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Audrey Rose (1977)

A stranger attempts to convince a happily married couple that their daughter is actually his daughter reincarnated.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Frank De Felitta (screenplay), Frank De Felitta (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Mason ... Janice Templeton
Anthony Hopkins ... Elliot Hoover
John Beck ... Bill Templeton
Susan Swift ... Ivy Templeton
Norman Lloyd ... Dr. Steven Lipscomb
John Hillerman ... Scott Velie
Robert Walden ... Brice Mack
Philip Sterling ... Judge Langley
Ivy Jones ... Mary Lou Sides
Stephen Pearlman ... Russ Rothman
Aly Wassil Aly Wassil ... Maharishi Gupta Pradesh
Mary Jackson ... Mother Veronica
Richard Lawson ... Policeman #1
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Detective Fallon
Elizabeth Farley Elizabeth Farley ... Carole Rothman
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Storyline

In New York City, Janice Templeton (Marsha Mason) is happily married to executive Bill Templeton (John Beck) and they live in a comfortable and fancy apartment with their eleven-year-old daughter Ivy (Susan Swift). One day, Janice is stalked by a weirdo and she tells her husband. Soon afterwards, the stranger contacts them and invites the couple to meet him in a restaurant. Elliot Hoover (Sir Anthony Hopkins) tells Janice and Bill that his daughter Audrey Rose died eleven years ago, burned in a car crash, and her soul has been reincarnated in Ivy's body. Bill and Janice believe that Elliot is nuts, and Bill tells his lawyer to get a restraining order against Elliot. However, Ivy has dreadful nightmares and only Elliot is able to calm her down. When Elliot abducts Ivy, Bill and Janice go to court to have him arrested. But Elliot wants to prove that Ivy and Audrey Rose are the same soul. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Suddenly Their Lives Were Engulfed By Supernatural Terror! See more »


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Official Sites:

-The official trailer

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audrey Rose See more »

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Production Co:

Sterobcar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only one of his movies for which Director Robert Wise had a full week of rehearsals before shooting. See more »

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The school for girls where Ivy was sent during the trial was administrated by a character dressed as a Catholic nun and addressed as "mother superior". In the mid 1970s Catholic schools still had not fully embraced the celebration of Halloween due to its secular roots. Therefore, it is highly unlikely a Catholic school would allow a ritual with such pagan undertones as students dancing around a large bonfire to melt a giant snowman while chanting blessings for an early spring. See more »

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[first lines]
Janice Templeton: Ivy!
Ivy Templeton: Hi mom!
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From the Director of The Haunting...
13 October 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A stranger (Anthony Hopkins) attempts to convince a happily married couple that their daughter (Susan Swift) is actually his daughter reincarnated.

The film mixes horror and religion, but the typical Catholic religion of the horror tradition. Here it is Hinduism, with all the good and bad that can come of reincarnation. The movie even uses a quotation from the Bhagavad-Gita: "There is no end. For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does it ever cease to be. It is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval." This very much sums up the tone of the film.

The film has been called a ripoff of "The Exorcist", and given it is the story of a girl in the 1970s who may have the spirit / soul of another inside her, that may be a fair assessment. New York Times critic Vincent Canby went through every effort to draw parallels between the two.

In contrast, English professor Adrian Schober wrote that the film "is more a reaction to and reworking of The Exorcist than a 'rip-off', minus the sensationalism, special effects and vulgarity." This is more fair, because for those not watching the film in the 1970s, it may not be obvious how much this film could be compared to the "Exorcist".

Comparisons aside, we get some good acting from Susan Swift, especially in the third act. This was her debut performance, and she has only acted sporadically since. Horror fans may know her from "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers", where she played Mary. Mark Hasan writes that the film "remains a fine example of horror conveyed through emotion, circumstance and atmosphere instead of visual and aural pyrotechnics."

Unfortunately, the best home release available right now (2015) is from Twilight Time. Their Blu-ray is limited to only 3000 copies, which has the side effect of driving the price way up. Good luck finding one new for under $40, which is out of the price range for most fans (especially when it can be seen for free on Netflix).


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