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Tattoo (1981)

Tattoo (1981)






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Bruce Dern stars in this disturbing shocker about a mentally unbalanced tattoo artist named Karl Kinski, who is hired to put a series of fake tattoos on fashion model Maddy (Maud Adams) as part of an advertising campaign. But Kinski becomes obsessed with Maddy and decides to kidnap her. Keeping her a captive, he uses her body as a living canvas for his tattoo designs. During its initial release, the film raised the ire of feminist groups because of the ad campaign that featured a naked woman bound at the ankles. The film was scripted by Joyce Bunuel, (Luis Bunuel's daughter-in-law).more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joyce Bu˝uel, Bob Brooks, Bob Brooks
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Bruce Dern
as Karl Kinsky
John Getz
as Buddy
Alan Leach
as Customer
Lex Monson
as Dudley
B.J. Cirell
as Porno Girl
Henry Dibling
as Bing Make-Up
Orlando Dole
as Taxi Driver
Robert Hitt
as House Buyer
Don Jay
as Musician
Jack Davidson
as Boat Captain
Shunshin Kan
as Japanese Tattoo Arti...
Richard McGonagle
as Texan's Friend #1
Harold Mandel
as Texan's Friend #2
Frank Santos
as Sanchez
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Critic Reviews for Tattoo

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Overheated psychological horror schlock.

January 12, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An effectively creepy psychological thriller with Bruce Dern at his unhinged best.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

All involved in this project seem to be in need of some Freudian analysis.

Full Review… | December 26, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Tattoo

One of Dern's trademark unbalanced psyche roles.

Steve Strange

Super Reviewer

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