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Anguish (1987)

Angustia (original title)
A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

Director:

Bigas Luna

Writers:

Bigas Luna (screenplay), Michael Berlin (dialogue)
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5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zelda Rubinstein ... Mother
Michael Lerner ... John
Talia Paul Talia Paul ... Patty
Àngel Jové Àngel Jové ... Killer (as Angel Jove)
Clara Pastor Clara Pastor ... Linda
Isabel García Lorca Isabel García Lorca ... Caroline (as Isabel Garcia Lorca)
Nat Baker Nat Baker ... Teaching Doctor - Old Movie
Edward Ledden Edward Ledden ... Doctor - Old Movie
Gustavo Gili Gustavo Gili ... Student 1 - Old Movie
Antonio Regueiro Antonio Regueiro ... Student 2 - Old Movie
Joaquín Ribas Joaquín Ribas ... Student 3 - Old Movie
Janet Porter Janet Porter ... Laboratory Nurse - Old Movie
Patrice Manget Patrice Manget ... Nurse at Clinic - Old Movie
Merche Gascón Merche Gascón ... Nurse at Clinic - Old Movie
Jose M. Chucarro Jose M. Chucarro ... Caroline's Boyfriend - Old Movie (as Jose M.ª Chucarro)
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Storyline

A film-within-a-film thriller about two teen girls among a small group of people who are terrorized in a movie theater by a killer while watching a horror film about a murderous optometrist who stalks his victims in a movie theater in the film. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

The eyes of the city are mine.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Michael Lerner is only 8 years younger than Zelda Rubenstein, who plays his mother in the film. See more »

Quotes

Alice Pressman, the Mother: [about a patient miss-treating her son] She doesn't know how hard you struggle
John Pressman: [Simpering] John is your best boy isn't he mother?
Alice Pressman, the Mother: [as John consumes a concotion of liquids mixed with sliced bananas] Yes John... you're my best boy and the best surgeon in town.
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Crazy Credits

When the film ends, we suddenly see the credits scrolling up on a completely different movie screen, together with another completely different cinema audience of onlookers observing it before getting up and leaving one by one until the final onlookers stand up and walk to the left with the screen going black as he/she does so (implying that the real storyline was also yet another film within film). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Rescue
Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
(uncredited)
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What a dazzling new actor! Where has he gone?
9 February 2003 | by jlshelleySee all my reviews

While the movie was a disappointment, I (like many viewers I'm sure) was stunned by the cameo of the young actor, John Shelly, who played Patti's father. While he was only in the film for about 15 seconds, WHAT AN AMAZING 15 SECONDS IT WAS! Mr. Shelly (no relation to me - my name has an e before the y) in his all too brief moments on the screen indeed ran the gamut of emotions, from a deep brooding, DeNiro-like pathos (though DeNiro pales in comparison) at the thought of his daughter's near brush with psychopathic mayhem, to a charming whimsicality (a devilish smile reminiscent of Gable) when he realized she was in safe hands with the doctor, lacklusterly played by a journeyman actor who beat out Mr. Shelley for the part - no doubt due to directorial malfeasance - AND ALL THIS RELAYED TO THE AUDIENCE MERELY BY HIS REPEATED BLINKING. Through research I have discovered, to my endless bewilderment, that Mr. Shelly did not pursue his acting career, this despite a clamor from Hollywood and the repeated pleas of Copolla, Scorcese, Spielburg, and an endless parade of agents and stars (Meryl Streep apparently camped outside his door for a week before he could get a restraining order). Who can fathom what personal demon made him turn his back on this God-given gift, but the movie-going public has been denied a great star, one who could have brought the peoples of the world together in a ringing affirmation of their common humanity. God Bless You, Mr. Shelley, wherever you are!


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$228,789
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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