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Wicked (1997)





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With suspense in the De Palma tradition, this thriller from Michael Steinberg (Bodies, Rest & Motion) hinges on the killer of cheating Karen Christianson (Chelsea Field), survived by her husband Ben (William R. Moses), troubled teen daughter Ellie (Julia Stiles), and little sister Inger (Vanessa Zima). At the gated tract-house community where they live, homicide detective Boland (Michael Parks) keeps his eye on a variety of suspects -- prissy Mrs. Potter (Linda Hart), womanizing Lawson Smith (Patrick Muldoon of Starship Troopers); and au pair Lena (Swedish actress Louise Myrback in her film debut). Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
R (violence, language, some sexual content)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Julia Stiles
as Ellie Christianson
William R. Moses
as Ben Christianson
Patrick Muldoon
as Lawson Smith
Vanessa Zima
as Inger Christianson
Michael Parks
as Det. Boland
Chelsea Field
as Karen Christianson
Linda Hart
as Mrs. Potter
Amaryllis Borrego
as Radio Dispatcher
Casey Rion
as Leon
Connie Blankenship
as Mrs. Smith
Patrick McTavish
as Bobby Smith
Vanessa Verdugo
as Police Woman
Kyle Sabihy
as Snuffy
Sterling Macer
as Detective
Ricthie Beano
as Forensics Cop
Timothy McNeil
as Polygraph Monitor
Tom Morris
as Priest
Sandra Kinder
as Assistant Principal
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Critic Reviews for Wicked

All Critics (4)

...a seriously tedious suburban thriller that wastes the talents of its admittedly impressive cast...

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

It may not be the most glossy of films, but at least it tries to meet its audience's expectations.

September 28, 2001
Apollo Guide

Quickly turns from lukewarm thriller to tepid Hallmark drama.

August 29, 2001

Audience Reviews for Wicked

Easily one of the most predictable thriller films, but Julia Stiles did a good job playing the troubled teenager with Elektra complex. Wicked is a combination of Stepford wives with Poison Ivy. The set design was pretty great though, it did a good job showing the supposedly perfect family with a touch of campiness.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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This is a disturbing film. It does leave some questioning at the end. The way they portrayed the incest grossed me out and there was some inconsistency with the script which didn't disrupt the story but made it a little baffling to watch. It's definitely not the best film in this genre but Julia Stiles performance was top-notch. www.what-to-watch.com

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

Okay thriller, Julia Stiles is good. Mildly interesting plot but very far fetched. Another one of those middle of the road pictures. Watchable as well as forgettable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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