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Trick of the Eye (1994)

A woman artist is hired by a wealthy woman to paint a mural in a room however she finds out that the woman wants her to do more than paint the mural as hidden family secrets are revealed.

Director:

Ed Kaplan

Writers:

Jane Stanton Hitchcock (novel), John Gay (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Frances Griffin
Meg Tilly ... Faith Crowell
Paxton Whitehead ... Deane
Alastair Duncan ... Simon
Romy Rosemont ... Cathy Newman
Barnard Hughes ... Harry Pitt
Vicki Walker Vicki Walker
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Would-be Gothic stew is internally confused and emotionally petty...
4 November 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Three writers made a valiant attempt to adapt Jane Stanton Hitchcock's novel for the tube, yet this television movie has ultimately been injected with too much melodrama and just doesn't know when to quit. Struggling artist Meg Tilly suddenly finds herself employed by wealthy, enigmatic Ellen Burstyn, who desires a mural painted on the walls of her unused ballroom. After learning about the last gathering held there--Ellen's daughter's coming-out party--Tilly decides on her artistic theme, never dreaming the daughter died mysteriously before the function even began, nor that she and the deceased bore a striking resemblance to one another! Two superb actresses lend their services to an incredible yarn which doesn't bear close scrutiny, one that fails to match either lady in emotional intensity. Burstyn's role teeters on camp, while Tilly gets stuck doing the dreamy-eyed-waif routine. Only one sequence late in the film (the morning after the mural is finished) is charged with honest feeling, anger and betrayal. The rest is piffle.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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