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Coda (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 1 August 1987
A maniac is stalking and killing female students at a university.


Craig Lahiff


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Coda V

This is about a hearing child in a deaf family who finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her family's reliance on her to be their connection to the outside world.

Director: Sian Heder
Stars: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Eugenio Derbez


Complete credited cast:
Penny Cook ... Kate Martin
Arna-Maria Winchester ... Dr. Steiner
Liddy Clark Liddy Clark ... Sally Reid
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Det Sgt Turner
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ... Mike Martin
Vivienne Graves Vivienne Graves ... Anna (as Vivienne Greaves)
Bob Newman Bob Newman ... Psychiatrist
Adrian Shirley Adrian Shirley ... Real Estate Agent
Hedley Cullen ... Old Man at Opera
John Stoneham Sr. ... Police Artist (as John Stoneham)
David Sadler David Sadler ... Student at Window
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Hospital Nurse (as Celine Griffen)
Michael Norman Michael Norman ... Detective (as Mike Norman)


This independent suspense-thriller is set in the hallowed grounds of academia. Mystery abounds after the murder of a music student when she falls to her death from a tower. Then a woman is hospitalized after an attack and the wrong man is arrested. But a masked phantom continues to stalk young female university students on the campus evoking a maniacal phantom of the opera. An Australian thriller in the Hitchcock tradition with references to Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Pic has a great music score by Frank Strangio and was lensed in the south of Adelaide at Flinders University. Written by Jamie Skinner

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1 August 1987 (Australia) See more »

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Deadly Possession See more »

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This film was originally intended for Theatrical release but was released straight to video and television instead. See more »


References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »


Composed by Richard Strauss
Used by kind permission of Boosey and Hawkes (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker
Conducted by Georg Solti with Birgit Nilsson
Used by kind permission of PolyGram Records Pty. Limited
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Nothing spectacular, but with occasional highlights
1 July 2002 | by janguSee all my reviews

*Warning* Spoilers* I bought this video, expecting it to be another movie! However, I decided to watch it and was soon caught up in this horror-thrillers complicated web of intrigue. Because it is complicated and the movie take more than enough time to arrive at the rather obvious conclusion. But there are some pleasure to be had from this "sub-Hitchcockian" exercise in terror. The leads are interesting and well played by unknown Australian thespians. It should also be noted that the two main characters are strong women. The only man to be seen more than fleetingly is soon out of the picture (the heroines boyfriend). However, if you are gay or, especially, lesbian, you should have quite a few problems with this movie since there is a homicidal lesbian depicted (not an altogether ugly portrait, but still...). All in all, nothing special, but done with a certain flair for the medium and the genre (the final 15 minutes ARE tense and the attack by the mask-wearing and sword-wielding maniac in an empty school is a creepy sight). And since it is set in the world of a music academy, it contains many beautiful pieces of classical highlights!

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