Obsession 1976

Obsession

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Obsession suffers in comparison to the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that it mirrors, but director Brian De Palma's unique preoccupations give this thriller its own compulsive, twisted fingerprint.

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Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) is a husband and father whose wife, Elizabeth (Geneviève Bujold), and daughter, Amy (Wanda Blackman), have been kidnapped. When a rescue attempt fails, Elizabeth and Amy are killed, leaving Michael devastated and alone. After years of mourning, Michael travels to Italy and meets Sandra Portinari, a woman with a familiar face. Deeply in love and still haunted by the memory of Elizabeth and Amy, Michael fears that Sandra may face a similar fate.

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Cliff Robertson
Michael Courtland
Geneviève Bujold
Elizabeth Courtland, Sandra Portinari
John Lithgow
Robert Lasalle
Wanda Blackman
Amy Courtland
J. Patrick McNamara
Third Kidnapper
Don Hood
Ferguson
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Critic Reviews for Obsession

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for Obsession

  • Sep 18, 2016
    Rip-off of Vertigo that has none of that film's enigma, psychology or even masterful camerawork. What the film does have is trashy fun, a ludicrous twist and a superb music score.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    I think I like and enjoy Obsession a lot more than I do Vertigo. Sure, it doesn’t have anything on Hitchcock’s experience, but this was one of Brian De Palma’s early films. Hitchcock made his at the tail end of his career. In terms of plot, Obsession is incredibly more disturbing and twisted. I think the fact that it’s predictable about halfway in is like complete torture to the audience, a great move and sense of humor from De Palma. I just love the overall look of the film and how fun it is to watch. The performances are great and really add to the viewing experience. The music also makes that final touch of bizarre, a vital element to the structure of the film.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2010
    It might take me a couple of viewings to get this one. I was very very bored and nearly fell asleep during this one, and I'm a huge fan of Vertigo.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    Brian DePalma is the king of all style and no substance. This movie is DePalma's homage to Vertigo except with a sick twist. The film looks great, has amazing photography by Vilmos, and great score by the genius Bernard Herman. This film fails with Paul Schrader's lazy script. *Spoilers* You see who the bad guy is from a mile away and why he does it. I saw the twist coming but then some sick twisted shit happens to throw you off only to be confirmed later what you thought earlier. I know this sentence is confusing,but when you see this film you will know what I'm talking about. Worth watching,but typical dePalma here, good idea with poor execution.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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