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Possessed (1947)


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Release Date: Jul 26, 1947 Wide



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We first meet Joan Crawford, star of the moody flashbackfest Possessed, wandering aimlessly through the city streets, moaning "David....David." She goes to pieces in public and is rushed to the mental ward, where a team of psychiatrists try to find out who she is and where she's been. Who she is is a practical nurse, hired by Raymond Massey to care for Massey's invalid wife. While going about her duties, Crawford renews her acquaintance with an old flame, architect Van Heflin. Though Heflin is


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Silvia Richards

Jun 14, 2005

Warner Bros. Pictures

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It's a role that Crawford was born to play, but ultimately the film is too campy to be memorable.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source:

Possessed does have a few very good insights into the self-abasing aggressiveness of unrequited love.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Too heavy with German stimmung.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Possessed

What a great film to see for Mother's day! Crawford's obsession and descent to madness is quite believable. Van Heflin has all the great lines and plays the rakish cad perfectly.
May 17, 2012

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I was completly expecting a different thing. Something between paranormal and suspense...but no. The movie is about this woman with serious mental problems. Filmed back in 1947 but impecable directed, the camera angles are great. Almost everything is really good, the acting, the cinematography, the story. The end I feel that needs a little more punch, but well, minor detail. So rent it, look for it or buy it. Oh!, and Geraldine Brooks...O_O wow.
August 16, 2011
Sergio Garcia

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Excellent movie, I loved how this was filmed - the whole beginning of the movie as she wanders down the street half crazy reminded me of photography,
Truly an enthralling movie, following Louise (Joan Crawford), who is obsessed with the caddish David and driven to insanity by having to watch him with her daughter in law, or maybe by Schizophrenia, who is to know which came first?!
One of the best old movies I have seen, not far short of Mildred Pierce.
July 5, 2011

Super Reviewer

A good obsession movie, and Crawford is just the woman to play this character, I really liked this movie.
October 24, 2010

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    1. Louise Howell Graham: David! Take me with you. DAVID!
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