Boy
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After not seeing him since he was a child, a successful advertising executive with the ideal family is visited by his cousin. He soon finds that his cousin and his cousin's fiance are taking over his and his wife's life and winning the affection of his son. Written by Matthew Mosca

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The moment they arrived, The Nightmare Began... See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperate Motive See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Too Much Energy
Written by Chris Farren and Andy Lane
Courtesy of Farren Square Music
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Forgotten for a reason
5 November 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DISTANT COUSINS is a generally unknown addition to the wave of psycho-thriller movies that came out in the early 1990s. This one's about an evil cousin, as you'd guess from the title, but I was surprised to discover it as I'd never heard of it before. I soon found out why: this is a lacklustre addition to that sub-genre, one which never manages to be suspenseful despite the premise.

It doesn't help that the villainous characters here, played by David Keith and Marg Helgenberger, aren't even remotely frightening or threatening. They're merely trailer trash, and annoying to watch. The acting isn't really at fault - Keith is reliable, and it's fun to watch Helgenberger cast against type as a villain - but their characters just have no depth to them, which makes them lifeless.

Unfortunately, the married duo who have to put up with the scheming and backstabbing are equally dull, especially nice guy William Katt (CARRIE). Their bratty kid gets too much screen time, and the second half of the film in particular is unbelievable and just feels dragged out. The climax is as dull and predictable as the rest of this stale movie.


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